THE WHITE TIGER  (English, Paperback, Adiga, Aravind)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India
    • ISBN: 9788172238476, 8172238479
    • Edition: 1, 2010
    • Pages: 328
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    Balram Halwai’s seven acerbic letters to the Chinese Premier representing himself as ‘tomorrow’ combines humor and pathos to tell the story of Modern India and its insecurities. Recounted in the first person account, The White Tiger launched Aravind Adiga into literary fame, winning him the Man booker Prize as a debut novelist.

    Summary Of The Book

    The white tiger is an animal that is foremost a representation of power and individuality, and in a country of over 1.22 billion people, Aravind Adiga chose Balram Halwai - the son of a rickshaw puller who becomes a successful entrepreneur - to take on this mantle.

    But Halwai’s story isn’t a didactic impression of the rags to riches fable; it’s a muddy first person account in which he confesses to crimes and amoral cunning used to rise above the ‘Darkness’ to become a successful entrepreneur.

    Halwai’s journey begins in the ‘Darkness’, where Halwai is born into a lower caste family and is categorically thrown into the unsympathetic whorls of servitude. However this white tiger decides to throw off his banal enslavement. So he learns to drive and moves to New Delhi as a chauffeur. His master’s involvement with corruption finally drives him to murder and theft, among other crimes. 

    He then travels to Bangalore with a bag of cash stolen off his deceased employer, where amongst the sassy metropolitans he starts his taxi service. He is now the satiated entrepreneur; the owner of a successful business with statutory bribes, and the freedom he so coveted.

    Halwai tells the story of his life, exonerating himself from his crimes by rationalizing the pursuit of freedom that has begotten him a taxi service and an elevated rank. A darkly humorous novel, The White Tiger provides a distinctly contemporary voice to the India that is far from its rigor of economic progress and resides in the hearts of the marginalized.

    The White Tiger has been hailed for its uncompromising stance on removing notions of a generic India and engaging themes of globalization, freedom and individuality. First published in 2008, it not only earned Aravind Adiga the Man Booker Prize the same year but also made it to the New York Times bestseller list selling over 200,000 copies. The novel is to be adapted to a movie.

    About Aravind Adiga

    Aravind Adiga is an Indian writer and journalist.

    His other books are Between the Assassinations in 2009, Last Man in Tower in 2011 and also a few short stories like The Elephant, Smack, and Last Christmas in Bandra.

    He was born in Chennai in 1974. He studied at Canara High School, and St. Aloysius High School in Mangalore. He studied English literature at Columbia University in New York and later at Oxford. Aravind Adiga, at the age of 33, became the second youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize for The White Tiger, his first novel. Adiga began his tryst with the medium of writing as a journalist; first interning at the Financial Times and worked at TIME magazine as a South Asia correspondent for three years.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • HarperCollins
    • Publication Year
      • 2010
    • Awards
      • The Man Booker Prize Winner
    • Award Year
      • 2008
    • Weight
      • 309.0 Grams
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    West loves to see and read India filth and award so that it can be more popular.

    All these awards and bookers prize, I am not sure what is their criteria and who decides?

    Similar to Slum dog Millionaire hype, where people like to see the filth of other nation (does not matter how messy and dramatic it is), this is another case.

    If we change the name of the Slum God Millionaire to Slum Boy Millionaire - 50% of west will lose interest in movie.

    After all filth attracts worms, flees and mosquito.

    I am little upset when people only promote negative side of any person/co...


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    13 Dec, 2012

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    Based on the life story of Surya Dev Singh, the great Coal Mafia of Dhanbad

    The Novel is based on the life story of Surya Dev Singh, the great Coal Mafia of Dhanbad. He was the servent of BP Sinha, the then powerful Mafia cum Politician of Dhanbad. After the Murder of BP Sinha, Surya Dev Singh came into power. The Coal Mafia also had links with Chandrashekhar, once Prime Minister of India. I am pretty sure that the story is very much inspired by this Coal Mafia. Though, Adiga has tried to give it twist and turls in his own way adding a lot of Masala. When I was readi...

    Vinay Kumar Singh, Dhanbad

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    17 May, 2012

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    Food for Thought: The White Tiger

    A boy born in rural India faces all the grim realities of life along with his family. Be it at school where the head-master doesn't do anything except for chewing betel leaves and snoozing around or be it at tea-shops where he started working when he was just a kid! As things proceed, it becomes interesting to watch how this kid who is forced out of the schools so that he can work at Tea-shops in order to provide monetary support to his family starts learning at these outlets found at every n...

    Yamini Gupta

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    22 Aug, 2011

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    The White Tiger

    Let animals live like animals; let humans live like humans. That’s my whole philosophy in a sentence, said by Aarvind Adiga the author of the prestigious novel the white tiger also honored by the man booker prize in 2008, it audaciously challenges and shatters the convention that India is the fastest growing democracy and economy. He hammers the mask of semblance that clambers our so called ”great India” and exposes the harsh and brutal reality nailed into the heart of each and every soul tha...

    Dhruv Suri

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    11 Oct, 2011

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    The "Other" India shining...Revolutionary writing!!

    As i read along the pages, one thing became clear...this is a book well worthy of its Booker Prize...Bold, confident and carrying on with a style seldom seen nowadays, it's hard to believe this is Adiga's first book...I loved the portrayal of the servant's behavior to real-life situations complemented by the author's dark yet witty humor; how it cleverly reflects Indian mindset without becoming too much of a revolutionary stereotype...
    In short, this is a book that won't disappoint your expec...

    Rajdeep Konwar

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    8 Mar, 2012

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    Not so great book !!

    It's a good book but not good enough to buy it for your book collections. Now i understand why it had won man booker prize. the english are so obssesed with the poverty and corrupt political system in india. if you want win a foreign prize start writing about indian poverty and corruption.

    rohit kumar

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    2 Apr, 2012

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    Met some expectations

    Good book, but the print is not original, it's one of those book you find in CP of Rs100, which I can say for sure looking at the print quality. However am not returning the book as it cost me Rs 177.
    I miss the books sold by WS Retail themself.

    Neel d

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    6 Sep, 2016

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    A simple Story, amazing narration

    I have always wanted to read this book, especially since it won the Booker Prize, and it has become one of my favorites.

    It has an excellent narration style, and the build up of the characters is brilliant. The Plot never drops and keeps you on your toes. Excellent Read!!!

    Madan Kumar M Kamath

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    14 Dec, 2012

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    A Must read

    Anyone wishing to read good Indian fiction should read this book. Very lucidly written. Arvind Adiga has done a wonderful job. He keeps the reader so engrossed and entertained with his language that you don't even feel like putting the book down.

    and you will get to know more when you READ IT!!

    Abhishek Kumar Pandey

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    24 Nov, 2012

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    winner of the man booker...haven't dissappointed me , and his story from start 2 end it enligted me so i give 5 star and MUST BE BEST BOOK EVER GUYS so give it a try...................................................................................................................................

    praveen pandiyan

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    29 May, 2012

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