I am intrigued by The White Tiger’s Pinky Madam. Perhaps, because I still can’t seem to understand her. In my opinion she exemplifies the complexity of the novel; specifically in the follow line: “(Who would have thought, Mr. Jiabao, that of this whole family, the lady with the short skirt would be the one with a conscience)” (Adiga 153). This sentence baffles me for a multitude of reasons. First is its form. Although it is important in describing Pinky Madam as well as to the themes of the overall novel, it is written in parenthesis (I can’t help but think about Roy and The God of Small Things every time I read that paragraph), thus suggesting that it an after-thought or a piece of information that the narrator does not consider to be overly important. Secondly, is the relationship between the woman’s short skirt and her conscience. This introduces the reader to the issues that surround the character of Pinky Madam. Balram has trouble respecting her because of her indecent attire, but is impressed by her moral compass, which is something so many of the other characters lack. Pinky Madam, as she is described by Balram is a collection of opposing characteristics. The biggest problem that I have with Pinky Madam is when she decides to listen to her conscience. She immediately divorces Ashok and leaves India after the hit and run. However, this is not the first time that her family participates in something immoral. She is married to a man who is involved in a corrupting business and politics. I have a hard time believing that Pinky Madam, an educated woman, would be completely ignorant of her husband’s wrong doings. Thus it irks me that she allows her husband to exploit Indians for months before showing us her conscience. It seems to me that she does not actually care for the people, but rather only considers her own image of herself. It makes sense then that she flees India not because she killed someone, but because she is a murderer. I spent the majority of the novel trying to like Pinky Madam – I was looking for at least one likeable character! Ultimately, I cannot like her. In fact, I find her to be one of the most the most frustrating and disagreeable characters in The White Tiger.