London: A little tired and Jet lagged but enjoying every moment in spotlight. On Tuesday night Aravind Adiga became the fourth India born author to win the Booker prize.
Thirty-three-year old Adiga's debut novel, The White Tiger was chosen from a shortlist of six other books. The list also included fellow Indian Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies.
“It is an honour. I just heard people screaming, hugging me. It is just an honour to be on the shortlist, anything more is a bonus,” says the winner of Man Booker Prize 2008 Aravind Adiga.
“It was a tough choice. This was the best selection and not a compromise. This book had maximum support,” says Chair of Judges Man Booker Prize 2008.
Described by the judges as 'angry and compelling', The White Tiger is a story about the son of a rickshaw puller and his struggle to find a better life in the milieu of urban Delhi.
“You have to be in India to see how it changes. The book addresses the divides, the differences and the cultural unison,” says Adiga.
A journalist by profession, Adiga is already working on his second novel. But his immediate worry, he says, is “to find a bank to put all that money in.”
What makes this win even more special is that Adiga pipped big names like Salman Rushdie to win the £50,000 award. But more than that, this will give him international recognition and soaring sales. Critics in London described this year's shortlist as 'star-free' but even then in London it seemed that a star is born.