Aravind Adiga Biography

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"Aravind Adiga" (?????? ???? Kannada) (born 1974) is an Indian journalist and author. His debut novel, "The White Tiger" won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.


Early life and education

Aravind Adiga was born in Chennai in 1974 to Kannadiga parents hailing from Mangalore, Karnataka. He grew up in Mangalore, Karnataka and studied at Canara High School, then at St. Aloysius' College, where he completed his SSLC in 1990. After emigrating to Sydney, Australia with his family, he studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He studied English literature at Columbia University, New York and Magdalen College, Oxford.


Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, with pieces published in "Financial Times", "Money" and the "Wall Street Journal".

His review of previous Booker Winner Peter Carey's book, "Oscar and Lucinda", appeared in "The Second Circle", an online literary review.

He was subsequently hired by "TIME", where he remained a correspondent for three years before going freelance. During his freelance period, he wrote "The White Tiger". He is now based in Mumbai.


Aravind Adiga's debut novel, 'The White Tiger' won the 2008 Booker Prize after competing with five other novels including 'Sea of Poppies' by 'Amitav Ghosh'. He is the fourth Indian-born author to win the prize, after Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai (V. S. Naipaul is of Indian ancestry, but not India-born). Adiga is likely the first former "TIME" correspondent to win the Man Booker Prize.


"The White Tiger: A Novel" (Free Press, 2008)

External Links

(Official Website)

(Aravind Adiga UK Website - in English - Man Booker Prize Winner 2008)

(TIME Magazine - Search Results for Aravind Adiga)

(Articles by Aravind Adiga) for "The Second Circle, A Review of Contemporary Literature"

(Interview with Aravind Adiga) "Untitled Books", April 2008

(Review of The White Tiger) by The Telegraph

(Novel About India Wins the Man Booker Prize, The New York Times, October 14, 2008)


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