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Aravind Adiga : The Rising Indian Poet

Kavishala LabsKavishala Labs October 23, 2021
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Aravind Adiga was born in the city of Chennai on the 23rd of Oct, 1974 to Dr. K. Madhava Adiga and Usha Adiga from Mangalore.

In Sydney Aravind studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School then he, later on, studied English literature at Columbia College of Columbia University in New York City, under Simon Schama, and graduated as salutatorian in 1997. 

He had also studied at Magladen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee.

Booker Prize

Aravind's debut novel, The White Tiger, had won the 2008 Booker Prize and has been adapted into a Netflix original movie The White Tiger.

To our reader's surprise he is also ranked the 4th Indian-born author to win the prize, after Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, and Kiran Desai V.S. Naipaul, another winner, is ethnically Indian but was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

About the Novel The White Tiger

This Novel studies the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and the lead character, Balram, who came from crushing rural poverty.

Adiga had so far explained that "criticism by writers like Flaubert, Balzac, and Dickens of the 19th century that had helped England and France become better societies".

But after he won the prize, it was alleged that Adiga had, the previous year, sacked the agent who secured his contract with Atlantic Books at the 2007 London Book Fair. 

However, in April 2009, it was announced that the novel would be adapted into a feature film. 

The Innocents, Co-Writer

Did you forget me in the woods,

left with empties in a green trash can

with the screen on top?

Did you drop me off on your way to work,

or lose the map of my geography,

or run out of gas on a one-way street?

Did you bury me?

Tell me it wasn't in a dumpster

that you put me in the ground,

where the worms will love me.

Did I challenge you

more than you were able to stand

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