The Info List - Aravind Adiga

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ARAVIND ADIGA (born 23 October 1974 ) is an Indo- Australian
writer and journalist. His debut novel , The White Tiger
The White Tiger
, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize
Booker Prize


* 1 Biography

* 1.1 Early life and education * 1.2 Career * 1.3 Booker Prize
Booker Prize
* 1.4 Other works

* 2 Bibliography

* 2.1 Novels * 2.2 Short stories

* 3 References * 4 External links



Aravind Adiga was born in Madras
(now Chennai
) on 23 October 1974 to Dr. K. Madhava Adiga and Usha Adiga, both of whom hailed from Mangalore
. His paternal grandfather was the late K. Suryanarayana Adiga , former chairman of Karnataka Bank , and a maternal great-grandfather, U. Rama Rao , a popular medical practitioner and Congress politician from Madras.

Adiga grew up in Mangalore
and studied at Canara High School , then at St. Aloysius College , where he completed his SSLC in 1990 and secured the first place in his state in SSLC (his elder brother, Anand, had placed second in SSLC and first in PUC in the state).

After emigrating to Sydney
, Australia, with his family, Aravind studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School . He later studied English literature at Columbia College of Columbia University
Columbia University
, in New York city, under Simon Schama and graduated as salutatorian in 1997. He also studied at Magdalen College, Oxford , where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee .


Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, interning at the Financial Times
Financial Times
. With pieces published in the Financial Times
Financial Times
and Money , he covered the stock market and investment, interviewing, amongst others, Donald Trump
Donald Trump
. His review of previous Booker Prize
Booker Prize
winner Peter Carey 's book, Oscar and Lucinda , appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review.

He was subsequently hired by TIME , where he remained a South Asia correspondent for three years before going freelance. During this freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. Aravind Adiga now lives in Mumbai
, Maharashtra
, India.


Aravind Adiga's debut novel, The White Tiger
The White Tiger
, won the 2008 Booker Prize . He is the fourth Indian-born author to win the prize, after Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
, Arundhati Roy , and Kiran Desai . ( V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul
, another winner, is ethnically Indian but was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.) The five other authors on the shortlist included one other Indian writer ( Amitav Ghosh ) and another first-time writer ( Steve Toltz ). The novel studies the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and the lead character, Balram, who comes from crushing rural poverty.

“ At a time when India is going through great changes and, with China, is likely to inherit the world from the West, it is important that writers like me try to highlight the brutal injustices of society. That's what I'm trying to do – it is not an attack on the country, it's about the greater process of self-examination. ”

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

Shortly after he won the prize, it was alleged that Adiga had, the previous year, sacked the agent who had secured his contract with Atlantic Books at the 2007 London Book Fair . In April 2009, it was announced that the novel would be adapted into a feature film. Propelled mainly by the Booker Prize
Booker Prize
win, The White Tiger
The White Tiger
's Indian hardcover edition sold more than 200,000 copies.


Adiga's second book, Between the Assassinations , was released in India in November 2008 and in the US and UK in mid-2009; twelve interlinked short stories comprise this book. His second novel and third published book, Last Man in Tower , was published in the UK in 2011. His third novel, Selection Day, was scheduled to be published on 8 Sept 2016.



* The White Tiger
The White Tiger
: A Novel. Atlantic Books, Ltd (UK), Free Press (US), 2008 * Between the Assassinations . Picador (IND), 2008 * Last Man in Tower . Fourth Estate (IND), 2011 * Selection Day. HarperCollins India (IND), 2016


* "The Sultan's Battery" ( The Guardian
The Guardian
, 18 October 2008, online text) * "Smack" ( The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times
, 16 November 2008, online text) * "Last Christmas in Bandra" ( The Times
The Times
, 19 December 2008, online text) * "The Elephant" ( The New Yorker
The New Yorker
, 26 January 2009, online text)


* ^ Adiga, Aravind (18 October 2008). "\'Provocation is one of the legitimate goals of literature\'". The Indian Express
The Indian Express
(Interview). Interview with Vijay Rana. Retrieved 9 November 2013. * ^ Indian Australian
novelist Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize - Express India Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite * ^ "Indian novelist Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize". Agencies. Expressindia. 15 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-16. * ^ "Booker for KannAdiga". Deccan Herald. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 2008-10-16. * ^ A B "Karnataka/ Mangalore
News:Mangaloreans rejoice over aravind adiga\'s win". The Hindu. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. * ^ Muthiah, S. (3 November 2008). "A lineage of success". The Hindu. * ^ "Almamater celebrates Adiga\'s win". Bangalore Mirror. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. * ^ At Last! Commencement For More than 8,900 Today. Columbia University Record. MAY 21, 1997 Archived 17 January 2010 at