Friday, March 30, 2012

Name: - Italiya Kinjal

Paper:-E-C-401 New Lite.

Topic: - Introduction of the novel “The white Tiger” –Aravind Adiga “Poor-rich divide in Aravind Adiga’s The white Tiger.

Roll. No: - 09

Submitted to Dr.Dilip Barad

Dept. of English

Bhavnagar Uni.

Introduction of the novel “The white Tiger” –Aravind Adiga “Poor-rich divide in Aravind Adiga’s The white Tiger.


Aravind Adiga's debut novel, THE WHITE TIGER, won the 2008 Booker Prize. The novel provides a darkly comical view of modern day life in India through the narration of its protagonist Balram Halwai. The main theme of the novel is the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and its working class people who live in crushing poverty. Other themes touched on include the corruption endemic to Indian society and politics, familial loyalty versus independence, religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims, and the experience of returning to India after living in America, globalization, and the rivalry between India and China as superpower countries in Asia.

Explanation of the novel's title

The book's title, The White Tiger, is the protagonist Balram's nickname, which he earns by being deemed the smartest boy in his village by an education inspector. Balram is told that he is like a white tiger, a rare animal that is said to come only once per generation. Later on when Balram becomes an entrepreneur, he names his taxi company "The White Tiger Drivers".

Views on globalization

Globalization in India, according to Balram, is successful due to the fact that international companies outsource their information, media, and products for production in India. Balram claims that outsourcing is the key to future economic success as international businesses profit quite well in India, especially if they’re in the technology field. Some examples of the businesses that Balram mentions are Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Yahoo!, and Hewlett-Packard. Religion plays a major role in an Indian’s life as it symbolizes tradition and honor. This is revealed through the marriage of Ashok and Pinky Madam as Ashok’s father did not approve of their union because she wasn’t from the same religion or caste as him.

Competition and similarities between China and India

It has been predicted that because of the massive population that is working for the technology industry, China and India will become the next superpower countries in the world. Both countries have bountiful and strong technology markets and rely on outsourcing which has led to the creation of many international technology businesses in both countries. Balram believes this prediction to be true, saying, “twenty years’ time, it will just be us brown and yellow men at the top of the pyramid, and we'll rule the whole world.” There are also other similarities between China and India that do not lie in the world of business. Both countries have massive economic disparities, in which there are many rich people but also many poor people. As well in both countries, there is also“Darkness” where many impoverished people struggle to escape into the “Light”, where the wealthy live in the lap of luxury. The poor serve the rich with an honest attitude, while the poor remain poor, their hard work taken for granted. As Balram says, “The trustworthiness of servants is the basis of the entire Indian economy.”

Poor –Rich Divide In the Novel

The White Tiger is singular in its fictionalized portrayal of the relationship between Balaram and his master Mr.Ashok. The story exposes the poor-rich divide that surrounds India in the back drop of economic prosperity, in the wake of the IT revolution. Balaram the killer metamorphoses into his master’s replica after his heinous crime. By crime and cunning, in the name of the social injustice due to existing rich- poor divide in India, Balram rules his entrepreneurial world.


This assignment attempt to trace the great poor- rich divide, manifested through “The White Tiger”, having dangerous conseuuences,if unresolved.


  1. Hello Kinjal ! This is also one of my favorite novel and as you have posted the brief details about it, I, with my honest opinion, comparing this one with your other posts, feel that it is good but short article. Also find that formatting of titles are not done properly. Otherwise its a good one.

  2. Hi,Ami.
    I agree with you but I think ,I always more focus on my content rater than formatting and if we talk about short length,I follow Barad sir suggestion that just put summary of our assignment so any one can read it with interest not became so much boring through the long length of reading.

  3. Hi Kinjal,
    Your assignment about “Poor-rich divide in Aravind Adiga’s The white Tiger" is nice. I like your content because your main focus is about only one theme 'Poor –Rich Division' but along with that you have covered other themes also that I like most.
    Overall nice attempt
    Keep it up
    Best Luck for Annual Exam

  4. Hello Kinjal!
    You have written quite about the widely discussed topic of this novel that is Poor-Rich conflict. Along with this you have also mentioned regarding the globalization but I would like to suggest you to write more on the concept of Poor-Rich divide as it is the core part of the novel.
    Best of Luck!

    1. Hello siddharth,
      I like your suggestion...