The Man Booker Prize is awarded for the very best contemporary fiction. Previously known as just the Booker Prize, the award has been given since 1965. In 2008, its 40th anniversary, Aravind Adiga was awarded for "The White Tiger." Main character Balram is the son of a rickshaw puller and lives in an Indian village. He is taken out of school to work in a teashop, but dreams of escape.