“Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting” ~Shantaram

Sorry for not writing yesterday, i had a wedding to attend. This guy is my best friend from college. So couldnt miss it at any cost πŸ™‚

Today i finished that book i was recommending everyone – Shantaram – phew ! a huge book but yet a good one. But i must admit, at some places – i would say a very few places – it becomes too philosophical and poetic. An amazing 933 page book that will make you stop – think, smile and sad all the same time. So here it is my view of this book and in the end i have also presented some of the quotes that i like from this book.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5.

This is how it goes–

This guy – Gregory David Roberts – author of this book “Shantaram”, a convict, robber, heroin addict from Australia, escaped the high security prison and lands up in Mumbai-with a false New Zealand Passport with a false name Lindsay. Here he establishes a health clinic in the slums of Mumbai- where he spent his initial years – made friends, travels to a village in Maharastra called Sunder, joins Mumbai Mafia-learns the tricks of passport forgery and money lending etc, fights with Mujahedeen in Afghan War, learns to speak Hindi and Marathi well, and also serves a 4-month sentence in Mumbai jail, acts in Bollywood movies and does almost everything and becomes a complete mumbaite.

In that small village of Maharastra, he gets a hindu name: Shantaram Kishan Kharre by Rukhmabai-Prabhaker’s mother. Also, he gets a name Linbaba from Prabhaker himself. He even expresses all the love for India and the people living in India.

Brilliant writing, an adventure being unfolded and a breath taking real-life story of Roberts – superb.

There are somethings that is been written in the book that i liked a lot and also will make one wonder what an amazing writer Roberts is.

– For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. think. act. feel. add our little consequences to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. with love: the passinate search for truth other than our own. with longing: the pure ineffable yearning to be saved. for so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God helps us. God forgive us. We live on.

– 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.

– The past reflects eternally between two mirrors -the bright mirror of words and deeds, and the dark one, full of things we didn’t do or say.

– The simple and astonishing truth about India and Indian people is that when you go there, and deal with them, your heart always guides you more wisely than your head. There’s nowhere else in the world where that’s quite so true. I didn’t know that then, as I closed my eyes in the dark and breathing silence on that first night in Bombay. I was running on instinct, and pushing my luck. I didn’t know that I’d already given my heart of the woman, and the city. And knowing none of it, I fell, before the smile faded from my lips, into a dreamless, gentle sleep ~In his initial years in India.

– If you stare into its cold dead eye, the camera always mocks you with the truth.

– Truth is a bully that we all pretend to like.

– Happiness is a myth. it was invented to make us buy things.

– Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting. ~one of my favorites

– A dream is a place where a wish and a fear meet. When the wish and fear are exactly the same, we call the dream a nightmare

– We carry oceans inside of us, in our blood and our sweat. And we are crying the oceans, in our tears. ~one of my favorites.

Now is this book for everyone – no it is not – as at some placesΒ it is little philosophical and poetic and not everyone like it na?… But do i recommend it, yes I do. πŸ™‚

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  1. and….they say that this book is my Bible!!…..i wud recommend it for everybody….

    U missed the mother of all lines ….

    Life is a feature of all things. We could call it a characteristic, which is one of my favourite English words. If you do not speak English as your first language, the word “characteristic” has an amazing sound – like rapping on a drum, or breaking kindling wood for a fire. To continue, ever atom in the universe has the characteristic of life. The more complex way that atoms get put together, the more complex is the expression of the characteristic of life. A rock is a very simple arrangement of atoms, so the life in a rock is so simple that we cannot see it. A cat is a very complex arrangement of atom, so the life in cat is very obvious. But life is there, in everything, even in a rock, and even when we cannot see it….

    Trivia: Do u know the name of the movie in which Lin Baba has acted?

    Just another GDR fan!

  2. Hi Saurabh,
    In this interview for example he says that he has done some minor roles in the films that came up in 1980s.
    I would love go searching for each movie starting from 1982 till 1990 πŸ™‚ LOLsss…. Ha haha..
    Thanks for coming by my blog and yes, this is the best of the best lines mentioned in this book. Thanks again.. Keep reading.

    P.S: I got this info from one of the sites and i am not very sure about this but if this is the cast then itll be mind blowing movie.

    Cast of Shantaram Movie Made by Mira Nair:
    Johnny Depp: Lin
    Amitabh Bachchan: Abdel Khader Khan
    Emily Watson : Lisa
    Helena Bonham Carter: Karla
    Chunky Pandey As Himself
    Bipasha Basu: Kavita Singh

  3. Shantaram is also one of my favourites. Read it a couple of years ago. Amitabh is playing its role ina movie of the same title. Nice post Sunayana. I admire your persistence. Keep writing. You are improving with every post.

  4. hey thanks a lot, ravi. and thanks for all the support and help…!!! πŸ™‚
    Keep reading..
    Cheers, Su

  5. hey ……after writing my post was juss checking other blogs…n bumped into urs…….nice post

    as i read book six month agao..couldnt quote much of the quotable quotes…:)
    but i think this is one of the best quote :(wen his in pak)
    “one thing you cant defend yourself against is the good that people say about you”
    do check my review :


  6. in any case i saw GDR inter on zoom PAGE3 with pooja bedi and chunkey was also there…..they showed the movie clip
    it was in one of the songs of chunkey in a BAR…
    probably movie was : Paap Ki Duniya
    or Paanch Papi (something papi…)

    but its blink-n-miss role….check out


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