Aravind Adiga Biography

Read on to know about the Young Indian Man Booker Awardee Aravind Adiga, his life, works and career.

Aravind Adiga

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 23 October 1974
Nationality: Australian
Sun Sign: Libra
Education: Magdalen College, Columbia University
Awards: Man Booker Prize

Being a person with flawless language and great writing skill, it is no wonder that Aravinda Adiga bagged Britain's most prestigious literary award – The Man Booker Award for his book ‘The White Tiger’. From a proven student to a journalist and then to a famous writer, success always accompanies him with each footsteps. He always kept his eyes and years open to the world around and derived inspiration from the facts he come across in daily life. His award winning book “The White Tiger” was a critical view towards portrait of “an India of light and an India of darkness while his latest novel “Last Man in Tower” describes about the life and soul of one of India’s biggest city Mumbai where he discovers that the city and its people are obsessed with real estate. He derives this from the common man who often discusses about square feet in their conversations in suburban train. It gives a different picture of the city which is always described as the Bollywood city or Mafia city. Read on to learn more about this young talent.

Early Life

Aravind Adiga was born on 23rd day of October, 1974 in Chennai. His parents Dr. K. Madhava Adiga and Usha Adiga hail from Mangalore, Karnataka. His paternal grandfather late K. Suryanarayana Adiga served as the chairman of Karnataka bank. Brought up in Mangalore, he completed his schooling from Canara High School and St. Aloysius High School. He completer SSLC in the 1990 ranking first in the state following his elder brother Anand Adiga who secured 2nd rank in SSLC and also first rank in PUC in the state. Rest of his studies was shifted to Sydney as his family migrated to Australia. Aravind studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School in Australia and then pursued English literature from Columbia College, Columbia University in New York, where famous British historian Simon Schama was his fellow He completed graduation in 1997 and then moved to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was taught by Hermione Lee the current president of Wolfson College, Oxford.


Aravind Adiga started his career as a financial journalist intern at the Financial Times covering stock market and investment, interviewing luminaries like Donald Trump (American business magnate and a television personal). He also wrote literary review, the famous one being the one about “Oscar and Lucinda”, written by the previous Booker Prize winner Peter Carey. He then moved to TIME where he served as South Asia correspondent for three years. He then quit TIMES and opted to work as a freelancer. It was during his freelance period that he wrote the Man Booker Prize winning book –The White Tiger, thus became the fourth Indian-born to achieve this. Thus, he turned into the field of writing and penned many books since then. He donated a part of the Man Booker Award amount to St Aloysius College where he did his schooling, as a token of gratitude. This amount will be utilized to provide scholarships for underprivileged children lodging in Aloysian Boys Home, Kotekar, Ullal. He is now put up in Mumbai, India. Shortly after bagging the Man Booker Prize, he was accused that he sacked the agent to secure his contract with Atlantic Books. His book The White Tiger was a big hit and was popularized by many other Booker Prize winners and his novel was adopted in a film according to an announcement made in April 2009. The Indian hardcover edition of his award winning book “The White Tiger” has sold in excess of 2, 50,000 copies. His second book, namely “Between the Assassinations” that depicts 12 interlinked short stories, was released in November 2008 in India while its release in the US and UK happened in 2009. The book features 12 interlinked short stories.


His contributions to literature include novels and short stories


The White Tiger: A Novel, 2008
Between the Assassinations, 2008
Last Man in Tower Due to be published, 2011

Short Stories

"The Sultan's Battery", 2008 (online text)
"Smack", 2008 (online text)
"Last Christmas in Bandra", 2008 (online text)
"The Elephant” 2009 (online text)

Awards And Accolades

Man Booker Prize, 2008

Time Line

1947: Born in Chennai
1990: Got 1st rank in SSLC examination
1997: Completed graduation
2008: Won Man Booker Prize
2009: His novel turned into a film.

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May 16, 2019

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