हालसालैका लेखहरु : उड्ने रहर छ,(उमा शर्मा ) तब पो दशैं आउँथ्यो,(गोतामे साँहिलो) नाप्नै सकिएन ,(रजनी श्रेष्ठ) धेरै सिकायो यो कोरोनाले,(उमा शर्मा) गिद्धहरु रमाउँदैछन्,(बासु श्रेष्ठ) आव्हान,(रजनी श्रेष्ठ) ग्रीन कार्ड,(सुदीपभद्र खनाल) लश्कर,(गोविन्द गिरी प्रेरणा) अभिनन्दन !!!!,(ऋषिराम अर्याल) गड्यौला उर्फ सत्यराज ,(कृष्ण बजगाईं )

‘The White Tiger’ depiction of the grime reality,(Kumari Lama)

I was so much curious to know about The White Tiger as it won the Pulitzer Prize of 2008. So, to quench my thirst of knowing it, I started going through the lines, paragraphs and pages and eventually could go through it. Lastly I am convinced why this book won the most renowned prize for literature. The writer Arvindh Adiga is successful to unfold the prevailing great gap between rich and poor, the visible and invisible corruption inside politics and bureaucracy as well as the rotten and spoiled mentality of all the power holding people. He has also marvelously traced out the human instinct and desire through the character Balram Halwali.

Balram Halwali, an innocent, poor and helpless man of Laxmangarh turns to be a corrupt man and a murderer along with the changing time and his growing ambition. His father, a rickshaw driver dies vomiting blood. He is compelled to work in a teashop leaving his school in Dhanbad. This ambitious man, Balram gets chance to be a driver in Ashok’s family. Adhiga has honestly presented the reality that poor people are dying of hunger on the one hand but the rich people like Ashok’s family is enjoying their time with imported whiskey every evening. This disparity in the society makes Balram to be more ambitious and reach in the position of his master. His ambition to be a man and live a good life leads him to kill his own master Ashok who was really kind and generous towards him. His hands don’t tremble while breaking his kind employer Ashok’s skull as he was overpowered by the desire of getting red bag filled with money. Balram accepts that he remained no more innocent Country Mouse after entering Delhi. He goes to Red-light area and also starts drinking. He throws all his self-respect somewhere at the corner of his filthy room and he turns to a spiritually decayed person. His courage of carrying the risk of killing his own master leads him to live a very successful life in Banglore.

This novel not only deals with human instinct but at the same time traces out the layers of corruption going on inside politics and police force. Rich people are after politicians for their vested interest. Ashok’s family is giving lots of money for the election. In this world money is power. Ashok’s wife Pinky kills a child when she drives in intoxicated condition but nothing happens. Later Balram’s driver kills a boy but the victim poor family could do nothing as the commissioner himself is with him. Writer is successful to give us the reality around us. But in the name of dealing with truth how much it is sensible to use the word which is difficult to digest? Adiga has used a very vulgar word time and again which may not give good impression about a world famous writer like him. And on the other hand he has particularly pointed out the Nepali woman as prostitute. Whenever he talks about Red-light area he talks of Nepali women. Why has he presented Nepali Women in this way? This is really astonishing. A writer like him should be more conscious of writing something as his saying may hurt other.

Leaving this little tit bits, the novel White Tiger is really worth-reading for its novel way of presentation. The writer has written in a form of letter. The language he has used so simple but refined. More than that the scenario he has visualized in the novel is exactly the today’s world where no body is far from corruption and greedy desire.


2nd February 2009


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