Vikas Swarup’s page-turning novel about an impoverished Indian waiter who stuns the world by correctly answering all twelve questions on a television quiz show.Now with movie-tie-in art, Slumdog Millionaire is a beautifully written, clever novel and “readers will consider themselves winners after spending time in the world of this very rich tale” (The Washington Post Book World). A beguiling blend of high comedy and poignancy, Vikas Swarup has created a kaleidoscopic vision of modern India, the struggle of good against evil, and what happens when one boy has no other choice in life but to survive.Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, and 28 Days Later) and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures—the indie studio that made Little Miss Sunshine a hit—Slumdog Millionaire is taking the festival circuit by storm. In its coverage of the Telluride Film Festival, Variety said, “the runaway smash was Danny Boyle’s exhilarating, madly entertaining drama Slumdog Millionaire.” The Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern said the film “takes us to a level that tops the Rockies for heightened experience. An amalgam of Oliver Twist, The Three Musketeers, and Bollywood extravaganza…there’s never been anything like this densely detailed phantasmagoria—groundbreaking in substance, damned near earth-shaking in style.” About the Author Vikas Swarup was born in Allahabad (India) in a family of lawyers.After his schooling, Vikas attended Allahabad University and studied History, Psychology and Philosophy. He also made his mark as a champion debater, winning National level competitions. After graduating with distinction, he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986, motivated by an interest in international relations and a desire to explore different cultures.In his diplomatic career, Vikas has been posted to various countries such as Turkey (1987-1990), the United States (1993-1997) Ethiopia (1997-2000) and the United Kingdom (2000-2003). Since August 2006 he has been posted in Pretoria as India’s Deputy High Commissioner.Vikas has participated in the Oxford Literary Festival, the Turin International Book Fair, the Auckland Writers’ Conference, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Kitab Festival in New Delhi, the St. Malo International Book & Film Festival in France, the ‘Words on Water’ Literary Festival at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the Jaipur Literature Festival.Apart from reading, Vikas enjoys listening to music and playing cricket, tennis and table tennis.His wife Aparna is an artist who has held exhibitions in India and abroad. They have two sons Aditya and Varun.
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