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Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger : From Zoo to Jungle Lecture 3 Presentation. E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org Office - SH3011. How to access these presentations. Access the English 1 Blog via the following web-link http ://witsenglishi.wordpress.com. The White Tiger and Corruption .
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From Religion to Politics – what/who is really being ‘attacked’?
The Mongoose squinted at the statue.
‘What about it? I’ve seen it before.’
‘We’re driving past Gandhi, after just having given a bribe to a minister. It’s a fucking joke, isn’t it’ ...
‘Things are complicated in India, Ashok. It’s not like in America. Please reserve your judgement.’
I wonder if the Buddha walked through Laxmangarh – some people say he did. My own feeling is that he ran through it – as fast as he could – and got to the other side – and never looked back!
Electricity poles – defunct.
Water tap – broken.
Children – too lean and short for their age, and with over-sized heads from which vivid eyes shine, like the guilty conscience of the government of India.
To break the law of his land – to turn bad news into good news – is the entrepreneur’s prerogative.”
I did my job with near total dishonesty, lack of dedication, and insincerity – and so the tea shop was a profoundly enriching experience.
So: I’m closing my eyes, folding my hands in a reverent namaste, and praying to the gods to shine light on my dark story.
‘Sweet-makers,’ the old driver said, shaking his head. ‘That’s what you people do. You make sweets. How can you learn to drive? … That’s like getting coals to make ice for you. Mastering a car’ – he moved the stick of an invisible gearbox – ‘it’s like taming a wild stallion – only a boy from the warrior castes can manage that. You need to have aggression in your blood. Muslims, Rajputs, Sikhs – they’re fighters, they can become drivers. You think sweet-makers can last long in fourth gear?’
Coal was taught to make ice, starting the next morning at six.
- To what extent does The White Tiger ‘defamiliarize’ (make strange) debates around caste?
That’s my caste – my destiny … But if we were Halwais, then why was my father not making sweets but pulling a rickshaw? Why did I grow up breaking coals and wiping tables, instead of eating galubjamunsand sweet pastries when and where I chose to? Why was I lean and dark and cunning, and not fat and creamy-skinned and smiling, like a boy raised on sweets would be?
From Zoo to Jungle
I thought about it and said:
‘The white tiger.’
‘That’s what you are, in this jungle’ …
So that’s how I became the White Tiger. There will be a fourth and a fifth name too, but that’s late in the story.
Tragedy of Balram’s fate? Taken out of his hands?
And only two destinies: eat – or get eaten up.
If it is enlightenment you have come to India for, you people, forget the Ganga – forget the ashrams – go straight to the National Zoo in the heart of New Delhi.
Representations of Space in The White Tiger
Representations of the Body in The White Tiger
Ecological/environmental concerns in The White Tiger
How and why do the above work in relation to one another?