Slumdog OU student

I have just received my final OU course results, which I am slightly stunned about as I was under the impression we would not be getting them until March.

I got 76% for my second assignment, Ronni’s Reprisal (which I will add on this site very soon), which means my overall mark is 76% as well!!
 
I am over the moon, especially as I was writing out of my proverbial comfort zone for my second assignment.  I said I would be happy with any mark over 70% as this is, according to my university graduate friends, apparently equivalent to a First Degree!  Ideally, though, I did not want to dip below my mark for the first assignment – and I haven’t, so am well chuffed.

I really couldn’t be happier with such a result.  I learned so much from the course, and what I will take away from it cannot be quantified by percentage grades.  I gleaned so many tips on how to write better, as well as skills such as time management and self-discipline.

I went to see the excellent Slumdog Millionaire yesterday.  It was like no film I had ever seen before, and I was truly riveted from start to finish.

Set in Mumbai/Bombay, it tells the story of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), an 18-year-old cha wallah [teaboy] in a call centre who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and is consequently arrested and tortured by sadistic police officers who accuse him of cheating.

The narrative flashes between Jamal’s appearance on the show and scenes from his impoverished, brutal childhood during which he, by coincidence, acquires the knowledge which enables him to answer the questions that land him the Millionaire jackpot.

The film is not a comedy, though has its funny moments, and there is an exciting undercurrent of unease throughout.  With the exception of Jamal, the hero, you feel as though you cannot trust any character.

There is a social history element to the storyline too; it demonstrates how India has developed over the last 20 years, into a centre of commerce and call centres.

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