Review of white tiger


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This article was published in an english daily in Jammu & Kashmir and it have got positive reviews by most of the readers.
The name of the reviewer is mentioned here in and this review is specifically meant for education purpose only

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Review of white tiger

  1. 1. Review of Arvind Adiga’s ‘THE WHITE TIGER’By: Anzoo WasimHaving only the information about the greatness and progress made by India in the fields ofscience and technology is not enough. There is something more which all of us arenot aware of.The rot engulfing this country that lies deep into its social, political and economic set-up meritsto have an inquisitive look. This decay has consumed badly the socially and economicallydeprived class of this society. It has also encroached into the tenets on which the foundation ofthis nation was laid by its architects.Much hasn’t been put in writing on his subject, though it deserves attention like any of theissues of ‘national interest’. The expectations are high as far the social fabric of this country isconcerned but not something out of bounds for its intellectuals. The White Tiger by ArvindAdiga, a novel in receipt of man Booker Prize, 2008 is really an exercise which demandsappreciation in this direction. It is not only the content of the book which captivates a personbut the style of writing and use of language absorbs a reader so much that he feels attachedwith the characters somewhere where mechanical relations cease to exist. Adiga has beautifullybut sarcastically brought forth the shoddy state of affairs engrossed in the system of thiscountry that the inhabitants of this land has now accepted as a fiat accompli.Adiga has dwelt on the plethora of subjects concerning everyone and everyday affairsconstructing the physical and psychological make-up of the society. Although the author hastaken a different route whilesubstantiating his arguments yet there is no moment where onecan clearly counterfeit or contradict him in clear terms. Adiga has creatively made every majorinstitution of the country the subject matter of his novel. It compels one to do nothing but topraise him for such a skill and capacity which potentially promises of his auguring into a writerthe nation could bank upon.The author describes humorously thegrave cases of corruption and highhandedness common toall the institutions whether politics, judiciary, police or much talked about corporate sector.
  2. 2. Parallels drawn in between the poor rural and rich urban life has been done in a pure andpragmatic manner. Amazing details of exploitation of poor at the hands of their wealthymasters and how their misery is made to metamorphose into the luxury of those who owethem are impressive. These lucid details craftily converged into an ever-inspiring account needsmuch analysis supplemented by good experience, devotion and articulation infact all traitsbeautifully expressed by the author to lend the book a predilecting touch. The book thusdemands less exhibition of concentration, thoroughly mixed with entertaining bouts henceevades any possibility of mental fatigue.Adiga illustrates how blood and sweat of the impoverished human lot is the strength of everyedifice signifying power and prosperity. The book also reveals how the village life- its customs,traditions and values- becomes impediments in the path of the development of this class. Howrural population is stacked under the heavy burden of various implacable impositions whichultimately renders this populace unproductive and halts the growth and advancement of theseareas. Migration of these countryside labourers towards cities giving birth to slums there is thedirect result of the inhuman approach of village landlords towards this class of society.Major causes of hunger and diseases can be traced to the mode of life these ‘human beasts’ arecoerced to live there. In these neo-modern cities dignity and honour of this human lot becomessubservient to their survival. Every deed, irrespective of its legal position, which guaranteesthem to fetch something in terms of cash or kind, is inevitable to desist from under the harshcircumstances of its ‘fast life’.The environment in metropolitan cities of this nation has also been dissected comprehensively.Adiga has used a driver (named Balram) of a private car of a businessman, as a main characterin this novel. How the city life erodes his innocence gradually and toughens him so much thathe commits a cold blooded murder of his master. Although he was once respecting him somuch and was of the belief that masters are equivalent to parents for a servant.When his self became indulged in various acts of debauchery remains mystery to this fellow.When once strange appearing Delhi life drives him to embark on a path which desecrates hissoul and corrupts his mind never gets revealed. Balram runs away to Bangalore with the bag,
  3. 3. full of cash and establishes his own Travel Company there without having an iota ofembarrassment. Adiga has successfully tried to display the proportion of insensitivity a personacquires undesirably under deceitful city life settings. He exemplifies it by presenting themeanness of Balram as he was sure his action would cost him the lives of all of his familymembers including his elder brother. Adiga has also mentioned the social set-up of this statefor which he has used the metaphor of ‘Rooster Coop’. He believes the social bondages andlong established, deep ingrained values of the rural areas of this nation as powers responsiblefor the under-performance of its populace.How democracy works in this country is not any boon but a bane for its people. Vote bankpolitics and its dishonest politicians has made this institution a least trusted one from which allother shades of evil are radiated out. All this has reduced it into a money minting machineoperated only by few men with long hands. Voters are sold like stocks before elections andelection manifestoes often repeated special songs sung in election season to lure the gulliblepeople.Lack of development in this nation is ascribed by author to the corruption and red-tapism whichhas spread its tentacles at every level. Every person rich or poor has his muscles stretched topounce on anything he is able to snatch from other beings. Adiga has summed-up thisphenomenon in the oft-quoted lines-In olden days there were thousand castes and thousanddestinies in India.Now there are just two castes- Men with big bellies and Men with small Bellies and only twodestinies- eat or get eaten up. Regarding the life of those who live on the mercy and bounty ofelites, author has come up with the bold conclusion. Adiga has compelled these people to havedetermination and will to break these shackles to free themselves forever. He makes it amplyclear that the only way out is everyone should overtly or covertly came out of this predicamentemploying whatever means he is able to take. The author gives the feel that on earth therelations are only based on material calculations. The relevance of any person among hisinmates is until the person is worth earning. Once he exhausts or becomes impaired during thiscourse his fate becomes like that of an old horse, which is neither suitable for stable nor for
  4. 4. slaughter house. Put it simple the book is straightforward and truthful in its account. It is apackage in itself. You can’t help yourself without applauding the efficiency of author tosmoothly interconnect such diverse subjects into one compact and complete novel.Distributing the content creatively into chapters with headings as if a period of storytelling is aunique way (First Night, Third Night, etc). This makes it easy to read and understand. No doubtone can have divergent opinions with respect to the real essence behind the compilation of thisnovel. It can only serve as fodder for a good debate which in my opinion is a sign of its being anice piece recently added to English literature.