It’s been proud that an Indian got the prize for man booker of the year 2008.This post is all about Man Booker Prize 2008 winner, Aravind Adiga. Adiga was just an ordinary freelance journalist before he created history by winning the Man Booker Award for Fiction 2008 prize at a glittering ceremony in London’s Guildhall. On the other hand, rival Amitav Ghosh, one of the most prominent writers of India, was considered one of the strongest contenders for the award with his epic work ‘Sea of Poppies’. But as always, Booker declaration churned out a surprise win as little-known Aravind Adiga went on to claim the prestigious title – India’s fifth win after Indian-origin writers like VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai brought laurels to the country.
Aravind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger’ is a tale of two Indias. Balram, the protagonist’s journey from darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable.
Speaking at the award function, the 33-year-old former journalist said his book – the story of Balram Halwai, a village boy who becomes an entrepreneur through villainous means – aimed to highlight the needs of India’s poor.