The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Posted: June 26, 2010 in Book Notes
  • Great poets – Rumi, Muhammad Iqbal, Mirza Ghalib
  • Fully formed fellows, after twelve years of school and three years of university, wear nice suits, join companies, and take orders from other men for the rest of their lives. Entrepreneurs are made from half-baked clay.
  • We are like sponges – we absorb and grow.
  • …where my genuine concern for him ended and where my self-interest began, I could not tell: no servant can ever tell what the motives of his heart are.
  • …The roosters in the coop smell the blood from above. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them. They know they are next. Yet they do not rebel. They do not try to get our of the coop.
    • The very same thing is done with human beings in this country.
  • The Rooster Coop was doing its work. Servants have to keep other servants from becoming innovators, experimenters, or entrepreneurs.
  • 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 moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. – Muhammad Iqbal
  • But I complain about the police the way the rich complain; not the way the poor complain. The difference is everything.
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