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Aug 21, 2010

The White Tiger ... Balram goes to Delhi ...


Hello …
I just read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Its a good book … It had to be I guess …
It won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2008 …
Lets talk about the book now … shall we …
The book is basically a series of letters …
Written by Balram Halwai to the Premier of China …
In these letters he narrates his story …
He's the nameless son of a Rickshaw puller father …
Born in to the "Darkness" - a poor rural village …
His school teacher gives him his name on admission …
Based on his caste of lowly "Sweet Makers" …
Growing up … he dreams of great things …
He always thinks of himself as an entrepreneur …
But is asked to leave school to work at a teashop …
And when his father passes away … he becomes a driver …
Driver/cleaner/cook/masseur to a wealthy family …
He quickly learns how to be servant number one …
And is taken along in to the "Light" - City of Delhi …
While waiting for his masters outside shopping malls …
He is taught the way of world by other waiting drivers …
Then comes the part of corruption in the democracy …
The struggle of the poor and lack of health care …
His aspirations makes him a murderer and a fugitive …
But he is disciplined observant and cunning ...
And becomes boss@whitetiger-technologydrivers.com …
A very good book … highly recommended …
Laterx …

2 comments:

nazeeh said...

A good read... thanks Bro

subcorpus said...

i thought you would have said "a good listen" ... hehe :)

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