Vikas Swarup


Do you think this is pure luck or is it a coincidence? Of course not. It is because Ram, the main character in Q And A by Vikas Swarup, is able to find the answers to life and future’s many experiences. Ram learned a lot from what was going on in the outside world because he always tried to help people and he also tried to be a good person in society because he had faced so many experiences that left him hanging all alone. Finally all the experiences pay off because the experiences help Ram become a stronger person at the end of the book.

In the first four chapters, Ram has a lot to do with Salim and his community around him but when he lived with Father Timothy who only learned about Christianity so when he lived as part of a community he learned the difference between Muslims and Hindus and he also learned what one has to do to survive alone in a city where he doesn’t know anyone. In the third chapter Ram tells Salim says “I told you not to poke your nose into other people’s affairs, or make other people’s troubles your own.

Remember this as a lesson for the future. (Page 55)”therefore it states that Ram cares about Salim which was a change from the beginning of the novel. Also in the third chapter, Ram help save Gudiya from her dad rapping her and bonds a brother-sister relationship with her. This is considered another change because he didn’t have anybody to call his own and now he knew what it felt like to be a brother. Later he tells a story about how he was sent to a juvenile home for all the stray kids who have no family to call their own.

At the home he faces the truth against people and that is that people aren’t what they seem. He also gets a chance to learn how to sing classical music because Salim has a very pretty voice but unfortunately Ram never had the potential for singing as Salim did. Ram also learned a lot when he lived with an Australian family, Colonel Taylor’s family, as a servant He learned a lot about politics and the military which would help him change throughout his life since that type of info is general knowledge.

He also learned that when you live in a posh locality in Delhi where: “…you live in a nice house, get three hot meals a day, and a salary of one thousand five hundred rupees, yes, one thousand five hundred rupees you learn to swallow your pride. And smile whenever Sahib and Memsahib smile. (105)” He also became a good bar tender which helped him get a job when he had no money or job. He also gets very attached to the family and acts like he is part of the family and that helps change and shape his adulthood because what you learn during your childhood you apply during adulthood.

He also learns a lot about dogs since Maggie, Colonel Taylor’s daughter, gets a dog and explains to him different types of dogs. In the next experience, Ram learned about different capitals of different countries throughout the world like Haiti, Mauritius and Australia. In his next experience he learned about how valuables should be kept very safely especially when in public places. He also learned a little bit about the history of the revolver which helped him answer a 200,000 rupees question on the quiz show he was on.

He also learned respect can only be gained when you have money and a status also he learned “That dreams have power only over your own mind. But with money you can have power over minds of others. (155)” Another experience Ram had was when he met a “fake” soldier when he lived in the chawl during a fake bomb threat in which they had to hide in a bunker for safety. He learned how a war is fought and the different types of medals military officials get when they accomplish something important. He learned a lot about the military and what they do when they fight and how they fight.

Last 4 questions on the quiz show were related to his last four memorable experiences that he experienced in the first eighteen years of his life. He learns about hoe Salim is training to be an actor and he also learns about the hatred between the Muslims and the Hindus, which is ongoing problem even now. Salim also tells him about his encounter with Maman, the juvenile manager, who was harassing Salim when he was sent to the juvenile home when he was younger. He learned about how Salim lived with a serial killer and hoe Salim tricked Ahmed, the serial killer, so he wouldn’t kill his movie producer but kill Maman instead.

Ram spent a lot of time as a servant in different people’s houses so he was very well as managing a house no matter its size. He stays with an actress named Neelima Kumari, also known as the Tragedy Queen of India, and her mother. Salim also wanted this job but since her mother had a vow to not eat anything touched by a Muslim she refused to have Salim as he r servant and made Ram her servant. He learned all about actors and how they live their life. He also got a lot of motherly love form Neelima since they both had sorrows that were in common.

And finally his last experience was when he worked as a tour guide for the Taj Mahal in Agra. He learned about brothels and the reality of life that most girls live through. He also found a girl from a brothel and saved her life. And he learned how to understand Shankar, an orphan with mental disabilities, and his gibberish language He learned a lot of small words in different languages for example: “Over time, I learned to say “Konnichiwa” to Japanese tourists and “Do svidaniya” to Russian, “Muchas gracias” to Spanish tippers and “Howdy” to American rednecks. 253)” Ram learned a lot from what was going on in world infront of him because he always tried to help people and he also tried to be a good person in society because he had faced so many experiences that left him hanging all alone. Finally all the experiences pay off because the experiences help Ram become a stronger person at the end of the book. Ram learned a lot in the period of his first eighteen years but not all the changes were reflected in this book since they show him in his adulthood. Changes in life are made when something impacts him for good reasons.