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Between Assassinations

Between Assassinationsby Aravind Adiga

Although it is well written with well-rounded and intriguing characters, the book as a whole lacks any kind of direction of plot. There is a theme of sorts, basically a collection of snap-shots about life in a large Indian Town. But there is no tangible link between the characters or their stories. I have come across several good books and films where individual story are entwined to paint a single picture, but not in this case.

Aravind is a gifted writer, and despite my comments above, the books is a good read and is certainly ambitious. Throughout the book we are introduced to a wide variety of characters, ranging from a disillusioned journalist to a delivery boy with ambition to be something more. 

Each of the characters finds themselves pitted against the ingrained cast system and how it traps individuals into a predefined life style. Like the previous books, “Between The Assassinations” puts the inequality and corruption systemic in modern India centre stage.

I am glad this was not the first of his books that I read, otherwise I would not have been so tempted to read the others, but it is an intriguing collection of moral tales that I found to be strangely captivating.

The White Tiger

White Tigerby Aravind Adiga

I have recently read “Last Man In Tower” which I found captivating and offered a glimpse into a world previously unknown to me. In “The White Tiger” I found myself drawn into an even more intriguing part of this other world.

This is an extraordinary rags to riches tale that explores the intriguing and often unsavoury world of Indian politics and business. We follow the tale of Balran Halwai as he seeks to fulfil his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

Told in the form of a letter to the Chines Premier, Balram tells his own tale of how the son of a rickshaw-puller from a backwater village on the Ganges works his way up the ladder to run his own business in the booming city of Bangalore. 

Balram is born into a world where his only future is as a beggar or a slave. His life is mapped out for him by his family who take him out of school so he can work alongside his brother in a small tea room. But Balram has other ideas, becoming the driver for one of the local “Landlords”.

He then finds himself driving his new master around the city of Deli where he discovers just how things are done. Seeing his opportunity he does what he has to do to escape.

This is a truly gripping tale from a gifted writer. The insight it offers into the expectations and opportunities offered to the two extremes of Indian society are as intriguing as the plot. 

Last Man in Tower

Last Man in Towerby Aravind Adiga

I picked up a copy of this book after reading a review in my daily newspaper. 

I was captivated almost immediately by the wonderful characters and the interaction between them. The story itself is intriguing and provides a wonderful backdrop against which Aravind paints a touching picture of life in an Indian city.

The tower blocks in which the residents live have been targeted for purchase by a local developer who is determined to build a reputation as one of the big players and will stop at nothing to get his own way.

But not everyone is happy with the plan, and when cash incentives fail, more drastic measures are called for.

This is an excellent book from an imaginative and very promising writer. 

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