Don Bosco Egmore, Chennai past pupil 33 year old Aravind Adiga emerged winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2008 for his debut novel “The White Tiger.” In its 40th year, The Man Booker Prize for Fiction promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. Adiga won a cheque for 50,000 pounds ($87, 283) in prize money.
“Adiga’s book is extraordinarily accomplished. The tale of an Indian servant who kills his boss, it’s written with wit and panache and crackles with a kind of joyfully subversive energy. Yet it is also a shocking portrait of Indian corruption and social injustice at a time when the media has tended to focus on sunnier tales of the nation’s economic transformation,” says Time report telling about its former New Delhi correspondent.
Mr. Aravind hails from Mangalore and did a major part of his schooling in Chennai. His extended family still lives in Mangalore. Sydney is where his father, a surgeon, is now settled.
Mr. Aravind’s cousin Ramesh Kumar Mohan Rao says the writer, who was born in Chennai, was very good at academics. “His house was next to ours on Poonamallee High Road, we grew up together and went to the same school, Don Bosco, Egmore. He studied here till 9th standard after which he moved to Mangalore where he completed his schooling.”
After his family moved to Mangalore, he joined the Canara School in 1981-82 for standard XI. He joined St. Aloysius primary school in 1983-84 and completed his SSLC in 1990. He secured the first rank in the State in SSLC.
Mr. Aravind did most part of his education at St. Aloysius group of education institutes, barring the two years of primary education at Canara English Higher Primary School, Dongarakery.