by Mark Pringle

Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga grew up in Mangalore in the south of India and studied English Literature at Columbia University. Forged a career path from financial journalism to novel writing. His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008. Modern India.

“I do think the readership in India is eager for lots of different types of books. It's a function of a society with increased work; people have an increased degree of self-confidence. The readers are not looking to be pandered to; they're not looking for works that flatter them. In fact, they reject such works quite vehemently. They are looking to be challenged. They're looking to be provoked and entertained. If my books seem one-sided to them they won't buy them, and that would be the end of my life as a writer. India has changed so much and is now an aggressive, self-confident, militarily powerful country. Readers are looking for books that will explore India's transformation and rise and not condescend. One of my great sources of confidence is the tolerant and liberal nature of my readership in India here.”

— Aravind Adiga