The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: Reviewed by Shraddha Mahapatra
A book that tickles your bones yet so truthful is hard to find. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga is a phenomenal story that is basically a letter (quite long that it turned into a book!) that the protagonist-cum-narrator of the story, Balram Halwai writes to his Excellency- Wen Jiabao of China.
The letter has everything that Balram ever had to confess-Why was he given the name “THE WHITE TIGER”, How did he become a servant to an entrepreneur and then a murderer! I shouldn’t be revealing any more on the story, because I want you to feel exactly how I felt when I got to read this book when I knew nothing about it.
Where do I even start praising this marvel? It’s an absolute page-turner, the narration is so gripping that you will be crazy about the anxiety that every little scene has in store for you. Have you ever imagined how people who are poverty-stricken live their lives? It’s beyond our imagination, it’s difficult and it hurts reading about them in such details. They are impoverished every-day! That’s what this book has for you but the Author has brilliantly put such heavy things in the most beguiling kind of humour and that my dear readers, is the best thing about this book.
Why won’t such a book deserve the MAN BOOKER’S? All the praise falls short.
Read it, you will know.