DR. SUDARSAN SAHOO
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
PARALA MAHARAJA ENGINEERING COLLEGE
Aravind Adiga, an Indian born , Australian educated writer ,shot to fame with his very first work, ‘The White Tiger’, which went on to win the Man Booker Prize in 2008, defeating stiff competition from the likes of Salman Rushdie. It is an artistic story of a man named Balram Halwai and his journey from regression and suppression. The writer paints two contrasting visions of India-Mirror of India and Bleak Description of India. India, as a nation, has encountered the fair share of adversities, whether they be in the form of invasions, slavery or famines and so on. Each part of the history of India is unique. The writer has raised many pertinent issues of this glorious history of India. The consciousness of the nation has always found an effective medium to express itself through the writers of the age. Same is the case with the modern-day India in which Chetan Bhagat, Vikram Seth and Mulk Raj Anand have become the voice of the nation. The new age writers of India will probably find the task more difficult than their predecessors, primarily because India’s diversity and divisions exist in its social, economic and cultural areas. India, one of the most diverse nations of the world, is almost incomprehensible. Its facets are just too many. That is why, Chetan Bhagwat has more or less focused on college students’ life, mainly that of Engineering students in his novels. In a different manner, a far too dangerous endeavor is undertaken by Arvind Adiga voicing the voice of the poor, the downtrodden and the colossal underclass of the World’s biggest democracy in his prolific work, The White Tiger.
Key Words: Underclass, Bleak, Darkness, Rampant and Elites