Aravind Adiga was born in Madras (now Chennai), India, and grew up in Mangalore, in south India. When Adiga was 15, his family moved to Australia, where he completed high school. He earned a BA at Columbia University in New York and an MPhil at Magdalen College, Oxford, studying English and French literature. Although he initially planned to become an academic, he changed course and became a journalist instead, writing about finance for publications such as the "New Yorker," "Financial Times," "Times of India" and "Time" magazine. "White Tiger," Adiga’s debut novel, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2008. He is also the author of the novels "Last Man in Tower" (2011) and "Selection Day" (2017) and the short story collection "Between the Assassinations" (2010). He currently lives in Bangalore.