A while ago, our teacher gave us the choice between two books about cultural differences and other subjects which we have discussed in class. I chose White Tiger, a book written by Aravind Adiga. He was born in Madras, India, in 1974, but grew up in Australia. White Tiger is his debut novel, and the plot takes place in India, perhaps not a coincidence?
At the moment, I have only read the first three “chapters”, nonetheless I have some impressions of the book. It is written as a letter to “His excellency Wen Jiabao”, where the main character explains why there are so many entrepreneurs in India. However, in order to properly explain the reasons, Balram Halwari shares his life story, which is somewhat unusual.
I have to admit that I really like that the book is written in an unusual form. Even though it is supposed to be a formal letter, the author uses a very light and comprehensible language, making it fun to read, as you feel part of a one- way conversation. The story is also captivating, letting you know more about the poorer parts of India. Since I am not finished with the book, I will not try to analyze it, as I do not know the whole story. However, I will get back to you when I am finished with it, giving a more proper answer on my thoughts concerning the subjects and so on.
All I can say is: so far so good! Maybe a good book to read during Christmas holidays, if you like to read and are interested in the Indian culture?