Vikas Swarup’s spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai,
India, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering
all twelve questions on India’s biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion?
It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper
or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of
exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life
gave him the answer to each question.
Ram takes us on an amazing
review of his own history—from the day he was found as a baby in the
clothes donation box of a Delhi church to his employment by a faded
Bollywood star to his adventure with a security-crazed Australian army
colonel to his career as an overly creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal.
Swarup’s Q & A is a beguiling blend of high comedy,
drama, and romance that reveals how we know what we know—not just
about trivia, but about life itself. Cutting across humanity in all its
squalor and glory, Vikas Swarup presents a kaleidoscopic vision of the
struggle between good and evil—and what happens when one boy has no
other choice in life but to survive. Download and start listening now!