White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Who has read “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga? Must thank @abheekthakur for lending me this. When I was younger, I found it difficult to read Indian authors. I found them strangely offensive to the senses and unable to relate to any of the characters or the plot. Between the ages of 16 and 25 I have read a lot of Indian authors including Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, R.K. Narayan, Jhumpa Lahiri (though she can largely be categorised as American) and now Aravind Adiga – and now hold a silent appreciation for Indian writers. There is a sentimental quality to their work which I find missing in almost all other authors (barring a few Middle-Eastern and Italian writers). What I find to be the classical distinction between Asian writers and Western writers is that the former focus heavily on the background of the central object/subject taking in “context” – it is a play on scenarios, a world painted in variations of greys. On the other hand, I find western authors – like the western philosophical epicentre – to be focused on the individual, a detail objective or subjective narrative built around the central plot/character – where the world is seen in black and white. I think this is very telling of how the Asian and Western people view the world, solve problems and co-exist. My recommendation is that if your reading background has had only a singular geographical/philosophical source, you must branch out because doing so can really help you differentiate between different mindsets, cultures and philosophical structures scattered generously around the globe.

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