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Martyr’s Day Book Exhibition

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Date: 29-31 January 2009

Venue : Library

 

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Cyber Quiz

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Questions

1. Jason Kilar is the CEO of which online video venture?

2. According to a researched study, what is considered by many to be the most used application in Windows?

3. Which ‘leader’ signed off his first text message, sent out in the middle of last year, as ‘BXVI’?

4. If Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP was ‘Polaris’, what is it for Windows Media Player 11 for Windows Vista?

5. Name the new CEO of Yahoo who will get a $1 million base salary, as part of a lucrative $19-million compensation package?

6. Graham Joyce, the British author who has penned 14 novels and 26 short stories, has been tapped by the developer of which very popular game to write its next version?

7. Who tout themselves as ‘the world’s largest online movie rental service’?

8. What is common to Jaiku, Dodgeball, Notebook and other Google projects?

9. The former landlord of Nintendo’s NY office building in the early 1980s has given his name to which character?

10. Akamai’s data showed the biggest spike in Internet usage in the US (till end 2007) happened on November 4 when over 8 million visitors per minute went online. What was the occasion?

 

Answers

1. Hulu

2. The Solitaire game!

3. Pope Benedict XVI

4. Aurora

5. Carol Bartz.

6. Doom (for Doom 4).

7. Netflix

8. They are either getting the axe or being exported to other features.

9. Mario (from Mario Segali).

10. It was election night 2008 when Barack Obama was elected the President.

 

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, Business Line

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Quiz Time

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Questions

1. The city of Salzburg saw the birth of a famous composer on this date in 1756. Name him.

2. Who is the director of the multi-award winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’?

3. The United Nations has designated January 27 as the International Commemoration Day in Memory of the victims of which 20th Century atrocities?

4. In which month of the Islamic calendar was Prophet Muhammad born?

5. What is the nationality of the singer Celine Dion?

6. In the story about the Three Brothers in The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which brother took his own life?

7. What does an emetic medicine do?

8. Which country’s name occurs in the name of the second highest mountain in Africa?

9. Which element, with atomic number 35, gets its name from Greek for “stench”, due to its characteristic smell?

10. Who in 1705 was the first person to be knighted for scientific achievement?

11. Which current cricketer has a nickname due to his love of placing a bet?

12. The two main tools used by blind persons to write text are called?

13. Who among the last five U.S. Presidents had the nickname ‘Poppy’?

14. The name of Igor Sikorsky is associated with…?

15. Fill in the blank: In statistics, the value that occurs the most frequently in a data set or a probability distribution is called _______?

 

Answers

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Danny Boyle
3. The Holocaust
4. Rabi’
al-awwal, the third month
5. Canadian
6. The middle brother
7. Induces vomiting
8. (Mount) Kenya
9. Bromine
10. Sir Isaac Newton
11. Ricky ‘ Punter’ Ponting
12. Slate and stylus
13. George Herbert Walker Bush
14. Helicopters
15. Mode

Courtesy: V V Ramanan, The Hindu

Filed under: Young World Quiz

Q and A

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Q and A

by

Vikas Swaroop

Q and A is a novel by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat. Published in 2005, it was the author’s first novel. Set in India, it tells the story of Ram Mohammad Thomas, a poor young waiter who becomes the biggest quiz-show winner in history, only to be sent to jail on accusations that he cheated. It was the basis of the 2008 feature film Slumdog Millionaire.

Narrated in the first person, the novel follows the life of the young waiter as he explains to his sympathetic lawyer, Smita Shah, just how he managed to answer twelve random questions, by pure luck. As he says, “Well, wasn’t I lucky they only asked those questions to which I knew the answers?”

Ram goes on to tell her how by drawing from the experiences of his own short, yet turbulent and sometimes cruel life he, a poor, young waiter, managed to answer the twelve questions that led him to the jackpot.

The author has said that he was inspired by the Hole in the Wall project which installed a computer in a Delhi slum. Young children taught themselves about the use of computers without intervention from the experimenters.

Q and A won South Africa’s Boeke Prize 2006.It was also shortlisted for the Best First Book by the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and won the Prix Grand Public at the 2007 Paris Book Fair.

To date, the book has sold translation rights in 36 languages, including French, German, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Turkish, Icelandic, Chinese, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Serbian, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese (as The Riddle Boy from Mumbai), and Portuguese.

Q and A was adapted into a radio play, a stage musical and a feature film, Slumdog Millionaire. The radio dramatisation by Ayeesha Menon, directed and produced by John Dryden on BBC Radio 4, won the Sony Radio Award for Drama 2008 and the IVCA Clarion Award 2008. Harper Collins brought out the audio book, read by Kerry Shale, which won the Audie Award for best fiction audio book of the year.

Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, was highly acclaimed and won four Golden Globe awards in 2009. It also won five Critics Choice Awards, and has been nominated for eleven BAFTA Awards and ten Academy Awards. The film has also received 10 Oscar Nominations.

Courtesy: wikipedia

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Meet The Author

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Vikas Swarup, author of the book Q and A which was made into the film Slumdog Millionaire. Photograph: David Levene/Guardian

Interview by Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, Courtesy Guardian, UK

 

When they made a film of Vikas Swarup’s bestseller, they gave it an extreme makeover. But can I get the author to say anything critical about Danny Boyle‘s hit adaptation of his debut novel, about a penniless orphan who wins India‘s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Not a chance. Swarup, you see, is a diplomat. And not just any diplomat: his sumptuous business card, embossed with three golden lions, tells me he is minister and deputy high commissioner of India, based in Pretoria.

They changed the title from Q&A to Slumdog Millionaire. (“That made a lot of sense,” says Swarup.) They changed the ending. (“Danny thought the hero should be arrested on suspicion of cheating on the penultimate question, not after he wins as I had it. That was a successful idea.”) They made friends into brothers, axed Bollywood stars and Mumbai hoodlums and left thrilling subplots on the cutting-room floor. Crucially, they changed the lead character’s name from Ram Mohammad Thomas to Jamal Malik, thereby losing Swarup’s notion that his hero would be an Indian everyman, one who sounded as though he was Hindu, Muslim and Christian. Instead, they made Jamal a Muslim whose mother is killed by a Hindu mob. (“It’s more dramatically focused as a result, perhaps more politically correct.”)

“I was forewarned of the changes by Simon Beaufoy, the screenwriter,” Swarup says. And he’s still happy. “The film is beautiful. The plot is riveting. The child actors are breathtaking.”

Swarup has one niggle. He worries how that scene of Hindu mobs murdering Muslims will play when the film opens in India next week. “People in India are sensitive about how they’re portrayed, so there will be criticisms. But a Bollywood director recently told me Slumdog Millionaire’s failing was that it wasn’t extreme enough to be truly Indian. India has a genius for recycling its contradictions.” Swarup rewards my sceptical frown with an endearing smile.

But why would Swarup complain? From the window table of our restaurant in London’s Victoria, bus after bus rolls by advertising Slumdog Millionaire. He points them out. His debut novel, already translated into 37 languages and garnering awards around the world, is back in the bestseller lists. And Swarup is basking in the glow of the four Golden Globes that the film won this week. Not to mention the 11 Bafta nominations. Paulina, our waitress, notices his novel on the table and tells me she loved the film. “It was about real struggles against adversity,” she says. “It really spoke to me.”

Fair enough, Paulina, but what you don’t know is that the Slumdog Millionaire from Mumbai’s meanest streets was born in London’s rather more genteel Golders Green. He came to life on Swarup’s laptop while the diplomat was finishing his British tour of duty at the Indian high commission in 2003.

“I had two months left in London before I went home,” recalls Swarup, 48. “My family [wife Aparna, sons Aditya and Varun] had already returned to Delhi, partly because our children were not really rooted as Indians. We had been in Turkey, Washington, Addis Ababa and London and it was time to go home. My eldest son supported the England cricket team. His hero was Andrew Flintoff. Terrible!

“After they had gone, I thought: ‘Now is the time to write the novel.’ But I’m not one of those writers who wants to spend four pages describing a sunrise. There are so many of them in India. I’m a sucker for thrillers and I wanted to write one. I’m much more influenced by Alastair MacLean and James Hadley Chase. I’m no Arundhati Roy.”

A catalyst was Major Charles Ingram, convicted for cheating his way to winning the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? “If a British army major can be accused of cheating, then an ignorant tiffin boy from the world’s biggest slum can definitely be accused of cheating.”

Swarup’s conceit was that an uneducated hero becomes a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and, through the sort of miraculous fortune that would make an atheist believe in a benevolent personal deity, is asked a series of questions that he can answer. Ram’s success makes everyone suspicious. How can a slumdog know who Shakespeare was? Q&A’s retort is that Ram’s adventures in orphanages and brothels, with gangsters and Bollywood celebrities, have taught him the answers to each question India’s Chris Tarrant poses. The novel’s seductive opening sentences are: “I have been arrested. For winning a quizshow.”

Swarup is the second Indian novelist to have hit the headlines recently with a slum-dwelling chai wallah hero who gets rich quick. The other was Aravind Adiga, whose novel White Tiger won the Booker last October. Like Adiga, Swarup is from a middle-class Indian family. His parents were lawyers in Allahaband. His grandfather’s library, which little Vikas ploughed through, had a first edition of Mein Kampf next to Isaiah Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty. Swarup is many things, but no slumdog.

“This isn’t social critique,” he objects. “It’s a novel written by someone who uses what he finds to tell a story. I don’t have firsthand experience of betting on cricket or rape or murder. I don’t know if it’s true that there are beggar masters who blind children to make them more effective when they beg on the streets. It may be an urban myth, but it’s useful to my story.”

Swarup knew that he had to complete his novel before leaving London. “I’d been made India’s director of relations with Pakistan. It was going to be 9am to 9pm every day. So I had to finish the book before I got the plane home.”

He wrote quickly – one productive weekend yielded 20,000 words. “It was only with the 11th agent I sent chapters to that I got anywhere. I emailed Peter Buckman the first four and a half chapters on Wednesday. On Thursday he wrote back. The following week we met. He told me he wanted to sell the book. The only problem was there was no book.”

On 11 September 2003, however, he handed the first draft to Buckman. Soon afterwards, Buckman negotiated a six-figure two-book deal for his client with Transworld. “I am the luckiest novelist in the world. I was a first-time novelist who wasn’t awash in rejection slips, whose manuscript didn’t disappear in slush piles. I have had a wonderful time.”

Like Adiga’s White Tiger, however, Swarup’s novel is unlikely to win plaudits from the Indian tourist board. Its depiction of Swarup’s homeland is hardly diplomatic. “You might think that, but I have had no complaints, not from the Mumbai police [whom he depicts as child torturers] or from anyone in the government. My country respects artistic freedom.”

Before Q&A, Swarup’s last published story was written half a lifetime ago. It was called The Autobiography of a Donkey. No one yet has optioned the film rights. “Maybe I only had one great idea that everybody can enjoy: the story of an underdog who wins. I’m not so sure I’ll ever be so lucky to come across another story.”

His second novel, Six Suspects, was published last year. But this complex, Indian-set whodunnit has a major problem. “The problem is my nine-year-old son. He claims to have read Six Suspects. He told me he wanted an MP3 player for finishing it. I said no. Now he threatens that if I don’t he’ll name the murderer from my book on Facebook.”

Our time is up. After lunch, Swarup must fly back to South Africa. Is it difficult to be a writer and a diplomat? “I can’t write in the crevices of a working day. So it’s hard.”

Does he dream about giving up the day job? “No! There’s no better time to be an Indian diplomat. India is flavour of the season. While the rest of the world is going to hell, India and China are doing well. I revel in my job”.

• Slumdog Millionaire the novel (previously Q&A) is published by Black Swan. Slumdog Millionaire the movie is on general release.

 

Author web site

www.vikasswarup.net

 

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Kendriya Vidyalaya New Admission Guidelines & Schedule

Kendriya Vidyalaya Admission Guidelines

http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/guidelines1.aspx

ADMISSION SCHEDULE IN KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS FOR 2009-10

CONTENTS

SCHEDULED DATES

A. FIRST ROUND OF ADMISSION

Advertisement for admission by Regional offices

First week of Feb. 2009

Sale of Forms & Registration(except class XI)*

15TH Feb. 2009 onwards

Last date of Registration for class I and other classes (except class XI)

20-3-2009( 2 PM TO 5 PM)

Admission test class II onwards

7-4-2009 to 9-4-2009

Declaration of list & admission for class I

25-3-2009 TO 31-3-2009

Declaration of list class II onwards

16-4-2009

Admission class II onwards

21-4-2009 to 23-4-2009

Dereservation of quota

21-7-2009 to 25-7-2009

Registration for class XI*

Within 20 days after declaration of Board results

Display of list & Admission for class XI

Within 27 days after declaration of Board results

Last date of Admission

31-7-2009

05 more students could be admitted in each section/class provided such candidates are the wards of Central Govt. employees belonging to Category I. In addition to the children of parents transferred during the year, the children of parents belonging to Cat. I transferred during previous years will also be considered eligible for admission if seats are available after accommodating the children of Category-I parents transferred during the particular academic session.

10-8-2009 to 30-9-2009

Admission accorded by Commissioner, KVS for the wards of Central Govt./Central PSU employees who are actually coming on transfer after 30th September up to 30th November subject to availability of vacancies.

Up to 30-11-2009

B. SECOND ROUND OF ADMISSION(IF VACANCY EXISTS)

Notification for vacancy at Regional & KV Level

30-6-2009

Registration

1-7-2009 to 7-7-2009

Admission test

10-7-2009 to 11-7-2009

Display of admission test

14-7-2009 to 15-7-2009

Admission

17-7-2009 to 20-7-2009

* Subject to availability of vacancy in a particular class

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This information is downloaded from KVS RO Chennai website.

Please visit these sites for more details

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Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Regional Office , Chennai

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Library Bulletin, Vol.2, Issue 1, January 2009 released

The Library Bulletin for the month of January 2009 released.

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Contents

Page 1

  • Popular Books of 2008
  • Fresh Picks!
  • Do You Know

Page 2

  • Book Review: White Tiger( Aravind Adiga) by Amrita G. Nair
  • Exhibitions & Displays
  • Billion Beats-E paper
  • Tips for an expert web search
  • Suggest A Book
  • Site Watch
  • Attention
  • Library Statistics

READ THE BULLETIN HERE

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Constitution of India

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On January 26, the Republic Day, let us try to understand our Constitution better..

India ie. Bharat is a Union of States. It is a Sovereign Socialist Democratic Republic with a parliamentary system of government. The Republic is governed in terms of the Constitution of India which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November 1949 and came into force on 26th January 1950.

The Constitution provides for a Parliamentary form of government which is federal in structure with certain unitary features. The constitutional head of the Executive of the Union is the President. As per Article 79 of the Constitution of India, the council of the Parliament of the Union consists of the President and two Houses to be known as the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of the People (Lok Sabha). Article 74(1) of the Constitution provides that there shall be a Council of Ministers with a Prime Minister as its head to aid and advise the President, who shall exercise his functions in accordance to the advice. The real executive power is thus vested in the Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister as its head.

The Council of Ministers is collectively responsible to the House of the People (Lok Sabha). Every State has a Legislative Assembly. Certain States have an upper House called State Legislative Council. Governor is the Head of a State. There shall be a Governor for each State and the executive power of the State shall be vested in him. The council of Ministers with the Chief Minister as its head advises the Governor in the discharge of the executive functions. The Council of the Ministers of a state is collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly of the State.

The Constitution distributes legislative powers between Parliament and State legislatures as per the lists of entries in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution. The residual powers vest in the Parliament. The centrally administered territories are called Union Territories.

“This information is downloaded from the website of  Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department)”.

Read the Constitution of India here

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Politics as a career

 

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This article appeared on CNN.Money.com

Read about American politics and the career. Think about that in Indian conditions

 

Behind every great candidate are consultants, often highly paid ones.

January 7, 2005: 5:47 PM EST
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money senior writer

 

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – For those who love politics, there’s nothing like a presidential campaign to get your fill.

But for those who really love politics, there’s nothing like making a career of every campaign season.

In this installment of our ongoing series on interesting six-figure jobs, we take a look at a few political consulting jobs – specifically, pollster, media strategist and opposition researcher.

A survey released last year by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) at American University found that roughly 50 percent of those working in political consulting made at least $100,000. Indeed, the potential for stars is to make far more.

This year, nearly half a million people will run for office, but only about 10 percent of the campaigns have professionals working for them, said James Thurber, director of the CCPS. Those campaigns range from the presidential race to large statewide gubernatorial, Congressional and Senate campaigns, as well as mayoral races in some big cities.

Dennis Johnson, associate dean of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, estimates there are about 7,000 political consultants working today.

To work at many political consulting firms you need two things: a demonstrated love of politics – volunteering and working your way up to paid positions in various campaigns or working on Capitol Hill – and great partisan loyalty.

Not that some consultants won’t switch parties for a job. But if you’re going to work for a Republican consulting firm, it’s best to come bearing your elephant soul. Likewise, if you’re knocking on the door of a Democrat, you’d best have voted for Bill Clinton and meant it.

A love of issue advocacy and crisis management doesn’t hurt either. In between elections, many consulting firms butter their bread with work from corporations, political action committees, unions and even candidates and causes in other countries.

Pollster

Ed Goeas, president and CEO of Republican polling and strategy firm The Tarrance Group, isn’t getting much sleep these days. When he does catch a few winks, it’s between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. That’s when his team is in the field running polls for the Bush campaign in six states as well as campaigns in other states. He then stays up all night analyzing the data and spends the next morning briefing campaign teams on the results.

The schedule of pollsters and their staffs in the last few months before an election is brutal – often 18 to 20 hours a day, Goeas said. It’s more civilized in the off-season – meaning non-election years.

Goeas’ job involves analyzing polling numbers, helping the campaign develop a strategy based on those numbers and monitoring that strategy.

Of all political consultants, pollsters are most likely to have advanced degrees, since statistics are a heavy component of the job. But Goeas, who worked his first campaign at 12, recalls that when he started working at The Tarrance Group, the firm’s founder told his staff that Goeas got his doctorate on the streets.

The commitment to “the cause,” as Goeas calls it, can be very hard on family life, he said. The reward, however, is in working for and getting people elected who you believe in.

The path to six figures in polling can take eight to 10 years, Goeas estimates, depending on the size of the accounts you manage.

Media strategist

A media strategist oversees how the campaign is presented to the public. That includes everything from helping a candidate hone his or her message and prepare for debate; creating and producing campaign ads; buying and coordinating ad spots across different media; and speech writing.

In deciding whether to work with you, a candidate will look at your win-loss record, how long you’ve worked in the area where he or she is running, and your creative work. Beyond that, “it comes down to the basic: Do they click with you?” said Jim Duffy, a partner in Strother Duffy Strother, a leading media strategy firm for Democrats.

One route to becoming a media strategist is working your way up the ranks of a campaign to the post of communications director or press secretary. The earnings at that level can range from $4,000 a month to $20,000 a month if you’re working on a major statewide race, Duffy said.

That puts you in touch with the media strategists employed by the campaign, and those connections can lead to full-time work in media strategy. A firm like Duffy’s might hire you as an associate for between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. The salary you earn is dependent on your experience and the campaign business you bring with you to manage.

Graduate degrees don’t hurt. “But it’s more about you and your experience, aptitude and who you know,” Duffy said.

During election years, your time between Labor Day and early November isn’t yours. There’s no rest and no weekends, he said.

Besides the long hours, taking the heat is one of the stresses of the job, Duffy said. “If (your media strategy) doesn’t work, they look at you.” They also look at you if something beyond your control goes wrong. Maybe an opponent digs up dirt on your candidate and for one reason or another not of your choosing, your side doesn’t respond quickly. “It’s a classic case of all of a sudden it ain’t a pretty picture any longer,” Duffy said.

Media strategists, Duffy said, can make up to $500,000 a year. Some, Thurber said, can make even more.

Even those who work for B-level or C-level firms, Duffy added, “won’t end up at the poorhouse.”

Opposition researcher

If you like digging up dirt, opposition research may be a field for you.

Opposition researchers find information on the opposing candidate and write it up for the campaign staff in a report – which can run as long as 900 pages, said Jason Stanford, president of the Democratic opposition research firm StanfordEverhart.

More than just detailing the past voting records of the competition, researchers are looking for ways to illustrate and document how the opponent differs from their candidate, and to demonstrate how an opponent’s public record doesn’t necessarily match his or her political rhetoric. For instance, Stanford said, maybe an opponent voted to raise taxes but didn’t actually pay his own property tax.

The key is using public documents to support the case. For most people, finding them can be difficult or slow. The value of an opposition researcher is efficiency and discretion once he finds gold. “I just know how to get it faster and more discreetly. I’m not going to go to a bar and brag,” he said.

Beyond that, Stanford uses the information he finds to help construct political arguments for the campaign. He also helps campaigns strategize how to publicly address any dirt dug up on his candidates.

In the heat of election season, Stanford and his staff might put in 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

Extensive travel is another component of the job. Since he has a good staff, Stanford only travels about one week a month, but it used to be much more. Beyond that, he said, “the isolation is one of the freakiest parts of the job.” Sometimes, he’ll spend whole days in a library, and the first person he’ll speak to is the waiter at dinner.

In terms of earning potential, when you’re just starting out you may make well under $30,000. His first campaign paid him $1,800 a month. But after a number of campaigns, you can make in the low six figures. Indeed, he said, for some, “I don’t think a quarter of a million is out of reach.”  Top of page

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White Tiger: Book review

 

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Reviewed by

Amrita Nair, XII B

(First Prize in Book review competition, National Library Week, 2008)

 

Not So Shining..

ARAVIND ADIGA’S DEBUTANT NOVEL HAS BEEN HOGGING THE LIMELIGHT FOR RESONS OTHER THAN WINNING THE WORLD’S MOST  COVETED RECOGNETION ,THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE FOR THE YEAR 2008. THE NOVEL “ THE WHITE TIGER “ HAS TORN DOWN THE MASK FRON THE SO CALLED SHINING FACE OF INDIA AND EXPOSED THE DEEPLY SCARRED AND POVERTY STRICKEN FACE OF THE UNSUNG MASSES .

                       ADIGA’S PORTRAYAL OF INDIA HAS RUFFLED A FEW FEATHERS OF THOSE INDIANS WHO HAD BEEN BASKING IN THE GLORY OF INDIA’S RISING SENSEX AND INCREASING INCOME FROM ABROAD .IT IS NOT JUST A CONTENT , BUT ALSO HIS STYLE OF PRESENTATION THAT COMES AS A SURPRISE. THE ENTIRE NOVEL IS IN THE FORM OF A  LETTER  ADRESSED TO THE CHINESE PREMIERE WEN JIABAO FROM AN INDIAN ENTRIPRENEUR BASED IN BANGLORE .

              ‘THE WHITE TIGER ‘ HAS DEPICTED THE  CONDITION OF THE POOR AND THE POLITICIAN WHO FEED UPON THEIR HELPLESSNESS  TO FILL THEIR OWN POCKETS .IT HAS REVEALED TO THE WORLD THAT IT IS THE SWEET OF THE POOR THAT GLISTEN IN THE INDIAN SUN AND FORINERS MISTAKE IT FOR GLITTER .(ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.)

        THE  PROTAGONIST OF THE NOVEL BALRAM HALWAI IS BORN IN A POOR FAMILY IN BIHAR  BUT WITH AN INNATE AMBITION TO BE HIGH AND MIGHTY LIKE THE LANDLOARDS IN THE VILLAGE .THE PROTAGONIST FEEL THE NEED TO FLEE THE VILLAGE AND LOOK FOR A LIVING IN THE CITY WHEN HE COMES ACROSS THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED THEIR LIVES IN VILLAGE SHATTERED AN MEANINGLES .HE OFTEN COMPARES HIS VILLAGE AND SACRED RIVER GANGA WITH DARKNESS .THIS WAS THE MAJOR FACTOR AROUSING THE PATRIOTIC OR RATHER INFLAMMABLE PASSION OF THE INDIAN INTELLIGENSIA AND THE EVER VIGILANT MEDIA . BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT ONE CAN ONLY SEE WHAT ONE WANT TO SEE .THE AUTHOR SPEAKS OF DARKNESS BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT IS PRESENT IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT .(FREE EDUCATION AND CONTENTED LIVES IN BIHAR.)

   WHEN THE PROTAGONIST MOVES TO DELHI TO MAKE HIS FORTUNE THE BOOK SLOWLY START REVEALIED THE TRUE COLORS OF  INDIA’S NATIONAL CAPITAL .DELHI APPEARS STYLISH AND ELEGANT TO OTHERS (READ FOREIGN INVESTORS ) BECAUSE IT HAS SUCESSFULLY CAMOUFLAGED THE THAT PLAQUES THE CITY , BEHIND THE CONCRETE JUNGLE,IN THE INSIGNIFICANT  SLUMS.

THE BOOK IS LKE A TYPICAL ADOOR GOPALAKRISHNAN MOVIE ,JUST DEPICTION OF LIFE ,NO BACKGROUND SCORE ,NO LARGER THAN LIFE DRAMA , NOTHING AT ALL.’THE WHITE TIGER’ UNFOLDS MORE LIKE A CHEMISTRY TEXT BOOK .IT SPEAKS ABOUT THE INEQUALITY BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR .OUR SPEAKER POLITICIANS FORMULATE LAWS AND POLICIES THAT CATALYSE THE EARNING CAPACIY OF THE RICH ,MAKIN THEM RICHER AND THE POOR POORER .

NO MATTER WHAT INCENTIVES ARE ANNOUNCED FOR THE POOR ,IT NEVER REACHES THEM BECAUSE THE MIDDLEMEN AND THE POLITICIANS FORM AN ELABORATE NETWORK BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMON MASSES .

THE PROTAGONIST ‘S MASTER ASHOK AND HIS WIFE PINKY ARE CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF INDIA ‘S CITY –DWELLING ELITE .THEY NEITHER KNOW NOR CARE ABOUT THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO ARE IN THEIR SERVICE .THEIR HOPES AND BELIEFS ECHO THE SPIRIT OF MODERN INDIA ,WHERE THE TIME TESTED VALUES OF TRUTH AND SELFLES SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY (READ PATRIOTISM) ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION .

THER NOVEL PROCEDS AT A SNAIL,S PACE EVEN THOUGH THE EVENTS ARE NARRATED BY THE PROTAGONIST IN A SPAN OF 3 – 4 DAYS .THE COLD BLODDED MURDER OF ASHOK BY HIS NEW DRIVER ,BALRAM HALWAR , DOES NOTHING TO EVOKE A SENSE OF FEAR OR INSTIL A CHILL IN THE SPINE .

THE BOOK CAN SERVE AS A WINDOW TO THE WORLD ABOUT THE TRUTH BEHIND ‘INCREDIBLE’ INDIA .HOW IT MANAGED TO KNOCK THE ’ THE SOCK OFF ’ THE JUDGES AT THE BOKER EVENT IS STILL A MYSTERY TO COME .WELL ,ONE CAN ALWAYS VIEW A GLASS AS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY .ADIGA CHOSE THE LATTER AND MAY BE THE JUDGES SAW THEFORMER IN HIS BOOK .

INDIA IS A NATION OBSESSED WITH CRICKET AND PRODUCES SURPRISING RESULTS EVERTHING IT OES , LIKE IN CRICKET SOMETIMES IT WINS AN UNEXPECTED MATCH AND SOMETIMES LOSES AN EASY MATCH .(GOT THE ANALOGY BETWEEN INDIA AN DCICKET ?) INDIA ‘S 6 DECADE LONG ATTEMPT IN ALLEVIATING POVERTY HAS NOT JUST FAILED , BUT ALSO PRODUCED STUNNING RESULTS IN INCREASING THE NUMBER OF INDIAN MILLIONARES AND BILLLIONARES .

EVEN THOUGH ‘THA WHITE TIGER ‘ (ARAVIND ADIGA ) ,LACKS THE OF ‘ INHERITANCE OF LOSS “ , IT SUCESSFULLY REVEALS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS IN LIFE :

ANYONE WITH A KILLAR INSTINCT ,CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN .’

AND NOW A WORD OF CAUTION ,THIS BOOK IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO SEEK INSPIRATION FOR SUCCESS.THOSE BOOKWORMS WHO NEED TO KEEP THE MID NIGHT OIL BURNING SHOULD LOOK ELSEWHERE .

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