Making his motherland and fellow Indians proud, debutante Indian novelist Aravind Adiga won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2008, for his novel The White Tiger. 33 years old Adiga won the 50,000 pound ($47,000) prize by beating other prominent authors in the fray, who included established Indian author Amitav Ghosh.
Adiga is the fifth person in the list of Indian/Indian origin writers awarded with this coveted prize, with the first four being V S Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai. He has also become the second youngest Booker winner and only the third debut novelist to take the award.
The White Tiger – which is the ninth winning novel to take its inspiration from India or Indian identity – explores the darker side of India's rise to prosperity through its narrator, the son of a rickshaw puller who escapes crushing poverty.
CONGRATULATIONS, ADIGA! The nation is proud of you.