Aravind Adiga was educated in Sydney (including a period at James Ruse Agricultural High School), New York and at Oxford University. According to Sanjukta Dasgupta, Adiga's parents relocated to Australia when he was in middle school and Adiga is an Australian citizen and a dual India-Australia passport holder who 'can be claimed by both Australia and India as a cultural link' ('The Two Way Flow'. p.2). From 2003 to 2005 he was a correspondent for Time magazine in India. His first novel, set in India, is The White Tiger (2008).
Set in the small Karnataka town of Kittur, ...Assassinations attempts a portrait of the town and its inhabitants, across class, caste, religion and occupation. Among them are an illiterate Muslim boy who is dazzled by a handsome Islamic terrorist a Dalit bookseller arrested for selling a pirated copy of The Satanic Verses a journalist confronting the yawning gap between what happened during a communal riot and what his newspaper is willing to print and the widow of a farmer who turns in vain to the local Communist leader for help. 'What emerges,' according to the blurb, 'is the moral biography of an Indian town in the seven-year period between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi-a time of great transformations.' (Publisher's blurb)
The White Tiger2008single work novel 'Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.' (Publisher's blurb)