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Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga
Native name ಅರವಿಂದ ಅಡಿಗ
Born (1974-10-23) 23 October 1974
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Writer
Ethnicity Indian
Citizenship Australian
Alma mater Columbia University
Magdalen College, Oxford
Notable works The White Tiger
Notable awards 2008 Man Booker Prize
(The White Tiger)

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Aravind Adiga (Kannada: ಅರವಿಂದ ಅಡಿಗ) (born 23 October 1974[1][2]) is an Indian-Australian writer and journalist. His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.[3]


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[4][5] while his maternal great-grandfather, U. Rama Rao, was a popular medical practitioner and Congress politician from Madras.[6]

Adiga grew up in Mangalore and studied at Canara High School, then at St. Aloysius High School, where he completed his SSLC in 1990. He secured first rank in the state in SSLC. Incidentally his elder brother Anand Adiga secured 2nd rank in SSLC and first rank in PUC in the state.[5][7]

After emigrating to Sydney, Australia, with his family, he studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He studied English literature at Columbia College, Columbia University, in New York, where he studied with Simon Schama and graduated as salutatorian in 1997.[8] 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, among 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.[9] He was subsequently hired by TIME, where he remained a South Asia correspondent for three years before going freelance.[10] During his freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. He currently lives in Mumbai, India.[11]

Booker Prize

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 of Indian origin, but was not born in India.) The five other authors on the shortlist included one other Indian writer (Amitav Ghosh) and another first-time writer (Steve Toltz).[12] 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.[13]

He explained that "the criticism by writers like Flaubert, Balzac and Dickens of the 19th century helped England and France become better societies".[14]

Shortly after winning the prize it was alleged that Adiga had, the previous year, sacked the agent that had secured his contract with Atlantic Books at the 2007 London Book Fair.[15] In April 2009 it was announced that the novel would be adapted into a feature film.[16] Propelled mainly by the Booker Prize win, The White Tiger's Indian hardcover edition has sold in excess of 200,000 copies.[17]

Other Works

Adiga's second book, Between the Assassinations, was released in India in November 2008 and in the US and UK in mid-2009.[18] The book features 12 interlinked short stories.[19] His second novel and third published book, Last Man in Tower, was published in the UK in 2011.



Short stories

  • "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)


  1. ^ Adiga, Aravind (18 October 2008). ‘Provocation is one of the legitimate goals of literature’. Interview with Vijay Rana.  
  2. ^ Indian Australian novelist Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize - Express India Archived 17 January at WebCite
  3. ^ "Indian novelist Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize". Agencies (Expressindia). 15 October 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Booker for KannAdiga". Deccan Herald. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^  
  7. ^ "Almamater celebrates Adiga's win". Bangalore Mirror. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 18 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  8. ^ At Last! Commencement For More than 8,900 Today. Columbia University Record. MAY 21, 1997 Archived 17 January at WebCite
  9. ^ The Second Circle Archived 17 January at WebCite
  10. ^ Adiga is the first current or former TIME staffer to win the Man Booker Prize, or its predecessor, the Booker Prize.
  11. ^ The second circle Archived 17 January at WebCite
  12. ^ "First-timers seeking Booker glory". BBC. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Review: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga". The Telegraph. 9 August 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  14. ^ "I highlighted India's brutal injustices: Adiga". Rediff. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  15. ^ "Booker in pocket, Aravind Adiga sacks agent". CNN-IBN. 26 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  16. ^ Smuggler, Ascension acquire 2008 Mann Booker winner White Tiger | News | Screen
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  19. ^ Donthi, Praveen (2008-10-23). "Adigas second book to hit shelves".  

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