I found this 2008 article on “The White Tiger” and it caught me by surprise. Yes, the novel brings to light a different aspect of India… But, a novel simply about the India that “shines” wouldn’t push boundaries, grab the attention of readers and speak of unpopular or touchy subjects. I don’t think anyone (ok, not anyone in our class) is reading this novel and thinking that absolutely every rich Indian is treating his or her servants the way the novel depicts. In fact, this is the complete opposite mentality one should have while reading the novel. I think it’s counterproductive to get fired up over a negative depiction of one’s own society… but, nonetheless, for the author I’d see the criticism as a compliment. If you’re not pushing anyone’s buttons, then what are you accomplishing with your writing, anyway?