50. The White Tiger

Jennifer and Kaylia discuss the chilling genius of The White Tiger. We talk about how the patriarchy hurts everyone, whether or not the grandmother was a pariah, the tragedy of corruption, and if this novel turned Netflix movie does more good than harm to the people and reputation of India by being written by an “outsider.” Enjoy!

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The White Tiger is the debut novel by Indian author Aravind Adiga. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year.  In 2021 it was adapted into a drama film directed by Ramin Bahrani. The film stars Adarsh Gourav in his first leading role, along with Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao. The film was produced by Mukul Deora and Ramin Bahrani, and executive produced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Prem Akkaraju and Ava DuVernay


This Pages and Popcorn Podcast episode was produced by Kaylia Metcalfe and featured “Pages and Popcorn Podcast Theme” / M.D. Arms

Book and movie recap runs from 7.51 – 14.32

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Show Notes / Sources

Our Monthly Pop-In Event

Historical context for Britain and India in 1947

India’s Cast System

The Ethiopian Empire was formerly known by the exonym Abyssinia

 Jesus washing feet

Downton Abby

Jane Eyre

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Our episode on Their Eyes Were Watching God

Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering in the USA

Tammany Hall

Orange Cove and the Mayor in the voting booths…

Other Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Tiger_(Adiga_novel)

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/oct/16/booker-prize

https://slate.com/culture/2021/01/white-tiger-book-movie-netflix-differences.html

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/01/the-white-tiger-brings-a-celebrated-novel-to-vivid-life

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/01/29/961620648/what-formerly-poor-indians-think-of-netflixs-the-white-tiger-movie

https://www.dw.com/en/the-white-tiger-social-message-or-worn-out-stereotypes/a-56379847

https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/the-servant-in-the-indian-family/articleshow/15932324.cms

https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/how-the-white-tiger-breaks-down-the-idea-of-a-selfless-servant-a-trope-romanticised-in-indian-pop-culture-9267521.html

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6571548/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

https://images.dawn.com/news/1186449/review-netflixs-the-white-tiger-is-an-engrossing-tale-of-servant-and-master

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Tiger_(2021_film)

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/oct/16/booker-prize?fbclid=IwAR1SjnR23mD66L0TGY7aNt5HEDpjztxYNg1ftBRD_7uhZ52sWlPooiOp2EY

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