Schlagwort-Archive: India

Slumdog Millionaire: A Thought for the Crippled – Content

Chapter No. 4

  • Thomas lives in the Dheli Juvenile Home for boys.
  • There are too many children on too less space (noisy and dirty atmosphere).
  • The boys have to live under bad conditions and are beaten by Mr. Gupta, some boys are even abused by him.
  • The dormitory is like hell.
  • Because of speaking English Thomas becomes the leader of the boys and has advantages. Salim comes to the dormitory due to his family being killed by Hindus.
  • Mr. Gupta wants to abuse Salim too, but he was caught by the other wardens. All boys from the dormitory make a trip by international NGO.
  • Salim and Thomas go to a palmist.
  • The palmist says Salim will become a famous actor but for Thomas the stars do not seem to be right. The palmist gives him a lucky coin.
  • Salim and Thomas are chosen by Sethji to go with him to Mumbai. They do not know what Sethji plans but they were told that he is a kind man who helps disabled children.
  • Ram and Salim are brought to Maman’s „school“ in Mumbai.
  • When the two boys see the other children, they are shocked by their outward appearance – They are teached in music by Masterji.
  • Ram and Salim get to know the other children’s sad stories and that Maman’s school is not a normal school, but a beggar school. They should be happy to be able to stay in there even if Maman is not that nice because they can not go anywhere else and are dependent on Maman’s protection from other gangs. Moreover Raju tells Rani his secret about Neelima Kumaii and her search for servants.
  • Ram makes his first experience with drugs or rather glue. Instead of seeing a wonderful vision of his mother (like Jitu) he suffers a horrortrip of his mother, after this he decides to try glue never again.
  • After Ram hearing a conversation between Maman and Punnoose that they want to cripple Salim and him for earning more money, he decides to run away with Salim. Doing this, he realizes the children are crippled by Maman and his gang and not by the police („Whatever you do, wherever you go, never go to the police. Ever.“, p. 108 ll. 23-24).

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Slumdog Millionaire: Tragedy Queen – Content

Chapter No. 10

  • Ram and Salim escape from the clutches of Maman and his gang by taking a train.
  • Arrived in Juhu they go to Neelima Kumai (a film star) to ask for a job as a servant. Neelima needs only one of them and her mother Maaji doesn’t like Muslims, so she chooses Ram (because of Salim being a Muslim). Neelima wants Ram to be a live-in servant, but her mother doesn’t want to have a male in the house. Because of that Ram lives in a chawl in Ghatkopar, in which Salim also can live and which is paid by Neelima
  • Neelima teaches Ram about film genres and tells him that she is called the „Tragedy Queen of India“
  • Maaji becomes ill, so Ram has the job to buy medicines for her
  • One evening Neelima wants to watch her movie together with all workers of the house. Ram thinks that the film shows the life too realistically. Due to seeing Neelima leaving the house and returning late in the evening, he thinks she could have a boyfriend
  • Neelima uses a lot of creams (etc.) to be beautiful and look young
  • Maaji dies
  • Ram moves to Neelima’s flat and lives in a tiny ironing-room. One evening there is a burglar in Neelima’s house and Ram wants Neelima to call the police but the burglar says that he is the biggest fan of her and that he only wants her TV to watch NeeIima’s movies.
  • Ram does not believe him but Neelima tests the burglar with questions about her. The burglar can answer all questions, so Neelima lets him sitting on her couch and Ram has to serve them tea and biscuits.
  • Neelima needs privacy, but Ram observes her and sees her lover
  • Neelima has bruises all over her face and a black eye. She gives cigarettes, whiskey and money to her boyfriend.
  • Neelima says she loves him and that a real tragedy queen has to feel pain, Ram says that due this facts he can become a tragedy king
  • Neelima has an interview, the journalist tests her that she is old
  • Neelima has the wish to die young
  • She gets no hero jobs because of being too old
  • Neelima shows Ram her naked body, which is burned by cigarettes and draws Ram’s face into her chest. Ram feels as though he is no orphan anymore (he is 13 years old)
  • Neelima becomes more depressed, wears her most expensive sari, puts on her finest jewellery and spends hours in front of the mirror
  • She flushes all her cosmetic creams down the toilet, gulps down the tablets of her mother, go to bed and wants Ram to go to the market
  • When Ram returns Neelima lies death in her bed, with her trophy „National Award for the best Actress“ for her role in “Mumtaz Mahal“.
  • Because of being afraid that the police will arrest Ram as a murderer he doesn’t call the police and quits the scene

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Slumdog Millionaire: The Burden of a Priest – Content

Chapter No. 2

  • Ram was born – eighteen years ago – on Christmas Day in the Church of St. Mary
  • He was an orphan child, which was left behind by his mother in the clothes bin of St. Mary’s orphanage, but he didn’t know the reason
  • He was put up for adoption, but no one came for him. Ram had no name („I was just called Baby – the baby that no one wanted“, p. 46 ll. 20-21)
  • Finally, he was adopted by Mrs. Philomena Thomas (who has worked as a cleaner) and her husband Dominic Thomas (who has worked as a gardener). Mrs. Thomas ditched her old husband and the newly adopted baby and ran with the tailor Mastan Sheik to Bhopal. Mr. Thomas was very angry and brought the baby in his cradle to Father Timothy and left it there („Father, this baby is the root cause of all the trouble in my life. You forced me to adopt him, so now you decide what to do with him.“, p. 47 ll. 14-15). Father Timothy took care of the baby for six years and gave Ram the name Joseph Michael Thomas. Two men from the All Faith Committee came to look for the orphan child: They discussed about the baby’s name, because of nobody having known to what religion the parents belonged. The two men and Father Timothy agreed on the new name: Ram Mohammed Thomas.
  • Ram was raised by Father Timothy, which taught him about the life of Jesus, Adam and Eve and about other religions, that is the reason for him being a particularly religious boy
  • Due to the fact, that the relationship between Ram and Father Timothy was never precisely defined, Ram wasn’t sure how important it was for Father Timothy („It was never made clear to me whether I was servant or son, parasite or pet.“, p. 52 l. 23).
  • One Sunday Father Timothy wasn’t alone at the altar, there was another younger priest, called Father John Little.
  • Father Timothy has invited Father John Little for dinner: Ram spilled the soup on Father John Little. The reaction of the priest was very furious („Bloody Hell!“, p. 54 l. 10; „You’re that idiot orphan boy who spilled soup on me the other day! You’d better behave yourself in Father Timothy’s absence. I’ll be watching you very carefully.“, p. 54 ll. 17-20). [Ram is traumatized from now on.]
  • Three days later he went shopping with Joseph: A motorcycle rider came, slaps Ram on the head
  • Father John had strange designs on his body, kept strange magazines under his bed and often had visitors he did not know
  • Ram saw that father John giving drugs to the strangers.
  • Ram was very glad that Father Tymothy returned from a journey.
  • Ian, an English backpacker passing through Delhi arrives
  • Ram saw  trough a keyhole how father John did something bad to Ian. He informed Father Tymothy who said that Ram had to go to bed. The next day Ram found father Tymothy and father John dead
  • He cried together with Ian for three hours because of Father Tymothy’s death. He told Ian that he had lost his father and that he is now a real orphan
  • Ian told Ram that father Tymothy was his father too and that he is now also a real orphan.

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Slumdog Millionaire: The Thirteenth Question – Content

Chapter No. 12

  • Prem Kumar asks the question: „What is the name of Mumtaz Mahal’s father?“
  • The show takes a commercial break: Because of knowing the first question of one billion Rupees by Ram (works as a guide for two years at the Taj Mahal), Prem Kumar changes the question: He does not want Ram to win (p. 304)
  • The show continues and Kumar changes the final question to: „Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29, Ops. 106: ‚Hammerton Sonata‘ is in which key?“
  • Taking another commercial break Kumar and Ram go to the toilet, where Kumar asks Ram whether he knows the answer.
  • Kumar thinks that Ram does not know the answer and tries to corrupt him with 1000 Rupees.
  • Ram does not come to the show to win money, he comes to the show to get revenge on Prem, because Prem Kumar ruins Neelima and hurts Nita by beating her. (p. 307)
  • Ram takes out a gun and points on Prem, but he „can’t kill a man with a cold heart“, (p. 309, l. 25). He remembers Maman and the experiences in his childhood and lowers the gun (p. 309, l. 22). Ram thinks about the money and his following possibilities.
  • The quizshow continues: Ram takes the Half and Half lifeboat, there are the answers A and C. Ram decides to drop a coin, Heads A, Tails C
  • The coin shows Head, so Ram took answer A, which was correct.

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Slumdog Millionaire: A Brother’s Promise – Content

Chapter No. 3

  • New neighbours move into room next to Ram’s (R.) and Salim‘s (S.).
  • The chawl’s administrator (Mr. Ramakrishna) tells R., being an responsible boy, to help the new neighbours (Mr. Shantaram, his wife and daughter) to settle down.
  • Mr Shantaram (Mr. S.) tells R. that there is no need to help because he is a scientist and the family won’t stay in the chawl for a long time.
  • R. knows that he lies: Those who can afford living elsewhere, stay in chawls. The same evening R. overhears a conversation of the family in which Mr. S. tells his daughter he doesn’t want any „street boys” to enter the house. R. & S. hardly see Mr. S. in the next weeks and never see the wife and daughter.
  • One evening: R. & S. overhear commentary of Mr. S. on state of sky that he explains  to his daughter Gudiya.
  • Ram wishes that he also had a father teaching him.
  • A week later Gudiya is allowed to keep a cat she found and calls it Pluto.
  • As time goes by, R. notices that Mr. S. is a drunkard.
  • Mr. S. swears and yells at his family when he comes home. The situation worsens until he starts throwing things at his wife and daughter. One evening he throws a hot cup of tea at his daughter who then has to be hospitalized.
  • Ram often visits Gudiya who sees him as her brother. It is a new relationship for him.
  • The evening Gudiya leaves the hospital, the drunken Mr. S. tries to touch his daughter but falls asleep. The same happens next evening.
  • Ram promises Gudiya that her father won’t try this again.
  • The next day, Ram charges Mr. S. from behind so he falls down to the ground and dies.
  • Ram leaves Mumbai and moves to Delhi.

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Slumdog Millionaire: Hold on to your Buttons – Content

Chapter No. 6

  • Ram is working in a bar and he knows how much a customer can drink.
  • He works until morning and lives in a chubby hole without running water in Dharavi. The bar is located in Colaba.
  • The houses in Dharavi are illegal constructions.
  • Ram is talking with a customer in the bar.
  • The customer, called Rao, is a manager of the company Industry Buttons.
  • Rao is drunk and tells a story about his brother.
  • Rao’s brother was the Chief Executive Officer of lndustry Buttons and helped Rao to get a job there.
  • Rao’s wife is a Voodoo Priestess. She wants money all the time and forces Rao into steeling.
  • She makes a Voodoo doll of Rao’s brother to hurt him for getting the firm and Rao gives her all she wants. She takes her family to Mumbai.
  • The brother is in a mental asylum after the Voodoomagic and Rao becomes the new CEO.
  • The secretary of Rao makes him realizing what he has done to his brother and he wants to get him out of the mental asylum.
  • Rao’s brother dies.
  • Finally, Rao dies in a bar, because someone played a Voodoo on him too.

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