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Saalik Lokhandwala White Tiger EssayCultural RevolutionsThe True Portrayal of IndiaAs the world becomes smaller and smaller, brought together by the revolutionary communication technology of the 21st Century, people are exposed to information about places in the world that they have never been to or heard of. India's numerous rivers, towering mountains, barren deserts and its unique people are seen as a world away from the countries in the west and the Far East. Yet exposure to India has undoubtedly increased through movies, magazines and books. These ways of communicating culture are largely accurate, yet their main purpose is to inform people of India in an entertaining way. Often, for something to be entertaining, it must be dramatized and exaggerated, which often leaves parts of the culture unexplained, which ends up skewing the perspective of the viewer. This rings true in the media that describes India. In the novel The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga the life of a driver is exaggerated, just as how in the movie Slumdog Millionaire, the life of boy in the slums and in the popular movies of Bollywood, the environment and lives of everyday Indians are exaggerated.In The White Tiger, the author writes to explain how the life of a driver and other servants used by the upper class in India are treated, and how their lives are. However accurate the novel is, it certainly contains elements of exaggeration of certain situations in the story. The novel does not lie when it speaks of the number of upper class citizens who have house-help. Many Indians have maids, cooks and drivers. However, the treatment of the drivers and other help varies from household to household. When Balram, the driver in the novel, speaks to other drivers, it seems as though all of the drivers are unhappy with their lives and that none of their masters treat them well. Yet, there are employers, "masters" as they are called the novel, which are kind to drivers and their families. Scholarships for their employees' children, as well as emergency medical care for the employees are generally paid for by the employers. Since there is a lack of government intervention for emergency situation, often house help falls back on their employers in times of need. By the same token, not all families would make their drivers take the blame for something that they did wrong. "The jails of Delhi are full of drivers who are there behind bars because they are taking the blame for their good, solid middle-class masters." (Adiga, 145) The quote shows how the language used tries to paint the situation in one stroke. The statement is very likely to be true, but that is not always the case as it infers. The White Tiger is correct about the metaphor concerning the Rooster Coop, but for a employee to break out of the Rooster Coop and "become a man" as Balram did, killing the employer is unnecessary. Of course, that detail is what made The White Tiger such a gripping story, but in reality, drivers can...

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