Life pivots on a few key moments. This is one of them. Sapna Sinha works in an electronics store in downtown Delhi. She hates her job, but she is ambitious and determined to succeed, and she knows without the money she brings in, her family won't be able to survive. Little does she know it but her life is about to change forever. As she leaves the shop on her lunchbreak one day, she is approached by a man who claims to be CEO of one of India's biggest companies. He tells her he is looking for an heir for his business empire. And that he has decided it should be her. There are just seven tests she must pass. And then the biggest lottery ticket of all time will be hers.
In life you never get what you deserve: you get what you negotiate. Vikas Swarup, the author of Q&A, the novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire', has come up with another page turner - 'The Accidental Apprentice'. As plot-driven narrations go, 'The Accidental Apprentice' has the hallmarks of a successful screenplay and might just hit pay dirt as 'Slumdog' did in 2009.
From the start, you cannot help but notice that the 'Apprentice', which sets a fast enough pace, would make a better movie script than a novel. It has all the ingredients of a paperback you would perhaps finish on an 18-hour train journey.
Sapna Sinha works in an electronics store in downtown Delhi. She hates her job, but she is ambitious and determined to succeed, and she knows without the money she brings in, her family won't be able to survive. Little does she know it, but her life is about to change forever.
As she leaves the shop on her lunch break one day, she is approached by a man who claims to be CEO of one of India's biggest companies. He tells her he is looking for an heir for his business empire. And that he has decided it should be her. But there are seven tests she must pass. And then the biggest lottery ticket of all time will be hers.
What would you do if, out of the blue, a billionaire industrialist decided to make you the CEO of his company?
The premise is so flimsy that you will find yourself rolling your eyes throughout and can spot the prime suspect from a mile away.
The seven tests from the 'textbook of life', as Swarup's main protagonist calls them, are everyday events that would not require prior preparations. There are many loose ends in this thriller but you have to give it to Swarup for keeping his reader hooked till the end of this page-turner.
Is Vinay Mohan Acharya, one of India's richest men, playing a cat-and-mouse game with Sapna? Will she escape all this with her life? Despite yourself, you will catch yourself thinking how this story might turn out on the big screen. The film rights for Swarup's second novel after Q&A, Six Suspects, have already been sold.
Along her way she meets memorable personalities, from a Bollywood superstar to a Gandhian social worker, who will strongly remind you of Kareena Kapoor and Anna Hazare.
Slumdog Millionaire was one of the biggest films of the decade and changed the lives of the Indian actors who starred in it, including Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Dev Patel and Irrfan. Kapoor bagged Hollywood roles after his performance as the mildly obnoxious host of the hugely popular game show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'.
Pinto went on to star in 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger', 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', 'Trishna' and 'Immortals' while Kapoor bagged 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol'.
Interesting Facts :
Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire has sold 170k copies and was an international bestseller.
Q&A was translated into 42 languages.
The audio book of Q&A, read by Kerry Shale, won the award for Best Audio Book of the Year 2005.
Slumdog Millionaire was directed by Danny Boyle and took the film world by storm, winning more than 70 awards including 8 Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, 4 Golden Globes and 7 BAFTAs.
Vikas Swarup was a judge on 2011's Man Asian Literary Prize.
A big global launch for Simon & Schuster.
About the Author :
Vikas Swarup is the author of the bestselling sensation Q&A, the book behind the massive hit film Slumdog Millionaire. He lives in Osaka, Japan with his wife and two sons.
By Muzaffar Ahamad,
Gripping and intriguing. Best read book in recent times.
YAY! I got my author signed copy of the book
Thanks infibeam! I participated in the fb contest that you guys had for this book and I am so happy that I won the author signed book . :) really happy thank you once again.
Just got my copy of it
I have just now got a copy of this book from infibeam. The package was proper and the book is in good condition. I am so much thankful to infibeam for this! I can't wait to get started with this superb thrilling novel. Will surely post the review on it once i am done with reading it.
By Nirali Shah,
I am reading any work of Vikas Swaroop for the first time and I have liked his way of writing... it is very lucid writing...
The author is able to grip the story very well... he could maintain the suspense till last...
it is a good read not just for thriller-lovers but as its name suggest, anyone who would lead even accidentally
Accidental Apprentice sounds like a nice thriller
the novel Q and A had me thrilled and I enjoyed reading every single line on it so I hope this new novel of Vikas Swarup would also be that exciting. The story part that I read here sound pretty engrossing and I am looking forward to read this latest novel of his.
Waiting anxiously for this book
The Accidental Apprentice would certainly be an interesting read since it is from Vikas Swarup. After all, one never knows if this would also turn into a big hollywood hit film! Lol! So I don't want to miss itâ¦.i am preordering it now.
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