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More for Book Clubs
Explore the world Indra Sinha has created by visiting the website of the fictional town of Khaufpur at http://www.khaufpur.com/index.html. Book club leaders should ask book club members to explore the website, especially the interview with the lead character, Animal on page http://www.khaufpur.com/animalinterview.html
Why do you believe the author has crafted such a website?
Has the website altered your understanding or appreciation of the novel? If yes, how so? If no, why not?
What questions would you pose to Animal? How do you believe he would respond to them?
If you could be like Elli and offer a service that would be advertised on this site, what would you offer to the city of Khaufpur? Provide a sample of your Ad for the group.
Take Action - Donate
Book club leaders can visit http://www.indrasinha.com/sunil-bhai.html to access Indra Sinha's tribute to Sunil Kumar, his inspiration for the character of Animal.
Print a copy of the tribute and distribute it to members of the book club. You may wish to discuss the following with the group:
a. What are the parallels that exist between Sunil and Animal's story?
b. Does Sunil's end impact your appreciation of Sinha's telling of the story?
The tribute sheet has a donation form attached. Encourage book club members to collect and bring donations to the meeting and complete one donation form in the name of the book club and send in all donations in the name of the book club.
Investigate the real event- "That Night"
What is the real event that inspired Sinha's portrait of Khaufpur? http://www.bhopal.org/whathappened.html
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