White Tiger by
in full crimson & yellow Harmatan goatskin with onlays of navy blue goatskin
and vellum. Doublures and flyleaves of Khadi Indian handmade paper. All edges
airbrush coloured in magenta acrylic. Gold and blind tooling with areas of
recessed white acrylic.
Bound by Glenn
Protective box of grey buckram with felt linings, lettered in gold to recessed
panel on spine.
Balram Halwai, The White Tiger, is the desperate narrator and anti hero of
this satirical novel set in today's 'new' India. He begins in the rural 'darkness',
a world of landlord and peasant. And when he escapes to the 'light' of the
cities, it is into a world of servants and masters.
When luck and a ruthless eye land him a driving job in New Delhi with one
of the landlords' families, he gradually seizes the (immoral) opportunity
to break away from his lot in life.
My design seeks to represent Balram's gradual emergence from the 'darkness'
to the 'light', with blood on his hands.’