Re reading…White Tiger

When The White Tiger made an entry into the Academy Awards with a nomination for the best adapted screenplay… I kind of sat up and took notice. What prompted this selection? Was the book worth retelling on celluloid? I had almost not believed Arvind Adiga then. More than a decade later, the movie ( The White Tiger,2021) prompted me to pick up the fast fiction by the same name and story writer, from my bookshelf once again to give it a re-look.

When you re-read old books, you come across certain portions that initially had got missed out in the race to read a book just fresh out on the racks and reach the finish line, especially of the Booker famed ones. Like me with this one. Yes, it was interesting even then- felt like Bollywood grunge but had failed to make a mark. But this time round, my experiences in life had added a better perspective to the reading. Like this page cried out for a share…

A page out of The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga

Now I know why he got chosen for the Booker in 2008.

What he spoke out here is not at all the un-truth. And the city of Gurgaon ( Gurugram) can be replaced by any Tier 1 city of India. The book surprises you at places as it enters the minds of the city dwellers, but that is for the discerning reader, as this is for sure, not a book review.

I am peeved to accept that I too probably belong to the book somehow… probably the darkness to city transition! The people, the places and the dark- dark humour almost bordering on the sinister has quite a pull. Identify with it or look down upon it… it spares none.

12 thoughts on “Re reading…White Tiger

  1. Now that you have rediscovered the book…and narrated it so very well….let me look for the book in my house too…it must be somewhere…hiding

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  2. This is a beautiful piece of writing, Sushmita! Thanks for sharing the book and sometimes we often forget how the ‘smalls’ of life ( like a page of book) does to our perspective. ❤️

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  3. Loved your thoughts on this dear. You are absolutely right. We often overlook the little things that actually direct much in life. I remember sharing my views with you on the book way back. Adiga showed the naked truth of life in cities and specially the minds of the people.

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  4. You have narrated this so well . We often overlook the little things that actually direct much in life. I remember sharing my views with you on the book way back. I felt Adiga showed us the naked truth of life in cities and specially the minds of the people . The clash between the class and the mass.

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    1. Thank you Arpita for finding time to read this post and liking it. Your appreciation sure made my day 💗… Yes, I remember discussing the book with you and it’s reproduction on celluloid… I agree it’s a great commentary

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