The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the Man Booker Prize for the same year. The novel studies the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and the main character, who comes from crushing rural poverty. Other themes touched on include the tensions between India and China as Asian superpowers, religious tensions between Hindu and Muslim, familial loyalty versus independence, the experience of returning to India after living in America, and corruption endemic to Indian society and politics.
The novel takes the form of a series of letters written late at night by Balram Halwai to Wen Jiabao, the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, on the eve of his visit to India. In the letters, Balram describes his rise from lowly origins to his current position as an entrepreneur in Bangalore, as well as his views on India's caste system and its political corruption