After a miraculous escape from Prison in
Embarking on a journey far away from home, Lin makes a living selling drugs to tourists, living in the slums of
Lin introduces his gang of friends, mafia goondas, expatriate bars, his love affairs, passport forging deals, gold smuggling and other counterfeits. Unraveling the stories and of this city in the 80’s. He describes intricately the city’s features; the humid monsoon summer days, the holy festivals, the Bollywood movies and the singing and dancing in the streets. It’s a true cinemascope description of
Lin learns Marathi , the mother tongue of
The novel is the culmination of 13 years of writing. His first two attempts failed, when his writings were destroyed by wardens in prison but it was only on his third attempt after getting out of prison that he was able to complete this spiritual undertaking.
A novel about a spiritual sojourn of man, once a college revolutionary turned fugitive escaping in the slums of Mumbai sends us tales of a heart riveting city and the people who have a destiny to face everyday in his best selling novel.
We get to know Lindbaba, the gora (white man) in
Roberts’s Shantaram is an awakening of Lin’s soul about life in a riveting city.