The White Tiger
Meet Balram Halwai, the 'White Tiger': a servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Born in a backwater village on the River Ganges, the son of a rickshaw-puller, Balram works in teashop crushing coal, wiping tables and dreaming escape. When he learns that a rich village landlord needs a chaffeur, he takes his opportunity and is soon on his way to Delhi at the wheel of Honda.
Amid India's cockroaches and call-centers, its 36 million gods, slums, shopping malls and crippling traffic jams, Balram learns of a new morality at the heart of new India. Driven by desire to better himself, he comes to see how Tiger might escape his cage.
This is Aravind Adiga's debut novel for which he won the 2008 Booker Prize.
"This is an amazing and angry novel about injustice and power." - USA Today