"It took me decades and many of the global to benefit what i do know approximately love and destiny and the alternatives we make, however the middle of it got here to me directly, whereas i used to be chained to a wall and being tortured."
So starts this epic, captivating first novel set within the underworld of up to date Bombay. Shantaram is narrated through Lin, an escaped convict with a fake passport who flees greatest protection legal in Australia for the teeming streets of a urban the place he can disappear.
Accompanied by way of his consultant and trustworthy pal, Prabaker, the 2 input Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy males, squaddies and actors, and Indians and exiles from different nations, who search during this outstanding position what they can't locate elsewhere.
As a hunted guy with no domestic, relatives, or id, Lin searches for romance and which means whereas operating a health center in a single of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship at nighttime arts of the Bombay mafia. the hunt leads him to struggle, criminal torture, homicide, and a sequence of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to release the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by way of humans. the 1st is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin within the underworld of the Golden urban. the second one is Karla: elusive, risky, and gorgeous, whose passions are pushed by means of secrets and techniques that torment her and but provide her a negative power.
Burning slums and five-star lodges, romantic love and felony agonies, felony wars and Bollywood movies, religious specialists and mujaheddin guerrillas---this large novel has the area of human adventure in its achieve, and a passionate love for India at its middle. in line with the lifetime of the writer, it's through any degree the debut of a unprecedented voice in literature.