The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The White Tiger is the debut novel by the Indian author, Aravind Adiga. The novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India's class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. In detailing Balram's journey first to Delhi where he works as a chauffer to a rich landlord, and then to Bangalore, the place which he flees after killing his master and stealing his money, the novel examines issues of religion, caste, loyalty, corruption and poverty in India. Balram transcends his sweet-make caste and becomes a wonderful entrepreneur, his own taxi service. In a nation proudly shedding history of poverty and underdevelopment, he represents as he himself says "tomorrow".