The White Tiger


Aravind Adiga

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Vikram Halwai Character Analysis

Balram’s father is a poor, illiterate rickshaw driver who dies of tuberculosis early in the novel. During his life, he fights to the best of his ability to fulfill his wife’s wish that Balram be given an opportunity to finish his education and move up in the world. Balram traces his struggle for upward mobility to a wish his father once expressed: that although he himself spent his life being treated “like a donkey,” he wants one of his sons to be able to live like a man.

Vikram Halwai Quotes in The White Tiger

The The White Tiger quotes below are all either spoken by Vikram Halwai or refer to Vikram Halwai. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Self-Made Man Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Free Press edition of The White Tiger published in 2008.
Chapter 4: The Fourth Night Quotes

“We were like two separate cities—inside and outside the dark egg. I knew I was in the right city. But my father, if he were alive, would be sitting on that pavement... So I was in some way out of the car too, even while I was driving it.”

Related Characters: Balram Halwai (speaker), Vikram Halwai
Page Number: 116
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 7: The Sixth Night Quotes

“We went from bank to bank, and the weight of the red bag grew. I felt its pressure increase on my lower back—as if I were taking Mr. Ashok and his bag not in a car, but the way my father would take a customer and his bag—in a rickshaw.”

Related Characters: Balram Halwai (speaker), Mr. Ashok, Vikram Halwai
Page Number: 241
Explanation and Analysis:
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Vikram Halwai Character Timeline in The White Tiger

The timeline below shows where the character Vikram Halwai appears in The White Tiger. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The First Night
The Self-Made Man Theme Icon
Social Breakdown, Self-Interest, and Corruption Theme Icon
Morality and Indian Society Theme Icon
Balram’s father Vikram Halwai scrapes together a living as a rickshaw driver. His one ambition is to see his... (full context)