Saturday, October 18, 2008

Aravind Adiga wins Man Booker Prize 2008

Aravind Adiga who won the Man Booker prize this year (2008) for his debut novel The White Tiger
is a Manglorean who studied at Canara High School and St Aloysius High School where he completed his SSLC in 1990 topping the state boards.

Congratulations Aravind!

The novel is about a protagonist - Balram - who will use any means necessary to fulfill his dream of escaping impoverished village life for success in the big city. It also studies the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and the lead character, who comes from crushing rural poverty.

Aravind has also written a collection of short stories "`Between the Assassinations" which refers to the period between the two assassinations of Former Prime Ministers of India, Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv Gandhi. This anthology was written before White Tiger, but was published Second. People who have read the book say that a lot of the characters in the stories are easily recognisable as teachers at St Aloysius and other Mangloreans. :)