The White Tiger

The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga Balram Halwai comes from “The Darkness”, a rural and impoverished area of India. Through an interesting series of circumstances he finds himself working in Delhi as the driver for a rich landlord. As the years go by Balram learns much through his experiences and is always a keen observer of life around him, so that by the end of the book he has established himself as a successful entrepreneur. Learning of an impending visit to India by the Chinese Premier, Balram is compelled to write him a series of letters informing him (forewarning him?) of what he might expect during his visit.

This book was nothing short of amazing. Not the first book (nor the last, no doubt) to tackle the topic of social inequality but Balram’s voice is fresh and honest, with the ability to be humorous and dark, sarcastic and heartwarming. Although he is telling us his life story the reader cannot help but feel that even he is astounded as his life unfolds. Admittedly this book will not be to everyone’s taste, but if you don’t give it a chance you will be missing out on some excellent story-telling and some bright insights to life (I wanted to take notes). Well deserving of its Man-Booker Prize nomination.