Discuss Ashok and Pinky's conversation about "half-baked" people. What does Ashok consider to be "the whole tragedy" of India? Do you think this is a fair statement to make? Why or why not? How can this "tragedy" be fixed or improved upon?
Within the first few pages of the narration, Balram recounts a day when he was driving Ashok and Pinky through the city. Ashok instructs Balram to pull over and asks him some basic questions, such as how many planets there are and which continent their country was on. It is clear Balram's answers were incorrect. Ashok explains to his wife that Balram has probably only had 2-3 years of schooling and that while he's literate, he...
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