Book Review The White Tiger Aravind Adiga’s extraordinary and brilliant debut novel, The White Tiger

has taken the literary world by storm by winning the Man Booker Prize of 2008. The White Tiger has a simple plot, the story of a poor small town boy making something of him in the big cities but the style is interestingly innovative. The author of the novel has made an entrepreneur from Bangalore tell his own story to the Premier of China: When you have heard the story of how I got to Bangalore and became one of its most successful (though probably least known ) businessmen, you will know everything there is to know about how entrepreneurship is born, nurtured and developed in this, the glorious twenty-first century, more specifically, of the yellow and brown men. The author uses the friction in the relationship between India and china as the setting to the story, with the narrator introducing himself through a series of letters to Wan Jiabao, the Chinese premier. The narrator aims to offer his own life as an ultimate guide. Please understand, Your Excellency, that India is two countries in one: an India of light, and an India of darkness. The ocean brings light to my country. Every place on the map of India near the ocean is well-off. But the river brings darkness to India – the black river. The black river is the Ganges, beloved of the sari – and – spices tourists of India. The protagonist, Balram Halwai aka “Munna” hails from a very small village in north India. The son of a rural rickshaw-puller is from darkness. Balram is taken out from the school at an early age so that he can work at a tea-shop and earn some money for the family. Frustrated from the circumstances, Balram looks for opportunities to escape from the miserable life and improve his lot. His big break comes when he secures a position of a chauffer to the son of the rich village landlord and his master takes him to Delhi. In Delhi, his rustic and naïve country beliefs are mocked at by the city servants. Amid the cockroaches in the rotting basements, the 360,000,005 gods, the glass apartment blocks, the traffic jams, Balram learns about modern India where

political and economic order are both provocative and realistic. He learns how his master bribes the government ministers and his cynical voice jeers at Indian democracy. stretches out of an open window. Despite of the numerous challenges in the way of upward mobility. the narrator appears at different times worldly-wise. Adiga’s message is not subtle but the narrator’s appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social. Every now and then an egg will crack open – a woman’s hand. subservient and arrogant. he takes the violent action that once taken secures his place among the “men with big bellies” The India that is depicted in The White Tiger is a virulent criticism of the system which is corrupt and unjust. An incredibly intricate character. flings an empty mineral water bottle onto the road – and then the window goes up and the egg is sealed. The author does not pose a solution. while also being dismissive of his amoral actions. . where everything is for sale and people behave like animals. witty. As he discovers the city gradually his experience increases but he becomes much disillusioned. Adiga’s portrayal of India is far distant from the “shinning India” rhetoric depicted during the elections though hat particular slogan is never mentioned directly in the novel The gloomingly humorous novel is full of barbed wit. He becomes aware of the vast difference between the “darkness” of his background and the brightness of the “rich” world. Tired of the life of servitude. psychopathic. He wants the readers to think. At times e rigidly adheres to the correct standards of behavior. dazzling with gold bangles.The air is so bad that it takes ten years off a amn’s life unless he drives round in an air-conditioned car… The cars of the rich go like dark eggs down the roads of Delhi. honest. the narrator is able to escape the abject poverty he was raised in.

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