The White Tiger

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga is a Booker Prize winning novel about the rise of a village boy, Balram Halwai to become a Bangalore entrepreneur.

The book is written as a series of letters to Wen Jiabao the Premier of China. In the letters Balram proceeds to show Jiabo how India creates entrepreneurs.

Balram is from a village in the “Darkness” of India, that is the rural villages where survival is a struggle. He become the chauffeur of a rich man in Dehli and then goes on to make his fortune. The book makes points about poverty, corruption and how India works.

It’s a fine book that captures an Indians perspective on India today. It’s also a well told interesting story that makes for very rapid enjoyable reading.The prose is not as colourful as Salman Rushdie and the style is fairly realistic. It is an Indian, Dickensian style rags to riches tale with sharp social observation built in.

5/5

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