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Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger

Indias Aravind Adiga wins Man Booker Prize 2008 – The White Tiger

Arvind Adiga

India’’s young novelist Aravind Adiga has reportedly won the 50,000 pound Man-Booker-Prize for the year 2008 for his first novel The White Tiger.

Adiga is the third first-time novelist to win the Booker Prize, which is awarded every year for the best novel in the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland.

34-year old Adiga is one of the two first-time novelists, the other being Australia’’s Steve Toltz.

The White Tiger is a “compelling, angry and darkly humorous” novel about a man’’s journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success.

The White Tiger

Adiga was born in Chennai in 1974. He grew up in Mangalore and studied at Canara High School, then at St. Aloysius” College, where he completed his SSLC in 1990.

After immigrating to Sydney with his family, he studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He studied English literature at Columbia University, New York and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, with pieces published in Financial Times, Money and the Wall Street Journal.

His review of previous Booker Winner Peter Carey’’s book Oscar and Lucinda appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review.

He was subsequently hired by the TIME magazine, where he worked as a correspondent for three years before going freelance. During his freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. He is now based in Mumbai.

Adiga beat favourite Sebastian Barry to take the 50,000 pound ($47,000) prize. The other authors in the shortlist were Amitav Ghosh, Steve Toltz, Linda Grant and Philip Hensher.

Aravind Adiga wins Man Booker Prize  – The White Tiger

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