A fast paced read told over the course of seven days in email form by the narrator Balram/Ashok Sharma/White Tiger to Premier Jiabao in China.
It's a savage story of an Indian servant who grows up in the 'darkness,' becomes a driver, and through a series of intentional events, breaks out of the coop to become his own boss in Bangalore, which is considered 'light.'
The story itself was told at a very unique angle, which was what kept me reading all the way to the end, as I enjoyed Balram's unique insights into the ever changing India, as well as, his unique philosophies on life itself. I have never been to India (yet) so I'm not sure how much 'fictional liberties' were taken by the author, but it did make for an interesting story.
However, with that said my biggest pet peeve was with Balram as well, since I never really connected with him on a personal level. I did not love him, nor did I hate him, and when I don't feel one way or the other towards the narrator, it just feels blank, empty, unsure. I'm thinking this was done on purpose by the author, to show how the duality of nature is in each and every human on Earth, but I really like feeling one way or another about the narrator as well, since it is a huge part of the story.
All in all, I'm glad I finally got around to reading this one and I will read the sequel eventually, just to see what happens next. I thought I was going to like this one more than I actually did, but that is OK.