The idea behind the story line was triggered by a report in a local newspaper about children living in the Indian slums using mobile phones and the internet - an indication that class barriers were breaking down. At the same time an English Major, Charles Ingram, was accused and found guilty of cheating in the British version of the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. To quote Swarup: “If a British army major can be accused of cheating, then an tiffin boy from the world’s biggest slum can definitely be accused of cheating.”
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