“Meet Balram Halwai, the ‘White Tiger’: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and murderer. Balram, the White Tiger, was born in a backwater village on the River Ganges, the son of a rickshaw-puller. He works in a teashop, crushing coal and wiping tables, but nurses a dream of escape. When he learns that a rich village landlord needs a chauffeur, he takes his opportunity, and is soon on his way to Delhi behind the wheel of a Honda. Amid the cockroaches and call-centres, the 36,000,004 gods, the slums, the shopping malls, and the crippling traffic jams, Balram learns of a new morality at the heart of a new India. Driven by desire to better himself, he comes to see how the Tiger might escape his cage…” Nielsen Book Data Online
This Man Booker Prize Winner (2008) also won the Galaxy British Book Awards: Borders Author of the Year 2009 and was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize 2008, the Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Fiction 2009 and the Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year Award: Adults 2009. It certainly flew off the bookshop shelves when published!
Mrs Walker, (Mr Walker’s wife), has read and enjoyed the book, and comments thus:
“This book offers an insight into Indian life and culture – contrasts in society; lots of humour; interesting relationships; great believability. A brutal, shocking, fantastic journey. You can enjoy reading it, it’s refreshingly different.”