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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombays hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the citys poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas – this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.
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So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in theunderworld of the Golden City.

But Gregory David Roberts has not only managed to survive the anarchy of a life lived on the margins but also hammered out a best-selling book from its most galloping, gut-wrenching moments. The book is set to be launched in India in the first week of June. He came to India on a forged passport, called himself a New Zealander named Lindsay and evolved into the Hindi-and-Marathi-speaking Lin Baba for the slum-dwellers near Cuffe Parade with whom he lived for some time and for whom he set up a free medical clinic. He left Mumbai after 10 years, was caught in Germany and extradited to Australia. Having served his prison term, he is now promoting his book in England. But nobody could have described the Colaba police station of the Eighties in such morbid, miniature detail without actually being there.

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Hitting the stands on August 31, the book written by journalist-author Pavan C Lall will laid bare details of one of the India's biggest financial scandals and profile the man allegedly behind it. Based on personal encounters, incisive interviews and meticulous research, the book claims to "expose the incredible twists and turns of the Nirav Modi story". A third-generation diamantaire, Modi, moved from Belgium to India and with time became an astute businessman whose firm grip over an intercontinental supply chain saw his branded jewellery stores dotting not just every Indian metropolis but also marquee locations in foreign lands like London, New York and Hong Kong. Modi's diamond-encrusted designs were worn by stars like Kate Winslet, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Naomi Watts, while the Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra-Jonas appeared in advertisements for the brand. According to Forbes, Wharton-dropout Nirav Modi has a net worth of 1. He is said to have learned the tricks of the trade from his maternal uncle Mehul Choksi, the CMD popular jewellery brand Gitanjali Gems, who has been in Antigua since the allegations emerged, is also wanted by the Indian authorities.

In this highly anticipated sequel to the contemporary classic Shantaram , Lin continues to search for love and faith in a changing Bombay. In The Mountain Shadow , the long-awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons playing by a different set of rules. It has been two years since the events in Shantaram and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, his girlfriend—the radiant American Lisa—is spending more and more time with her partners at her art gallery, and the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues. A love story of hope, humor, and the philosophical quest for the wisdom of our common humanity, The Mountain Shadow is a sublime, all-consuming novel of our extraordinary human struggle for love and faith, truth and redemption. The dashing here Lin, an Australian fugitive, is worldly, two-fisted, rides a motorcycle, has a social conscience, quotes great writers and, as the book opens, struggles bravely to get over his lost love, Karla.

Shantaram is a novel by Gregory David Roberts , in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict escapes from Pentridge Prison and flees to India. The novel is commended by many for its vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Bombay. The novel is reportedly influenced by real events in the life of the author, though some claims made by Roberts are contested by others involved in the story. In , Roberts was sentenced to a year imprisonment in Australia after being convicted of a series of armed robberies of building society branches, credit unions , and shops. In July , he escaped from Victoria's Pentridge Prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for the next ten years. The protagonist Lindsay according to the book, Roberts' fake name arrives in Bombay carrying a false passport in the name of Lindsay Ford. Mumbai was supposed to be only a stopover on a journey that was to take him from New Zealand to Germany , but he decides to stay in the city.

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  1. Visitacion A. says:

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  2. Kimberly C. says:

    Shantaram is a novel by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict escapes from Pentridge Prison and flees to India. The protagonist Lindsay (according to the book, Roberts' fake name) arrives in Bombay carrying a false passport in the name of Lindsay Ford. Mumbai.

  3. Atica S. says:

    Book 2 of 2 in the Shantaram Series .. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for a series of armed robberies, he escaped and spent ten of his fugitive years in . of jail in Australia, travels to India, lives in a slum, rises to the top levels of the.

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