CHAPTER 4 The White Tiger (2008) is the debut novel of Aravinda Adiga who won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The White Tiger takes the form of a series of letters to Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, from Balram Halwai, the Bangalore businessman who is the self-styled “White Tiger” of the title.Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of the subcontinent, and on the eve of a state visit by Jiabao, our entrepreneur Halwai wishes to impart something of the new India to the Chinese premier. I think Aravind Adiga by this novel wants to give the message that poverty creates the monster, and the protagonist Balram Halwai is the representative figure of such type of monster. Aravind Adiga seems to depict the corruption and entrepreneurship. According to me poverty and corruption is the theme of the Novel Aravind Adiga, he wanted India to get free from poverty and corruption.
The novel harshly captures the ruthless and unpalatable reality of existence in the patches of darkness that continue to exist within globalised India. The defiantly unglamorous portrait of India’s economic miracle has elicited mixed responses from the Indian reading public. It has also offended some sensibilities that have responded by raising doubts and questions regarding the young author’s loyalty to his motherland, which is always called into question by critics and reviewers whenever they grow suspicious of an author’s intentions. While a segment of the readers termed The White Tiger a brilliant effort by a first time novelist, his detractors quickly branded him as another India-basher, beating the well-worn path to instant recognition and popularity in the West. Even Western reviewers like Sir Simon Jenkins, former Chairman of the Booker prize jury, had become wary of Adiga’s motives and shared his anxiety about Indian writers in English, in general, because, according to him, they face a peculiar problem as they must write about India for readers residing mostly in other countries, and because of “this paradox they create an image of India that is exotic and doesn’t show the real India” (Saxena par.
The title of the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini was actually taken from a poem called ‘Kabul’, written by Saib-e-Tabrizi, a Persian poet. He used the phrase to represent the beautifulness of Afghanistan and its cultural achievements. Thus, Hosseini uses the phrase as an evocative title and strong contrast to the title to raise up the public awareness about the struggles of Afghan women. Although Hosseini’s novel is a fictional account, it is based on the realities of life in wartime Afghanistan. In additional, Hosseini does a lot of research before he starts writing A Thousand Splendid Sun.
Since then, during the protectionist, post-Independence socialist phase, business and industry plunged into a fatal nosedive. In The White Tiger, Balram also traces the tragic history of his family's fall from entrepreneurship to slavery and deprivation to the evil days into which the country had fallen after Independence. He rues that with independence, the order that has been established over several centuries became chaotic and in the dog-eat-dog world of free India the caste identities, fashioned by the pursuit of specific trades by social groups for generations and through several centuries, suddenly lost its occupational
This is him expressing that he is happy with who he has become although he isn’t nearly the wealthiest man in India. This goes to show that although the separations of classes make it more difficult to achieve, there should be nothing stopping you from reaching your goals, no matter how modest or lofty they
Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger tells the story of Balram Halwai and how he got away with the murder of his master, Mr. Ashok. A common theme throughout the novel is questioning the validity of religious devotion and the idolization of a servant’s master. In The White Tiger, Balram appears religious when spending time with wealthy, powerful individuals, such as Mr. Ashok, or following Indian traditions, but switches to impious when he is focusing on self-gain. Ultimately, Adiga argues through Balram’s inconsistent infidelity that religion in India has lost its meaning and is simply a tool used to create hierarchies in society, such as master versus servant and servant versus servant. When Balram tells retrospective or outlandish stories, he always seems to portray himself as religiously skeptical in order to satirize and criticize the uselessness of religion in modern-day India and the hierarchies it forms.
Plagiarism report Grammar report Re-check this text Upload fileProtect your text INTRODUCTION: The writer Arvind Adiga is an Indian born journalist and a native of Chennai (then called Madras). The white tiger tells us about the story of Balram Halwai who is a poor boy and who uses his wit and murder to transform himself into a successful entrepreneur. The book won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for friction in 2008. Born in the dark heart of India, he gets a break when the wealthiest man in his village hired him as a driver. Balram hails from the darkness and break into the light, and during this journey he plays several roles, dons several hats, tries different tricks and commits many crimes which includes a well planned murder of his master and escaping with money which values in lacks.
Even now the particular people of this country cannot mingle with one another for a ceremony. Bribery The most sin in India is bribery. According to Law, Giving and Receiving bribe is offence. The Character Mr. Ashok and his family are ready to bribe the government ministers for their business without any guilty. “We are driving past Gandhi, after just having given a bribe to a minister.” Through this character the novelist registers the worse condition of this
Balram Halwai who came from a family of “sweet-makers” has a great imagination about life. He wanted a future filled with wealth that he can make his own business, make a school and other things that can make him feel like a boss. He was born in a family that belongs to the lower caste. The caste is the basis of Indian society. At the top of the caste were the priests, the second were the warriors who were like bosses, third was
The White Tiger is an epistolary narrative in a series o of confessional letters written to Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier over seven nights. He is planning for a visit to Bangalore in a week time. It contains all sort of assertions from the informative aside to diversion in to political belligerent and it is a justification for Balram to tell his story. He writes that he is a wanted man and describes about his poster and misdeeds. The narrative moves with Balram’s uneven memories, using the technique of flash back in the movement of story back and forth.