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posted May 11, 2010, 5:40 PM by Devin Turk

I think that Ram's future looks bright. I believe this because after all he has been threw he has never given up and it has paid off well. He went on w3b to get revenge but left wealthy and he went to the red light district thinking he was going to party and ended up falling in love. In other words he now has enough money to live a succesful wife and support his new wife and maybe a family.On top of that he is producing a movie that his friend happens to have a role in.Also he has reunited with his "sister" Gudiya. To sum it all up after Ram has  experienced all these hardships and lost so many loved ones he has finally found what you would call True Happiness

question 11

posted May 11, 2010, 5:23 PM by Devin Turk

I belive that,even though he believes he's already murdered two people, Ram is unable to kill Prem Kumar because he cannot rightly justify his death. He says and i quote "I do not have enough anger in me to justify his death". Even though Prem has brutally mistreated to important female figures in his life Ram cannot black out in a violent rage and kill him in cold blood. He does not feel as much hatred as he did towards gudiya's father and he can't black out and simply shoot him like he did to the train robber

why does Vikas Swarup choose the name "Ram Mohammad Thomas" for his protagonist?

posted May 10, 2010, 6:10 PM by Devin Turk   [ updated May 11, 2010, 5:22 PM ]

I believe that he named him this to show the religous differences in India. In India the majority of it's natives are either Hindu(which is where Ram came from) or Muslim(where "Mohammad" came from). In actuality the tension between these two religions in India is so thick that it could be cut with a knife.There are several times in the story where Ram or Salim are treated differently because of the muslim influence. At some point ram even went as far as to creat an alias "Raju". There are also times when we witness the hate between these two religions put into motion. His last name "Thomas" is of christian influence given to him by his adopted paretns. Christians and Chrsitain churches also have hate place towards them by the natives. During Rams childhood his adopted father and father john are killed because they were accused of forcing their religion on to the muslims and hindu's. So as i stated before he shows the religous diversity by giving him 3 names from 3 different religions. Also i guess you could say that because the 3 religions don't exactly get along in india the name could represent his inner strugle and the conflicts he has in his life and within himself

How do you feel when reading the book? Why did you feel this way?

posted Apr 6, 2010, 7:21 PM by Devin Turk

This book made me feel extremley bad for the imigrants. Some people don't realize that it's harder for other people from central america who are trying to cross the u.s border.  Having to sit on those traintops the whole time always worrying about falling off, or being thrown off. Then the women have to worry about all that along with being raped. They have to go through all this trouble just to make something of themselves and america won't exactly let them do just that. It makes me want to rethink my feelings on immigration laws because the things that they go through are more then just dangerous, its death defying at times

What was the funniest/saddest/strangest thing that happened? Why?

posted Apr 6, 2010, 7:00 PM by Devin Turk   [ updated Apr 6, 2010, 7:02 PM ]

For me just one of the saddest things that happened in the story was when the bandits caught a group of imigrants,tied them up, robbed them, and then one by one proceeded to rape the only female there who happened to be one of the imigrant's wife. It's sad because he had to sit there knowing that his wife was getting raped and there was nothing he could do. It made her not want to even live any more and made her feel dirty. Sh** like this pisses me off so much and disgusts me. Dirty pathetic people taking advantage of the weak for their enjoyment and pleasure. The husband probally thought he was the most useless husband ever and im pretty sure the women became suicidal.

Examine the author’s background. What about that background gives her empathy for her characters

posted Mar 23, 2010, 6:54 PM by Devin Turk   [ updated Apr 6, 2010, 6:50 PM ]

What gives her empathy is the fact that her cleaning lady went through this. She had to leave her children and family behind so she can come to america to make money. She has to live with the thought of having her children apart from her and whether they even look at her as a mother. I said tale like this could make anyone feel empathetic

How did this book make you feel about your own life

posted Mar 14, 2010, 7:05 PM by Devin Turk   [ updated Mar 14, 2010, 7:15 PM ]

Honestly this book made me feel like i take everything for granted. I mean they were forced out of their homes because of a war and had to move from place to place with little food and water. They didn't know if their parents were ok or if they would ever see them again. It made me appreciate the fact that i have a house,food, clothes and that i can come home to see my parents. Alot of people talk about how there lives suck or how bad their parents are every now and then but im sure if they read this book they would complain a bit less. I mean sure your life has it's ups and downs but it could always be much worse.

number3

posted Mar 7, 2010, 7:31 PM by Devin Turk

Elephants&Grass: In my opinion the proverb "When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled"  large forces fight due to conflict(elephants) the ones that really suffer are the little people(grass).There are always innocent people indirectly involved in a large scale fight. When the sudanese government began fighting the rebels the innocent people of sudan were caught in the cross fire. There towns were destroyed, family and friends were killed and/or raped, and they were forced to relocate..several times. War prays on the weak.The lives that are being effected the most by the war are not those of the soldiers,but the lives of the people living on it's battlefield.

The poured fire on us.

posted Feb 28, 2010, 6:29 PM by Devin Turk

When reading this book i became upset at the fact that the government was killing innocent people and destroying their homes. I also felt disgusted when i learned that they burnt the women and children alive in their houses and that some man raped a five year old girl. I felt sorry for the boys when reading about how the had to take such a long and tireing journey. There were so many people lost and it hurt to know that things like that actually happen in our world today.  Even though i felt extremley sympathetic towards the boys i was also amazed at how brave and stong they were. They were still children but they were able to make it out of war zones,dangerous rivers, and scourching hot deserts. Most children in our society can barley go day without there parents but these kids made it over 2 years. I was extremely imppressed that they pulled through all those hardships

Optimist

posted Feb 18, 2010, 3:24 PM by Devin Turk   [ updated Feb 28, 2010, 6:23 PM ]

Ok my names Devin Xavier Turk im buddhist. I'm 15 years old and born in 1994. I'm Caribbean, Native American and African American. I was born in Los Angeles California. When I was 10 I moved to San Diego, at the age of 12 I left to New Jersey and finally I moved back to San Diego 3 years later. I currently go to Kearny high school (graduating class of2012) and so far I like it. There are real cool people in this school. There’s not as much discrimination and separation. I’m a spoken word poet that free runs, plays drums and listens to hip-hop music. I don’t care what language it is because no matter what, hip-hop is still hip-hop. I have 6 siblings in my life and i live with my mother and step father.On my down time I like to hang with friends, go to the movies, party, practice martial arts and learn Japanese. I hate ignorant people, racist people (not like ha-ha black joke I mean like "get away from me nigger/chink/beanery etc.) and stuck up people with a burning passion yo. I'm packing up my things and leaving Japan/Hawaii the day of my 18th birthday and i could care less who doesn't want me to leave.I'm going for my own good and not even god could stop me(haha). I don’t know what I want to be when i get older and some people think that as a highschooler I should but it’s hard when you have a large but basic idea of what you want to do in the future. I don’t want to do something practical like become a doctor, scientist, basketball player, movie star, or lawyer because it's just not me. I want to do something that's gonna help everyone, not just America but everyone. Saving the world isn’t exactly #1 on the average highschooler’s to-do list but I'm not the average highschooler.I want to be remembered as the "guy" who did that amazing "thing" that helped everyone in the world because we were screwing up so bad. We all start out with big dreams, but only some of us get to live out those dreams. Until then i just want to enjoy my highschool days.

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