Good that we started our Indian Writing in English section a while ago, and even better that we put Arvind Adiga's book on it... The White Tiger, described as a compelling first novel about the new India that is growing roots all around us, in unexpected and often ominous ways.

It seems that compelling is quite the adjective to describe the book- the judges of the Man Booker prize certainly felt so, and Adiga joins a distinguished galaxy of writers from the subcontinent who have made a mark with their writing...

A regrettable feature of these prizes is the attendant hype. One can only hope that this novel is just the first from a welcome addition to the fraternity.

The White Tiger. 328 pages, Rs 395. ISBN: 9788172237455.