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How fiction could help us understand people from other cultures: A review of the novel The White Tiger

How fiction could help us understand people from other cultures: A review of the novel The White Tiger
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This week, our team member Deliana read a novel by Balram Hawai called The White Tiger. The story is about a poor Indian boy who turned himself into a successful businessman through ambition and intelligence. However, the villager’s journey to money and success was full of immoral acts and dilemmas. The book is bitterly contemporary and is an attempt to provide insights into the life of India. Deliana was really impressed and dropped us an email to recommend the reading and to share her enthusiasm:

‘Harsh & entertaining, smart, but still a page-turner. This one is deeply educational. I liked the author's neutral perspectives; questions are posed, and answers are not given. What's belonging; what's murder; what's the value of a human's life... What is merit, and what is sin. Sarcasm sours the pages, explaining the life of India when the quasi-spiritual layer is removed’

As we are a multi-cultural team, we try to understand the socio-cultural background of our collaborators in order to communicate better, and we found this Man Booker Prize winner really helpful. Consider this a case study in how to use literature for an improved understanding of another culture, which is particularly important in international companies.




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