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
Rocket Boys is a true story about Homer, (the author) who is from a small mining town in Coalwood, West Virginia in the 1950's and was the second son of a coal mine's manager. Homer goes by 'Sonny', and when he was only 14 years old he saw Sputnik go across the Appalachian sky. After seeing this Sonny wanted nothing more than to join the space race and did so with the help of many people in the town he lived in. Sonny had formed a rocket club and sets up the Big Creek Missile Agency, which also goes by (BCMA).Even after people have told him, 'Listen, rocket boy. This stuff can blow you to kingdom come', he still was determined and interested. Sonny and his club experiment with nozzles, fins and fuel. It's obvious from the start that Sonny is also trying to win his fathers respect. His father is one of the only people in the town to not understand that Coalwood was slowly dying. Hickam is candid about the deep disagreements and tensions in his parents’ marriage. The main theme of this novel is the pursuit of a dream