Aravind Adiga (born 23 October 1974) is an Indo-Australian
writer and journalist. His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008
Man Booker Prize.
1.1 Early life and education
1.3 Booker Prize
1.4 Other works
2.2 Short stories
4 External links
Early life and education
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, 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. With pieces published in the
Financial Times and Money, he covered the stock market and investment,
interviewing, amongst others, Donald Trump. His review of previous
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, won the 2008 Booker
Prize. He is the fourth 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 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 [Indian]
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,
Dickens of the 19th century helped England and France become better
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 win, 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: A Novel. Atlantic Books, Ltd (UK), Free Press (US),
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, 18 October 2008, online text)
"Smack" (The Sunday Times, 16 November 2008, online text)
"Last Christmas in Bandra" (The Times, 19 December 2008, online text)
"The Elephant" (The New Yorker, 26 January 2009, online text)
Aravind Adiga author biography". BookBrowse.com. Retrieved 3 March
^ Higgins, Charlotte (14 October 2008). "
Aravind Adiga wins Booker
prize with The White Tiger". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 March
^ 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.
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
^ "Almamater celebrates Adiga's win". Bangalore Mirror. 16 October
2008. Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved
^ At Last! Commencement For More than 8,900 Today. Columbia University
Record. MAY 21, 1997 Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
^ The Second Circle Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
^ Adiga is the first current or former TIME staffer to win the Man
Booker Prize, or its predecessor, the Booker Prize.
^ The second circle Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
^ "First-timers seeking Booker glory". BBC. 9 September 2008. Archived
from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
^ Robins, Peter (9 August 2008). "Review:
The White Tiger
The White Tiger by Aravind
Adiga". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010.
^ "I highlighted India's brutal injustices: Adiga". Rediff. 16 October
2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved
^ "Booker in pocket,
Aravind Adiga sacks agent". CNN-IBN. 26 October
2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved
^ Smuggler, Ascension acquire 2008 Mann Booker winner White Tiger
^ Donthi, Praveen (2008-10-23). "Adigas second book to hit shelves".
Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved
^ "Good Reads".
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Recipients of the Booker Prize
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P. H. Newby (1969)
Bernice Rubens (1970)
J. G. Farrell
J. G. Farrell (Lost Man Booker Prize, 1970)
V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul (1971)
John Berger (1972)
J. G. Farrell
J. G. Farrell (1973)
Nadine Gordimer /
Stanley Middleton (1974)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1975)
David Storey (1976)
Paul Scott (1977)
Iris Murdoch (1978)
Penelope Fitzgerald (1979)
William Golding (1980)
Salman Rushdie (1981)
Thomas Keneally (1982)
J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee (1983)
Anita Brookner (1984)
Keri Hulme (1985)
Kingsley Amis (1986)
Penelope Lively (1987)
Peter Carey (1988)
Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
A. S. Byatt
A. S. Byatt (1990)
Ben Okri (1991)
Michael Ondaatje /
Barry Unsworth (1992)
Roddy Doyle (1993)
James Kelman (1994)
Pat Barker (1995)
Graham Swift (1996)
Arundhati Roy (1997)
Ian McEwan (1998)
J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee (1999)
Margaret Atwood (2000)
Peter Carey (2001)
Yann Martel (2002)
DBC Pierre (2003)
Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
John Banville (2005)
Kiran Desai (2006)
Anne Enright (2007)
Aravind Adiga (2008)
Hilary Mantel (2009)
Howard Jacobson (2010)
Julian Barnes (2011)
Hilary Mantel (2012)
Eleanor Catton (2013)
Richard Flanagan (2014)
Marlon James (2015)
Paul Beatty (2016)
George Saunders (2017)
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