White Tiger

While reading this novel, and more so while going over the text during class, I have realized the similarities between the experiences of the 99.9% of the Indian population and the 99% of the U.S. population.  Although the issues of those 99% are not quite as oppressive as it is for those in the nation of India.  I can see much of their ignorance within our own society.


Although not quite as drastic, the Murder Weekly (Adiga 104) does a similar job to that of a tabloid in the United States, in current times.  Both types of magazines keep society at bay with gossip and redundant information.  In White Tiger the 99.9% of the Indian population finds themselves intrigues with the stories of others murdering.  “[A] billion servants are secretly fantasizing about strangling their bosses–and that’s why the government of India publishes this magazine and sells it on the streets for just for and a half rupees so that even the poor can buy it (Adiga 104).”  Where as American society being infatuated with murdering their employers which they read about, they instead are mesmerized with becoming the rich celebrities they see in the media.  We are all trapped within the Rooster Coop.

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One thought on “White Tiger

  1. I agree but I also believe their caste system has something to do with it. Indians, as shown in Adiga’s novel are intricately linked to their caste belief. The 99% protests occurring in the U.S have nothing to do with tradition, simply political belief. The repression experienced by the narrator in the book stem from thousands of years of religious and feudal repression.

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