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The White Tiger

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Andrew Whitaker

on 3 June 2013

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The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga Balram Halawi: From Darkness to Light Laxmangarh Balram's tale begins in Laxmangarh:
A small rural village with little commodities
Large poorer family living in the Darkness
Only source of prosperity is the Water Buffalo
Balram's father is a man of honor
He believes in his son's future + potential
Earns the name White Tiger from an inspector since his knowledge makes him unique
Taken out of school when parents die, must work in Tea Shop w/ brother New Delhi Bangalore Bangalore No obvious distinction in caste
Capitalist instead of servant
A lot of entrepreneurship
New businesses being set up
Hires Muslim drivers Culture + Caste Dhanbad Balram moves w/ brother to work in shop
Finds and earns job as a driver for a wealthy man, Mr.Ashok
He must send all his wages back to his family
They are proud of his success
Learns much about society + business by eavesdropping Laxmangarh Citizens are tied to their caste, and it is hard to break free.
These people live in the "darkness"
Father wants one of his sons to break this cycle
Ruled by 4 landlords, or "animals" that feed on the village Dhanbad More business, entrepreneurship
Driver for a wealthy businessman
Less class distinction, but landlords are on top
Rooster Coop Metaphor Corrupt politicians, Western-inspired materialism and businesses, and a colorful nightlife help New Delhi to change his ideals. Prostitutes, luxuries, and a more liberal environment give him a desire to be the man on top. Mr. Ashok's wife leaves him and causes Ashok to become somewhat of a recluse and a rebel, and Balram changes his opinion of his master. Balram sets himself up as an entrepreneur.
He has to pay the police bribe money, for kicking another company out of the business and harming civilians.
Balram breaks out of the "rooster coop" of society. New Delhi How the East and West Interact-Globalization Bangalore is filled with new businesses
Shopping malls and Movie theaters
Balram moves to a more western way of thinking
No castes
How he rose on the social ladder
Big technology companies
Western Whiskey-uses a western bottle to escape into
the "light" Honda City
Expectation vs. Reality Effects of Globalization Outsourcing helps the whole Indian economy. The myth is that work in call centers and other outsourced jobs greatly help all of the people in India. vs. vs. vs. vs. Outsourcing Breeds Capitalism UN Surveys have shown that some Indian states have higher poverty levels than the 26 poorest African countries combined.

The introduction of outsourcing into India has transformed the country's economy from a socialist-inspired to capitalist one. Many wealthy individuals buy other's votes and buy themselves into politics. The government of India takes good care of its people People believe that India's previous socialist government has left the country with good welfare programs and a healthy, well-supported population. Much of India's population is struggling to survive. According to World Bank investigations, one in every three malnourished people lives in India.

The amount of underweight children in India doubles that of sub-Saharan Africa.

In the book, Balram's teacher steals the school's welfare money. -Fewer restrictions on education for women
-Because of that women are able to get more prestigious jobs
-Sexual freedom for women has appeared in the last few decades
-Numbers for divorces are also on the rise; they used to be a rare phenomenon in India
-Family still remains the center point of society, but individualism is slowly replacing it.
-Balram's grandmother is a matriarchal figure India is becoming more liberal and falling in line with western traditions Since its freedom from British colonization, India has had a stable government Corruption and clashing ideals threaten the country's peace and prosperity. Differences in class, religion, culture, and ideals have always threatened to divide India through uprisings.

Pakistan broke off to create a Muslim country shortly after India's freedom

Wealthy leaders try to buy their ways into the government, making false promises for the people.

The Great Socialist is based on real leaders of India's past. Much Corruption
Big distinction between rich and poor
Prostitution is alive and well in New Delhi
Stricken with beggars, Rich are cruel to them
Bribery for political gain The Rooster Coop Women are not highly respected in Indian Society In Hindu Traditions:
-Brides family still has to play the Dowry
-Women spend their days in the house cooking and cleaning
-Dating and Pre-Marital love is not accepted
-Unmarried girls are considered a special item in their families Thanks for watching! Any questions? The situation in which all the servants are thrown into in India Balram describes the servants as roosters stuck in cages at the market, waiting to be purchased for a master's use. Balram believes individual action can be used to escape from the wretched coop. Balram managed to escape and start a prosperous new life These "roosters" are eventually used up by the wealthy and replaced Toyota
Qualis Some believe that since India has been prosperous and a large business outlet, the transition from British influence went smoothly. Carter Stripp
Andrew Whitaker INDIA
POP 1,210,193,422
AREA 1,269,219 sq mi
1 Rupee= $0.02
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