Anupama S Shenoy

(Asst. Professor)

(Communication Skills)

Dept. of Engineering Sciences

Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology

University of Mumbai




The White Tiger depicts the aspirational Indian and his mentality even as he is surrounded by caste, corruption, inequalities, illiteracy; even as he is imprisoned by circumstances beyond his control. There have been several Indian writers who have dwelt on the culture, ethos and the quintessential nature of being Indian like Nirad C Chaudhari’s “Autobiography of an Unknown Indian”, R.K Narayan’s numerous masterpieces, Vikram Seth’s “Bachelor Boy”. We have, Raja Rao’s novel “The Serpent and The Rope”, depicting the very Indian protagonist Rama, aspirational and seeking spiritual connect. However, Aravind Adiga’s Balram Halwai in the “White Tiger” is cast in a different mould. He is the brazenly aspirational new Indian emerging from the hinterlands and the backwaters of the country and whose time has come to be heard. He is born with survival instincts like all Indians but what sets him apart are his killer instincts and a strong urge to thrive under any circumstance.

Key words: aspirational, survival instinct, killer instinct, appearance and reality.


Balram Halwai and the White Tiger: Aravind Adiga’s tribute to the Aspirational Indian of Present Times