A Modern-day Indian Epic

“The ancient Sanskrit legends speak of a destined love, a karmic connection between souls that are fated to meet and collide and enrapture one another.
The legends say that the loved one is instantly recognized because she’s loved in every gesture, every expression of thought, every movement, every sound, and every mood that prays in her eyes.
The legends say that we know her by her wings—the wings that only we can see—and because wanting her kills every other desire of love.”
— Shantaram

Shantaram is an exceptional novel about India and the people in India. This is a complete novel with all the elements in balance. I do not believe everything in the book is a true representation of the author’s life but then it need not be for us to enjoy the book and learn from its story.

There is a sense of profound loneliness emanating from the tale, matched by an equal sense of hope and discovery. Are human relationships really the savior of all our troubles or the cause of most of our problems? Shantaram is an expression of faith in humanity.

This book helped me understand the country of my birth so much better than any other source or person. For some reason reading Shantaram’s words made India seem understandable. It even made sense on some level. It made me appreciate it even more.