The White Tiger

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The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society. ~Goodreads

The White Tiger is a tale of two Indias. Balram’s journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable. ~The Man Booker Prize

Notable Quotes

“To break the law of his land–to turn bad news into good news–is the entrepreneurs prerogative.”

“I absorbed everything–that’s the amazing thing about entrepreneurs. We are like sponges–we absorb and grow.”

“Free people don’t know the value of freedom, that’s the problem.”

“Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love–or do we love them behind a facade of loathing?”

“Respect for the law is the first law of the gods”

“You were looking for the key for years|But the door was always open!”

“The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave.”

“The poor win a few battles but ofcourse the rich have won the war for ten thousand years.”

“An hour of deep breathing, yoga, and meditation in the morning constitutes the perfect start to the entrepreneur’s day.”

“Cell phones cause cancer in the brain and  shrink your masculinity; the Japanese invented them to diminish the white man’s brain and balls at the same time.”

Personal Thoughts

I’ve learned a lot from the book. About life, entrepreneur, and many other things. Besides from Paulo Coelho and Rainbow Rowell, I can say Aravind Adiga is one of my new favorites. I had a perfect view on India and how he describes reality in plain text. I love it and I want to recommend it for your TBR List. 🙂

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