Mar 27, 2021

23 Quotes from The White Tiger book by Aravind Adiga

Namaste friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation - and a startling, provocative debut.

Quotes

The future of the world lies with the yellow man and the brown man now that our erstwhile master, the white-skinned man, has wasted himself through buggery, cell phone usage, and drug abuse. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

I am a self-taught entrepreneur. That’s the best kind there is, trust me. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

My country is the kind where it pays to play it both ways: the Indian entrepreneur has to be straight and crooked, mocking and believing, sly and sincere, at the same time. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

Me, and thousands of others in this country like me, are half-baked, because we were never allowed to complete our schooling. Open our skulls, look in with a penlight, and you’ll find an odd museum of ideas. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

Indians just take to technology like ducks to water. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

One fact about India is that you can take almost anything you hear about the country from the prime minister and turn it upside down and then you will have the truth about that thing. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

A rich man’s body is like a premium cotton pillow, white and soft and blank. Ours are different. My father’s spine was a knotted rope, the kind that women use in villages to pull water from wells; the clavicle curved around his neck in high relief, like a dog’s collar; cuts and nicks and scars, like little whip marks in his flesh, ran down his chest and waist, reaching down below his hip bones into his buttocks. The story of a poor man’s life is written on his body, in a sharp pen. - The White Tiger, Chapter 1

Murder a man, and you feel responsible for his life - possessive, even. You know more about him than his father and mother; they knew his fetus, but you know his corpse. Only you can complete the story of his life; only you know why his body has to be pushed into the fire before its time, and why his toes curl up and fight for another hour on earth. - The White Tiger, Chapter 2

That’s the one good thing I’ll say for myself. I’ve always been a big believer in education - especially my own. - The White Tiger, Chapter 2

The road is a jungle, get it? A good driver must roar to get ahead on it. - The White Tiger, Chapter 2

I absorbed everything - that’s the amazing thing about entrepreneurs. We are like sponges - we absorb and grow. - The White Tiger, Chapter 2

These are the three main diseases of this country, sir: typhoid, cholera, and election fever. This last one is the worst; it makes people talk and talk about things that they have no say in. - The White Tiger, Chapter 4

The main thing to know about Delhi is that the roads are good, and the people are bad. The police are totally rotten. - The White Tiger, Chapter 4

You’ll be told we Indians invented everything from the Internet to hard-boiled eggs to spaceships before the British stole it all from us. Nonsense. The greatest thing to come out of this country in the ten thousand years of its history is the Rooster Coop. - The White Tiger, Chapter 5

No servant can ever tell what the motives of his heart are. Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love - or do we love them behind a facade of loathing? - The White Tiger, Chapter 5

Standing around books, even books in a foreign language, you feel a kind of electricity buzzing up toward you. It just happens, the way you get erect around girls wearing tight jeans. - The White Tiger, Chapter 6

The dreams of the rich, and the dreams of the poor - they never overlap, do they? See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of? Losing weight and looking like the poor. - The White Tiger, Chapter 7

Urdu, the language of the Muslims - which is all just scratches and dots, as if some crow dipped its feet in black ink and pressed them to the page. - The White Tiger, Chapter 7

The history of the world is the history of a ten-thousand-year war of brains between the rich and the poor. Each side is eternally trying to hoodwink the other side: and it has been this way since the start of time. - The White Tiger, Chapter 7

Let animals live like animals; let humans live like humans. That’s my whole philosophy in a sentence. - The White Tiger, Chapter 7

A White Tiger keeps no friends. It’s too dangerous. - The White Tiger, Chapter 8

White people use cell phones too much, and that is destroying their brains. It’s a known fact. Cell phones cause cancer in the brain and shrink your masculinity; the Japanese invented them to diminish the white man’s brain and balls at the same time. - The White Tiger, Chapter 8

You ask, “Are you a man or a demon?” Neither, I say. I have woken up, and the rest of you are still sleeping, and that is the only difference between us. - The White Tiger, Chapter 8