The White Tiger: A Novel with Paradox & Irony




Fugitive, Subaltern, Corruption, Post Colonial, Wild Justice, Paradox, Irony


The White Tiger is an epistolary novel in seven parts with shocking fictional narrative. The protagonist Balram is an anti-hero, cleverly escapes from his crime; his innocence gone with the taste of fugitive life and become a criminal; boosted never to be catch by police. Balram’s journey starts from Laxmangarh to Delhi and to Bangalore. The writer presents a riveting tale of the realistic anti-hero Balram Halwai, who although born in the most humble surrounding, ambitions to rise above his predetermined fate to be born and die in “the darkness” and achieves it through his ruthless planning of the murder of his master Ashok. Balrams’ ascend represents subalterns’ progress in post colonial world; it is a protest that no bigotry any more is tolerable.  He broke ‘the Rooster Coop’ and became The White Tiger. Balram’s acts are the product of age old resentment of marginalised generations; exhibit revenge therapy. This work advocates wild justice.  This novel is well stuffed with paradox and irony.


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DOI: 10.53032/TCL.2021.6.3.11
Published: 2021-08-30

How to Cite

Dr. Ashish Gupta. (2021). The White Tiger: A Novel with Paradox & Irony. The Creative Launcher, 6(3), 54–59.

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