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Early life and education Pradeep gates was born in Pondicherry (now Puducherry) in 1991 to T.Muralidaran and Punithavathi. He grew up in Puducherry and studied at Petit Seminaire Higher secondary School, where he completed his higher secondary in 2008. After emigrating to Chenani, Tamil nadu, India, he studied at Velammal Engineering college. He studied English literature at Columbia College, Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Simon Schama and graduated as salutatorian in 1997.[6] He also studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where one of his tutors was Hermione Lee.

[edit] Career 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.[7] He was subsequently hired by TIME, where he remained a South Asia correspondent for three years before going freelance.[8] During his freelance period, he wrote The White Tiger. He currently lives in Mumbai, India[9].

[edit] Booker Prize 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 five other authors on the shortlist included one other Indian writer (Amitav Ghosh) and another first-time writer (Steve Toltz).[10] 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.[11]

“ 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 is not an attack on the country, it's about the greater process of self-examination. „

He explained that the criticism by writers like Flaubert, Balzac and Dickens of the 19th century helped England and France become better societies.[12] Shortly after winning the prize it was claimed that Adiga had sacked the agent who helped him to victory-- and to reach a deal with Atlantic Books at the 2007 London Book Fair.[13]