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Aravind Adiga was born in Madras (now Chennai) in 1974 . He grew up in Mangalore and studied at Canara High School, then at St. Aloysius High School. After emigrating to Sydney, Australia, with his family, he studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School.

He studied English literature at Columbia College, Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Simon Schama and graduated as salutatorian in 1997. He also studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee.

Aravind Adiga was born in Madras (now Chennai) in 1974 . He grew up in Mangalore and studied at Canara High School, then at St. Aloysius High School. After emigrating to Sydney, Australia, with his family, he studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He studied English literature at Columbia College, Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Simon Schama and graduated as salutatorian in 1997. He also studiedadiga_aravind at Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee.

Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, interning at the Financial Times. With pieces published in the Financial Times, Money and the Wall Street Journal, he covered the stock market and investment, interviewing, among others, Donald Trump. His review of previous Booker Prize winner Peter Carey's book, Oscar and Lucinda, appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review. He was subsequently hired by TIME, where he remained a South Asia correspondent for three years before going freelance. During his freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. He currently lives in Mumbai, India

Aravind Adiga's debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Booker Prize. He is the fourth Indian-born author to win the prize, after Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai (V. S. Naipaul is of Indian ancestry, but is not India-born). The novel studies the contrast between India's rise as a modern global economy and the lead character, Balram, who comes from crushing rural poverty.

At a time when India is going through great changes and, with China, is likely to inherit the world from the West, it is important that writers like me try to highlight the brutal injustices of society (Indian). That's what I'm trying to do -- it's not an attack on the country, it's about the greater process of self-examination.

Adiga's second book, Between the Assassinations, was released in India on November 1. The rights have not yet been sold outside of India. The book features 12 short stories. (updated Jan 27th, 2009)

Read AA's Short Story "The Elephant" [The New Yorker]

BBC Open Book Interviews AA [Download Mp3]

Read AA's Short Story "Last Christmas in Bandra" [The Times]

AA Guests on Mumbai Attacks Radio Discussion [NPR] (Audio)

AA Reacts to Mumbai Attacks [BBC] (Transcript)

AA Takes Independent Reader Questions

AA Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize: The Bookseller

Read AA's Short Story "The Sultan's Battery" [The Guardian]

Interview with AA [The Times (Johannesburg)]

Interview with AA [The Times (London)]

Bibliography

2007 The White Tiger,

2009 Between the Assassinations

Prizes and awards

2008 Man Booker Prize, The White Tiger

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