Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga
Native name ಅರವಿಂದ ಅಡಿಗ
Born (1974-10-23) 23 October 1974
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Writer
Ethnicity Kannadiga, 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 Indo-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] and a maternal great-grandfather, U. Rama Rao, 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 College, where he completed his SSLC in 1990 and secured the first place in his state in SSLC (his elder brother, Anand, had placed second in SSLC and first in PUC in the state).[5][7]

After emigrating to Sydney, Australia, with his family, Aravind studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He later studied English literature at Columbia College of Columbia University, in New York city, under Simon Schama and was 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, amongst 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 this freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. Aravind Adiga now lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra, 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 ethnically Indian but was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.) 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]

At a time when India is going through great changes and, with China, is likely to inherit the world from the West, it is important that writers like me try to highlight the brutal injustices of [Indian] society. That's what I'm trying to do – it is not an attack on the country, it's about the greater process of self-examination.

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

Shortly after he won the prize, it was alleged that Adiga had, the previous year, sacked the agent who 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 sold more than 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] twelve interlinked short stories comprise this book.[19] His second novel and third published book, Last Man in Tower, was published in the UK in 2011. His third novel, Selection Day, was scheduled to be published on 8 Sept 2016.[20]



Short stories


  1. Adiga, Aravind (18 October 2008). "'Provocation is one of the legitimate goals of literature'". The Indian Express (Interview). Interview with Vijay Rana. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  2. Indian Australian novelist Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize - Express India Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  3. "Indian novelist Aravind Adiga wins Booker prize". Agencies. Expressindia. 15 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  4. "Booker for KannAdiga". Deccan Herald. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  5. 1 2 "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. Muthiah, S. (3 November 2008). "A lineage of success". The Hindu.
  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 2010 at WebCite
  9. The Second Circle Archived 17 January 2010 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 2010 at WebCite
  12. "First-timers seeking Booker glory". BBC. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  13. Robins, Peter (9 August 2008). "Review: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  14. "I highlighted India's brutal injustices: Adiga". Rediff. 16 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. 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". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  20. "Good Reads".

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