Summary of Booker-winning book The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Written by Kaitholil Storyboard Team. Last updated at 2022-08-01 16:29:26

In this novel, the author Aravind Adiga tells the story of Balram Halwai, who is born into a low-income family in Laxmangarh village in Bihar. The story begins when he is only eight years old and continues until his late twenties. It depicts how Balram rises above his circumstances by working hard and using his intelligence to become successful despite being born into a caste system that prevents him from doing so through traditional means such as marriage or owning land.

The White Tiger is a novel about Balram Halwai, an Indian entrepreneur who rises from poverty to become one of the wealthiest men in India. The book follows Balram's life through his childhood in a small village, his time spent working for a wealthy family as their chauffeur, and then his eventual move to Bangalore, where he establishes himself as an entrepreneur. Through this tale of one man's success, Aravind Adiga explores many themes: capitalism vs. democracy and the difference between wealth and power; corruption vs. justice; equality vs. freedom; progress vs. tradition; technology vs. morality. This post will look at how these different topics are addressed in this novel by exploring some of its significant takeaways:

The protagonist is Balram Halwai.

The novel is told in the first person voice of Balram Halwai. He tells his story to the Chinese Premier, who is visiting India on an official visit. He has written 27 letters to the Chinese Premier, narrating his entire life story.

The White Tiger's prominent themes are irony and sarcasm. The novel criticizes social inequality, corruption, and racism in India through its protagonist, Balram Halwai (who ironically happens to be a chauffeur).

The novel is set in India, and its basic plot is about the rise of an entrepreneur who starts as a poor chai-wallah and opens his taxi service. Balram Halwai is the protagonist of the novel. He was born into a low-income family in a village called Laxmangarh. He has been compared with Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and other literary characters like Holden Caulfield.

Capitalism is a religion.

While most people don’t think of capitalism as a religion, Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger makes a compelling case that it is. Like any other religion, capitalism is made up of a system of beliefs and values supported through faith and morality.

The first step in understanding how capitalism works as a religion is to understand what it means for something to be considered a “belief system” or “moral code.” For something to be labeled as such:

There must be some dogma or doctrine that outlines this belief system's principles. This will vary depending on what kind of religion we're talking about – for example, Christianity has many different denominations with their perspectives on what constitutes acceptable behavior (for instance, Catholics believe that homosexuality should be condemned; Muslims believe that killing someone who insults Muhammad should be punished by death).

Balram is born into a low-income family in Laxmangarh, a village in Bihar.

Balram is born into a low-income family in Laxmangarh, a village in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India. From childhood, he has been highly ambitious and intelligent and dreams of rising above his circumstances. However, his endeavors are thwarted by the prevailing caste system. He is sent to work as a servant for a wealthy Brahmin family, where he witnesses first-hand how members of higher castes exploit those beneath them and uses this knowledge to rise above his station.

As a servant to the family, Balram is forced to eat only leftovers and sleep on the floor next to the stove. He attends school sporadically until his father dies from smallpox, at which point he is forced to give up his education altogether to work full time for them. His first real lesson about classism occurs one night when Balram sees that the car's headlights are broken and offers to fix it for free if they let him return home early.

The village is not necessarily better than the city, but it's not worse either.

This is a lesson that many Westerners fail to learn about the developing world. We think of the village as a primitive, backward place. We could learn many aspects of rural life from community spirit; a sense of belonging and purpose, pride in one's work and its contribution to society, and appreciation for nature's bounty.

But there are also things we shouldn't take for granted in urban life: access to advanced technology and medicine, choosing your career path, and freedom from constant worry over food or safety.

The "American Dream" is just as much a lie in India as in America.

The American Dream is a lie. It's a myth, a fantasy we all want to believe in, but it's not real.

Adiga shows us that the American Dream doesn't exist for everyone—it just lives for the lucky few born into privilege and have the resources to create their success through hard work and determination.

The only way an Indian man could achieve this success was if born into wealth or privilege like Gopal's family. If he had been born poor or on the streets, he would never be able to apply himself in school without worrying about where his next meal would come from or whether or not he'd be able to afford shelter that night.

Balram's family does not have the money for him to complete high school.

Balram's family does not have the money to complete high school, and thus he goes to work as a tea-stall boy for the local landlord, Thakur Raja. Balram is ambitious and intelligent: he dreams of rising above his circumstances one day. He becomes an employee of Dr. Prakash Nagpal, who owns a small factory manufacturing auto parts. Balram notes how everyone around him treats Dr. Prakash with reverence because they fear him so much that they cannot say no when their boss asks them to do something illegal or unethical.

Balram's big break comes when he becomes an employee of Ashok Sharma, the son of Thakur Raja. Ashok takes Balram with him to New Delhi as his driver and servant. During this time, Balram learns how corrupt most upper-class families are.

Ashok is dragged into a corrupt scheme involving his brother and wife a few years later. Balram arranges for both of them to be killed so that he can escape from their clutches. He flees to Bangalore, where he opens up his own business, allowing him to live in comfort for the rest of his life.

Corruption is the result of inequality, not a cause of it.

When someone asks you why corruption is so pervasive in India, don't just give them a complicated answer. Instead, tell them it's the result of inequality, not a cause of it. Corruption outward manifests people's inability to get what they need from the state: services and security. When these things are provided by private companies who are primarily unaccountable to citizens and are themselves corrupt (because who says profit-making isn't?), then corruption becomes widespread as a way for people to stay afloat in their daily lives.

There are two classes in India: the rich and the rest of us.

The White Tiger is a novel that shows the divide between the rich and the poor in India. There are just two classes in this country: the rich living in huge mansions and the rest of us living in tiny houses or even tents.

This idea of class separation is also seen in how money affects other aspects of one’s life, such as education, housing, and transportation. For example, only people with money can afford to send their children to school so they can get a good education which will lead them to have a better job than others without an education do not have access to; therefore, they cannot make more money themselves since they cannot get jobs that pay well because they lack skills needed by employers or companies.

One day at school, Balram hears about a management institution called 'White Tiger School' from a man named Mr. Ashok.

One day at school, Balram hears about a management institution called 'White Tiger School' from a man named Mr. Ashok. He tells all the boys that they should aspire to attend this school and learn how to become entrepreneurs and business people; he says that this is their only chance at upward mobility and freedom from poverty.

Balram's parents tell him not to listen to Mr. Ashok because it's too expensive for them to send him there. However, Balram convinces his father, saying, "If I can't go now, when will I go? Maybe never."

Mr. Ashok says this school will teach them everything they need to know about life in India, including how its caste system works. He says that the only way out of poverty is through education and entrepreneurship; he emphasizes this by quoting Mahatma Gandhi, who said, "Poverty is the worst form of violence." It tells him not to listen because it's too expensive for them to send him there. However, Balram convinces his father, saying, "If I can't go now.

The solution to corruption is not to give more power to police and judges but to people like Balram Halwai.

The solution to corruption is not to give more power to police and judges but to people like Balram Halwai. The answer is not to lock up the bad guys but for good guys like Balram Halwai to think about their future and speak out against corruption.

The solution is not for the poor people of India to vote for a new government or for the rich people of India to give money to charity or start foundations that build schools in rural areas. The solution is for all of us—rich and poor alike—to stand up as individuals and fight against corruption wherever we see it.

Technology does not cause progress; power does.

Technology is a tool, not a means to an end. This is the most important thing to remember when thinking about the role of technology in society. Technology is neither good nor bad; it can be used for both ends, but if we mistake technology for a lot, we will fail to see what’s at stake.

Technology does not determine the outcome of a situation; it's the power that does—power that comes from innovation and engineering as well as from politics and economics. Therefore, if you want your business or organization to succeed today or tomorrow, don't just focus on using technology; focus instead on getting ahead through innovation and engineering while also considering how those innovations might affect society (and whether they're giving people more power).

In 1997, Balram used money sent by his parents to buy chickens to start his own business, but it failed miserably.

Balram accepts the job. Thakur Raja doesn't give him time off or vacation unless he needs Balram for something important, like when his wife gives birth to a daughter and will be away from home for a few days.

Balram is not allowed to take time off or vacation unless he needs Balram for something important, like when his wife gives birth to a daughter, and he will be away from home for a few days.

Balram is not allowed to take time off or vacation unless he needs Balram for something important, like when his wife gives birth to a daughter, and he will be away from home for a few days.

The world has turned into a battlefield for small ideas.

You have to work hard and believe in yourself, but you need a small idea that can change the world.

The world has turned into a battlefield for small ideas. It’s easy to forget that, especially when we live in bubbles where our particular worldview is reinforced by every aspect of our surroundings: the news we read and watch, the friends with whom we share common interests, even entire cities or countries where people think exactly like us. But when you step outside your comfort zone and meet someone from another background – whether through work or travel, or simple conversation – you may be surprised at how different the way they see things is from yours. And if their perspective feels foreign enough (and it often does), then maybe it’s worth considering changing how you look at things too!

Aravind Adiga's novel about an Indian entrepreneur shows that the poor are not necessarily "good" and that capitalism can only thrive without democracy.

The White Tiger is a novel about an Indian entrepreneur. It's also about the "American Dream," corruption, and how cities are not necessarily better than villages. The protagonist of this book is a man named Balram Halwai, who was born into poverty but rose to become an extremely successful businessman. He did so by ignoring ethics and morals and doing whatever it took to make money—regardless of how unethical or immoral that may have been.

The reason why he succeeded in becoming so rich was that he understood something about capitalism: that it relies on consumers being able to buy things from producers at prices they can afford to pay (or borrow money from banks). If there aren't enough consumers who purchase products from companies, those companies go out of business—which leads us back into recession again! And since capitalism relies on consumers being able to buy things at affordable prices...

That means that if people don't live above subsistence level, then they won't be able to contribute back to society through taxes or by purchasing goods themselves; which means there will be fewer new jobs created because no one has any extra income left over after they've paid taxes; which means more people will be unemployed; therefore making them unable not afford necessities like food and shelter either while working full-time jobs or even just staying unemployed long enough without any income coming in whatsoever."


Balram Halwai is a courageous and ambitious man. However, he has many obstacles in his path which prevent him from achieving his goals. His family is impoverished, and he has never had an education. Therefore, when Mr. Ashok offers Balram a chance at a better life by telling him about this White Tiger School, he immediately jumps at the opportunity to start learning about business and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately for Balram, things don't turn out exactly as planned because he quickly realizes that despite all his hard work, there are still limits on how much money can be made from being self-employed. No matter how much effort one puts into their job, they still won't be able to get ahead unless they have connections with other wealthy people - who often take advantage of those with lower social status (such as poor rural farmers).

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