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Sunday, September 11, 2005

A Life-Changing Masterpiece

The Independent has one of those standard-issue articles on books that have influenced lives. And while people have mentioned To Kill A Mockingbird (Meera Syal), The Female Eunuch (Sue McGregor) and even the Kama Sutra (Kathy Lette), all that Dr Raj Persaud, professor of psychiatry, can come up with is Vikas Swarup's Q&A:

"[It's] the story of an Indian street urchin who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. But there is an inquiry afterwards because they think he cheated. Reading the book changed my life. It is about surviving under pressure when the world seems to be conspiring against you."

One can concede that the book in question can be found entertaining. But...a book of life-changing influence? What were you thinking, doctor?


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