The atmosphere at Tender Leaves is fraught with tension. We’re split in two factions. And for once we can’t seem to come to an amicable consensus.
The reason for that is Aravind Adiga. Author of the Booker Prize winning The White Tiger, he is back with his next book – Last Man in Tower. And that’s what got the debate going.
The Booker Prize for The White Tiger took half of us by surprise. There were those who read the book and dismissed it as vague, insincere and completely uninspiring. Its claim to fame being that it was a book by an Indian writer garnering the sympathy of the world, compelling it to look at India as a Third World developing nation.
Coming on the heels of the multiple-Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, it seemed like India was the flavour of the month and anything that exposed its sordidness deserved a prize. It left us smarting.
(We henceforth doubt the credibility of award shows)
But then there were those who believe The White Tiger showcased reality. The real India. Unlike the image of the IT destination of the world; the technology-embracing nation and its people; the land of natural beauty and warm hosts that leaders were / are pushing for.
The White Tiger speaks about the great divide between the haves and the have-nots, and the rawness of human nature.
Who is correct? Neither side wants to back down.
Perhaps you could help us settle the debate. Quickly. Before the guns are drawn and there’s bloodshed.