Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

This story is about Balram Halwai. He works in a local tea shop. Next, he lands up as a driver to Mr Ashok who is the son of a landlord. This is his road to success. He kills Mr Ashok and takes his money. With this, he starts a taxi business.

He is called white tiger since a person like that appears once in a generation. He is not only a businessman but also a criminal. Also, he says his family life is in "darkness". The reason being that landlords have a hold over the life of people. Children don't go to school to serve the landlords.
On the other hand  there are Bollywood stars. Urban Indian don't like to see the other  world. In fact, according to  Aravind Adiga killing of Mr Ashok is correct since it is class warfare.

This book won a Man Booker Prize. Selection Day and Last man in the tower are other books by Adiga.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald Scott

This novel is set in the jazz age. The book is about Nick who works as a broker. He has a cousin Daisy who is not happy with her marriage to Tom. Nick neighbour is Jay Gatsby.

Nick is invited to one of Gatsby party which he throws often. But Gatsby hardly appears at these parties. Being Neighbours  Gatsby and Nick get to know each other. Gatsby believes that money can buy everything, even love.
It is believed this novel is similar to Romeo and Juliet. Juliet wants to extend her present, as her future prospects with Romeo are bleak and Gatsby wants to create a beautiful future by restoring the past. Fitzgerald writing is Poetic.

The book talks about human nature and love. One of the characters has a mistress. Many find it depressing because who dream do not achieve their aspirations. This is Fitzgerald 3rd novel. It talks about the American dream, He also talks about careless people. Tom and Daisy do not care about their daughter.

Overall this makes a good read.