Shantaram is the story of a runaway criminal Lin, who manages to escape a high-security prison in Australia and travels to Mumbai by forging documents for a new identity.
The book is reminiscent of an era gone by when the Mumbai Mafia was rising to its glory. When youth from across the country came to Mumbai and did not flinch at the prospect of becoming a hired gun for one of the power gangs in the City of Dreams. Amidst the hustle bustle of drug trafficking, prostitutes, and gangsters, Lin has a mesmerizing journey of rooting himself to this city.
On his arrival, Lin runs into that one man who would remain his friend for life and become his foster brother and acquires his Indian name, Shantaram. As he continues his journey, Lin is lucky enough to attract the right kind of people, who help him survive in the madness of the city. And thus begins a tale of friendship, love, manipulation, and betrayal. Continue Reading