Set in a raw and unromanticized India, The White Tiger—the first-person confession of a murderer—is as compelling for its subject matter ...
|Scooped by Rafaye Sheikh|
The White Tiger is written in the form of seven letters addressed to Premier Jiabao of China. The man writing the letters hopes to convey a message to the Premier on how the rise of India and China is on the horizon.The White Tiger takes place in modern day india and follows the story of Balram Halwai. Balram is from a lower caste of sweetmakers and comes from an Indian slum village where he works in a tea shop in order to provide for his family. Though he was short and scrawny, Balram's wit compensated for his physique. In school, he was a cut above the rest of his classmates and was told he could be great someday. Unfortunately, Balram is forced to leave school and help in the tea shop. Wanting to get out of his situation, Balram borrows money from his grandmother and takes driving lessons in order to become a chauffeur. The next part of the novel discusses how Balram finds a job as a driver for Mr. Ashok and his wife Pinky and how he must deal with being a the "number 2" driver in the family. In this new job, Balram witnesses the corruption of Indian politics as well as the corruption taking place within his own master's household. When Mr. Ashok decides to move to Delhi with his wife, he asks Balram to accompany him as his driver. In Delhi, Balram begins to realize that the people of lower castes are in a "rooster coop" and that they will never be able to exit unless they do something drastic and save themselves. With this thought in mind, after Pinky leaves Mr. Ashok, Balram decides to murder his employer, loot all of his money, and flee to Banglore. Once in Banglore, Balram begins his own business with the help of the police (he bribes them). Towards the climax of the novel, Balram is sure that Mr. Ashok's corrupted employers have killed his family. Balram thinks to himself that the death of his employer was essential to his escaping of India's "rooster coop" and that Ashok's death was not in vain.
I am going to research India's "rooster coop" and how it is affecting socio-economic status within India. I want to research how the caste system affects citizens of India and how it bogs down society as opposed to helping it. Aravind Adiga kept referring to the rooster coop in The White Tiger and how his main character was constantly trying to break out of it. The reality is that there are endless cases like Balram Halwai in India. There are intelligent and innovative individuals who are "caged" by the society they live in and restricted to certain jobs because of the caste they are born into. I want to research what the coop is, how it affects India, and what has been done to break out of the coop.
I really liked this book because it was entertaining and informative. I liked how dark the book was, while still remaining light-hearted. Adiga managed to make his novel both thrilling but also rich with information, which was something I really enjoyed about the book.