The White Tiger: Challenges of Urbanization Essay
In Kevin Rushby’s opinion the novel The White Tiger is a witty parable of India’s changing society, the scales have fallen from the eyes of some Indian writers, many either living abroad or educated there like Adiga. While reviewing the novel for The Guardian he states: “The home country is invariably presented as a place of brutal injustice and sordid corruption, one in which the poor are always disposed and victimised by their age old enemies, the rich. Characters at the colourful extremities of society are Dickensian grotesques – Phiz sketches, adrift in a country that is lurching rapidly towards bland middle – class normality. This seems to be fundamentally an outsiders view and a superficial one.”
The novel gives relentless detailed description of various evil aspects of Indian life. It is a social commentary on the divide between the rich and the poor. Balram Halwai represents the exploited and the downtrodden section of the society juxtaposed against the rich (Saxena 9). Characters seem caricatures and symbols. At times even an Indian reader finds it difficult to identify with it.