The music in the background changes to a suspense tune, with the sound of a ticking time bomb superimposed over it.
"D. Betrayal," I reply.
"Do you go to the movies?"
"And did you see Betrayal?"
"Are you absolutely, one hundred percent sure of your answer?"
There is a crescendo of drums. The correct answer flashes on the screen.
"Absolutely, one hundred percent correct! You've just won one thousand rupees! We will now take a quick commercial break," declares Prem Kumar.
The studio sign changes to APPLAUSE. The audience claps. Prem Kumar smiles. I don't.
Copyright © 2005 by Vikas Swarup
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