Aishwarya Rao
I am only half way into Shataram...but I realize that there hasn't been another novel that is so true to its places and people.

My favourite reasons why Shantaram is such a bona fide Indian's novel.

"She wore a salwar kameez-the most flattering garment in the world, after the sari.."

"'Hey, I love this song yaar!' Vikram cried out. 'Turn it up, baba! Arre full karo!'"

"...And any Indian man will tell you that although love might not have been invented in India, it was certainly perfected there."

" We ate chicken biriyani, malai kofta, vegetable korma, rice...dhal, papadams and green mango chutney. It was a feast..."

12 Responses
  1. Hemamalini Says:

    The lines you have quoted makes me shake my head .. smile..
    and also makes me want to read the book :)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    This couldn't have come at a better time. I'm just a few pages into the book and I can already feel myself warming up to it.

    Good feeling, this. :)

  3. SK Says:

    Bloghopped here. Is the book good all the way to the end? I am reading it really slowly, seems never ending for now. Lets see!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    The book is easily the best ever. Absolutely engaging. And the quotes make up for any part you don't like. Start making note of the quotes. They are totally worth it. Or search my blog :p

  5. Hema,

    You should. You should. You will love it. So totally...It is like how you would think inside your pictures. Very meaningful and self descriptive pictures!

  6. Suraksha,

    Tell me once you get done. We have to exchange notes!

  7. Sk!

    FOREVER- Ah! That I agree with you. Maybe it is to do with the fact that he expresses every move, every sound, every second of his day...But thats what makes it amazing! Nobody could have explained that ritual of drinking chai and eating bun better...

  8. Gradwolf,

    Man was that coincidence. I went through your post on analogies and you wrote in..Lol.I loved your reference to Chennai 28 though!

  9. Anonymous Says:

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  10. King Vishy Says:

    Have been told a lot abt this book.. shd read it once my MBA interviews are done..

    And you've got a really nice trick of replying to each comment separately.. will sure fool anyone who does not visit the comments page into thinkin that most of the eleventy-eleven comments were frm visitors :D

  11. 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. I realized, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was till free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn't sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when its all you have got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving,can become the story of your life.

    - Another quote from the book... its quotes like these that make it a wonderfully beautiful book. ofcourse the references to Indian things is great somebody else check wikiquote for shantaram..when ur done reading it.

  12. eyedoc Says:

    Fate’s way of beating us in a fair fight is to give us warnings that we hear, but never heed.