Genre: Humorous Fiction
The entire novel is narrated through letters by the main character – Balram Halwai to the Premier of China, who will soon be visiting India.
Balram is an Indian man from an impoverished background, born in the village of Laxmangarh. Early on, he describes his basic story: he transcended his humble beginnings to become a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore, largely through the murder of his employer. Balram also makes clear that because of the murder, it is likely that his own family has been massacred in retribution.
In Laxmangarh, Balram was raised in a large, poor family from the Halwai caste, a caste that indicates sweet-makers. The village is dominated and oppressed by the “Four Animals”, or the four landlords known as the Wild Boar, the Stork, the Buffalo and the Raven because of their behavior, attitude and looks. Balram’s father is a struggling rickshaw driver, and his mother died when he was young. The alpha figure of his family was his pushy grandmother, who wanted him to be successful in life because he was the most brilliant person in the household.
The main part of the story is how from a taxi driver, Balram becomes such a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore (a city in Southern India). The book also speaks about villages in India and life in the olden times. The author of this book- Aravind Adiga is a winner of the Booker Prize and all of his books are also available in the U.S. This is a good book to read, but I think that the narrative pace is a little slow-paced and also it takes a while for the readers to begin to understand what exactly the story is about.