Title: The White Tiger
Author: Aravind Adiga
After seeing that the Chinese Premier Wang Jiabao was going to visit India, Balram Halwai decided to write a letter to tell the Premier about India. However, the India he wrote about wasn’t the same India the India’s Government tried to advertise to the Chinese Premier. Balram Halwai also wrote about his life, and about the kind of entrepreneurship he wanted to ‘teach’ the Premier.
This is one of the epic book.
Written with a very simple language, from the point of view of the illiterate Balram Halwai, doesn’t mean that this book needs to forget about witty humour. In fact, the simple mindedness, the casual racism, and the crude language enhanced the wittiness of this satirical novel. This is definitely not for a narrow minded people.
This book is full of self criticism. The author were brave enough to reveal the darker side of his own country: corruption, nepotism and bribery; the politicians, the loophole in the laws, and how live in the slums like; prostitution, health problem, and the lack of education. This book portrayed the side of India not so many author wanted to write about.
What makes me love this book even more is because of the familiarity of the stuffs Aravind Adiga wrote. It reminds me of Indonesia. It reminds me of the rotten side of politics. For me, personally, this book is not only an entertainment but also a mirror to see ourselves. It captured the darker side of humanity in the modern world.
Of course this is a very recommended book. Again, not for narrow minded people 😀