A young man from one of the poorest regions of India has won $1 million dollars on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. No, we are not talking about the blockbuster film Slumdog Millionaire. Sushil Kamar, 26, was a government office worker making just $120 a month when he won the famous Indian game show.He supplemented his income by offering private tutoring to children in the small town of Motihari, where he lives with his wife. He told viewers that his family was so poor they could not afford a television set, and he often went over to the neighbor’s house to watch the game show, which has been on the air for 11 years.As they watched him consistently answer questions correctly, they encouraged him to try out for the game show. His trip to Mumbai, where the show is filmed was his first plane ride and his first trip to a big city, according to Kamar.Kamar’s brother Sudhir says that he was so well prepared for the show because Kamar consistently listens to the BBC’s Hindi broadcast. He loves to learn and is an avid collector of information about just about any subject.After answering all of the questions correctly, Amitabh Bachchan, the shows host and an Indian movie legend, presented Kamar and his wife of 5 months with a check for 50 milion rupees.”You have created history. Your grit and determination has made you come so far in this show,” Bachchan stated upon presentation of the check to a weeping Kamar and his wife.As for plans for the money, Kamar has stated that he wishes to pay off his parents’ debts, buy a brand new home for his wife, purchase his dilapidated ancestral home, and give his brothers startup cash so they can start their own businesses.We figure he will also want to buy a TV so he can watch his favorite game show. Another thing he plans on buying? Books. “I love reading,” Kamar said. “Before winning this amount, I couldn’t buy many books, but now, I will make a huge library.” He has plans to build a library in the city of Motihari, so children from poor areas can read and educate themselves.He also hopes to take a preparatory course for the grueling civil service exam, which would provide Kamar with a stable and prestigious lifetime job.
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