Book Review: The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga’s Man-Booker-Prize winning first novel, The White Tiger, tells the story of an Indian named Balram Halwi, born into poverty and deprived of education, who becomes a rich man’s driver in New Delhi. There he commits an horrific act of theft and flees to become a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore, the out-sourcing Silicon Valley of the subcontinent. Written in first person as a series of letters to the Prime Minister of China, who is about to pay of visit of state to Bangalore, the story contains a disturbing and riveting mixture of comedy and tragedy. It is a dark and soul-shaking look at the grinding nature of poverty and the chilling price that Balram pays to escape.