Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.
With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.
"Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
Manjunath Kumar is 14 and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket - if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be except Manju himself.
"Nuanced and surprising"
From the author of the prize-winning title The White Tiger comes a compelling and entertaining coming-of-age story. Manjunath Kumar is 14. He knows he is good at cricket - if not as good as his elder brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling and is fascinated by the world of CSI and by curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know.
A riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real-estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji.
"Witty, Sad, Outrageous"
Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.
Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master. The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.
Meet Balram Halwal, the 'White Tiger': servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells his story.... Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teas hop.
"Good Story and Narrative ! "
In his compelling new work of fiction, Aravind Adiga has imagined the small Indian city of Kittur, an everytown nestling on the coast south of Goa and north of Calicut. Through the myriad and distinctive voices of its in habitants, an entire Indian world comes vividly and unforgettably to life. Adiga has produced a microcosm of Indian life in the 80s, the years between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv.
"Greatness", by Nicholas Lemann; "A Smarter Stimulus", by James Surowiecki; "Getting There from Here", by Atul Gawande; "Mouse au Vin", by Noah Baumbach; "Elephant", by Aravind Adiga; "Brief Lives", by David Denby.
Immobilien-Tycoon Shah ist in Not. Der Kampf um die Filetstücke in Mumbais Boom-Bezirken wird immer härter und er ist auf der Verliererstraße...
In der Zeit zwischen den Anschlägen auf Indira Ghandi und später ihren Sohn Rajiv betrachtet dieser Roman das Leben in einer kleinen indischen Stadt. Wie ein analphabetischer muslimischer Junge von islamistischen Terroristen in Versuchung geführt wird oder ein Buchhändler für den Verkauf der "Satanischen Verse" verhaftet wird.
Balram - der "weiße Tiger" - lebt in einem Dorf im Herzen Indiens. Der kluge, aber arme Junge hat keine Chance auf Aufstieg, bis er als Fahrer eines reichen Mannes nach Delhi kommt. Fasziniert beobachtet er, wie seinesgleichen, die Diener, vor allem aber ihre reichen Herren auf Jagd nach Alkohol, Mädchen und Macht gehen. Schnell ist sein Ziel klar: die Flucht aus dem Sklavendasein und hinein in ein freies Leben - auch wenn dieser Weg über Leichen führt.