Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The White Tiger

As my friend was going gaga over Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger, am rushing through the pages. Better late than never. As usual, sharing three paras I liked so far:
“Only three have never let themselves be ruled by foreigners: China, Afghanistan and Abyssinia. These are the only three nations I admire.”
(Another friend argued that China was indeed at times ruled by foreigners. But as I am not an intellectual, I am not in this argument game)
“And only two destinies: Eat or get eaten up.”
“You were looking for the key for years/But the door was always open.”


  1. Ramesh Bhai, this one is truly awesome - “You were looking for the key for years/But the door was always open.”

    It is a remarkable achievement indeed to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
    That too with his debut novel, hats off to Aravind Adiga.

    Well, i still couldn't manage to lay my hands on a copy of "The White Tiger", but one of my friends who read it said that the characters in the novel are 'pakka filmy style', is it so?

  2. what a coincidence...i happen to be reading this very book right now ......

  3. Argue with your friend -

    When someone else can do a better job of ruling you, let them. Afghanistan has had a tough history, evading attacks after attacks. Today the country once known to be beautiful is in ruins and a haven for terrorists.

    China could do with their own rule.

    Don't know much of Ethiopian history. So.. :)

  4. Hello Ramesh. Thank you so much for sharing this. Every day I am grateful to have met you. I would love to read this book and I'm hoping that my public library has a copy. Peace to you, dear friend.

  5. there are many such beautiful lines in the's truly a masterpiece

  6. Mr. Ramesh again a very well written and was godd reading this.

    BTW China was under influence of 6 bation, 4 (Germany. USA, Russia and GB)of whom ruled it diffrent points of time , after open door policy of USA in 1898 it was evident that 6 nations wre sharing the powere in China.

    As a specific policy with regard 2 China, it was 1st advanced by the United States in the Open Door Notes of 1899. In 1898, the United States hd become an East Asian power through the acquisition of the Philippine Islands, and when the partition of China by the European powers and Japan seemed imminent, the United States felt its commercial interests in China threatened. U.S. Secretary of State John Hay sent notes to the major powers (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, and Russia), asking them to declare formally that they would uphold Chinese territorial and administrative integrity and would not interfere with the free use of the treaty ports within their spheres of influence in China

    The Second Sino-Japanese War (1937- 1945) was the largest Asian war in the twentieth century From 1937 to 1941, it was fought between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (a movie was made on it called ‘Pearl Harbor’..if u havent seen must see),

  7. i have read The white Tiger but cudnt find why it was so praised and it was an award wnning novel

    anyway have anice time

  8. It's good that you read the books and we derive the benefit.

  9. Interesting quotes. I picked up the book once and could not get into it. If you finish it and like it let me know and I will have another go :-)

  10. t read that book as yet, once u r done wid it lemme knw hw it was

    have a nice time

  11. hey i linked u to the last post !

  12. “You were looking for the key for years/But the door was always open.”
    fantastic lines....most of the people in the world(including me) is searching the keys continuously for the doors which is already opened, mean while unfortunately or fortunately they misses the keys for the doors that was already closed..

  13. very truly said!!!!!

  14. Novel ? I dont read novels. So no comment :)

  15. What about Thailand?