The White Tiger


Aravind Adiga

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The driver of another wealthy businessman who lives in Ashok’s apartment complex. He has Vitiligo, a skin disease that results in the loss of skin pigmentation. Vitiligo-Lips takes a liking to Balram and attempts to help him adjust to Delhi. At first, his mentorship takes the form of supplying Balram with murder magazines and answering Balram’s questions about city life. Later in the novel, Vitiligo-Lips helps Balram procure a prostitute and begin to cheat Mr. Ashok out of his money.

Vitiligo-Lips Quotes in The White Tiger

The The White Tiger quotes below are all either spoken by Vitiligo-Lips or refer to Vitiligo-Lips. 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:
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). 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 5: The Fifth Night Quotes

“The Rooster Coop was doing its work. Servants have to keep other servants from becoming innovators, experimenters, or entrepreneurs. Yes, that’s the sad truth, Mr. Premier. The coop is guarded from the inside.”

Related Characters: Balram Halwai (speaker), Wen Jiabao, Vitiligo-Lips
Related Symbols: The Rooster Coop
Page Number: 166
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Vitiligo-Lips Character Timeline in The White Tiger

The timeline below shows where the character Vitiligo-Lips appears in The White Tiger. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4: The Fourth Night
Social Breakdown, Self-Interest, and Corruption Theme Icon
...waits outside the mall with the other drivers, one of whom he refers to as Vitiligo Lips . (Vitiligo is a skin disease that results in loss of skin color; treatment can... (full context)
Social Breakdown, Self-Interest, and Corruption Theme Icon
Morality and Indian Society Theme Icon
A few days after his exchange with Vitiligo Lips , Balram takes Ashok and Mukesh Sir to deliver bribes to ministers. He drives them... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Sixth Night
Social Breakdown, Self-Interest, and Corruption Theme Icon
Soon after Ashok’s evening with the minister’s assistant, Balram asks Vitiligo Lips to find him a golden haired prostitute. He also asks the older driver for advice... (full context)
Social Breakdown, Self-Interest, and Corruption Theme Icon
...the money he stole from Ashok, Balram hires a golden-haired prostitute with the help of Vitiligo Lips . To his disappointment, she is not nearly as attractive as Ashok’s Ukrainian girl. He... (full context)