23 October: Aravind Adiga an Indian author

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Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga (23 October 1974) is an Indian writer and journalist. His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

Early Life

Aravind Adiga was born on 23 October 1974, in Tamil Nadu, India. Adiga grew up in Mangalore, and he went to Canara High School and St. Aloysius College, where he got his SSLC in 1990.

He attended James Ruse Agricultural High School after emigrating to Sydney with his family. Later, he studied English literature at Columbia College, in New York City, under Simon Schama, and graduated as salutatorian. He also studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee.



As an intern at the Financial Times, Aravind Adiga started his career as a journalist. He covered the stock market and investments for the Financial Times and Money. He interviewed US President Donald Trump as a Times correspondent. He reviewed a book by previous Booker Prize winner Peter Carey called Oscar and Lucinda, which appeared in the Second Circle.

Later, Adiga was hired by Time to be a South Asia correspondent for three years. During this time, he wrote his first book The White Tiger.


He won the 2008 Booker Prize for The White Tiger, which was adapted into a Netflix original movie. He’s the fourth Indian-born author to win the award, after Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, and Kiran Desai.

He released his second book, Between the Assassinations, in November 2008. He published his third book, Last Man in Tower, in 2011. Between the Assassinations is a collection of short stories set between Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’s assassinations. Last Man in Tower tells the story of a retired teacher, Masterji, who won’t sell his Mumbai apartment to a builder.

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