The White Tiger

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Balram’s personal hero from his hometown of Laxmangahr. Balram admires Vijay for his ambition and entrepreneurial spirit: in particular, for his ability to swiftly and completely reinvent his identity in order to rise up in the world. Vijay was born a pig farmer’s son, but through hard work (or, as Balram suggests is more likely, corrupt dealings with politicians) becomes a bus driver, then a political activist, and finally a prominent official in the Great Socialist’s party.
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Vijay Character Timeline in The White Tiger

The timeline below shows where the character Vijay appears in The White Tiger. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The First Night
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...man.” Balram’s only understanding of what this might mean is based on his awe for Vijay the Bus Driver, who began as a pig farmer’s son but somehow works his way... (full context)
Chapter 3: The Fourth Morning
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...terms of their political agreement, and start their own oppositional party against the Great Socialist. Vijay, who has transformed himself from a bus driver into a political activist, outspokenly supports the... (full context)
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...where the Great Socialists had already “tallied” the votes (all in favor of their party), Vijay and a policeman beat him with sticks and then, with their feet, “stamp him into... (full context)
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...Balram returns to describing the present elections. A few days after the trip to Laxmangahr, Vijay and the Great Socialist each separately visit the Stork’s family in Dhanbad. The Great Socialist... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sixth Night
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...shocked to discover that one of the men he is driving is his childhood hero Vijay, who has “changed uniforms again” for the suit and tie of an Indian businessman. (full context)
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Over glasses of Johnny Walker Black whiskey, Vijay and his companion discuss how they will be sure to get the correct amount of... (full context)