Q & A: Vikas Swarup

Ram Mohammad Thomas is a poor, uneducated orphan from Mumbai who just happens to win a billion rupees on a quiz show. What follows is his arrest by the police and an inquiry into how someone like him could have known the answers to questions about the solar system and Shakespearean plays. Rescued from the police by a young lawyer, Smita, he replays the TV footage for her, and so unravels the story of his life and how he came to know the answers to those fateful questions. I loved this book, a quirky, entertaining and heartwarming novel and a slightly fantastical fable about life and fate.