The White Tiger
By Aravind Adiga
A Brief Re-Cap
Mr. Ashok - Balram's master, a diplomatic man who believes in a better and democratic India
Pinky Madam - Ashok's wife, leaves him for America, represents the stereotypical America - hypocritical yet sympathetic
Kusum - Balram's grandmother, controlling, overpowering
Kishan - Balram's brother, just like father, lets Kusum manipulate his life
Ram Persad - secretly muslim, Ashok's first driver, exposed by Balram, kicked out, poor role model
Dharam - Balram's nephew, grows up wealthy and smart, raised like-a-son, acts just like Balram- sly
"At the doorway to my house, you'll see the most important member of my family. The water buffalo. She was the fattest thing in our family; this was true in every house in the village" (Adiga 17).
"Please understand, Your Excellency, that India is two countries in one: an India of Light, and an India of Darkness"
"I've made it! I've broken out of the coop! ... I've given myself away" (Adiga 295).
Themes and Purposes
- from Darkness to Light
- Rags to Riches
- willing to take risks'