Beating a distinguished field of writers such as Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture), Amitav Ghosh (Sea of Poppies), Linda Grant (The Clothes on Their Backs), Steven Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole) and Philip Hensher (The Northern Clemency), 33 year old Aravind Adiga won the Booker for his debut novel White Tiger.
Aaditya was born in Chennai, India and in Sydney, Australia. He went on to study at the Columbia University in New York and Oxford. He career in journalism includes writing for publications such as Time, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. At 33 years, he is also is one of the youngest recepients of the coveted award. What must come as a part on the back of the young author was the chairman of the judges, former politician Michael Portillo, saying: “In many ways it was the perfect novel.”
About the novel: The novel has a Delhi connection – it follows Balram Halwai, the son of a rickshaw puller who dreams of better things than life as being a teashop worker and a driver. The novel takes a close look at the divide that exists in modern India- between those who have gained due to the changes in the past 2 decades and those who have been left behind.