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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
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Oct 01, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in August, 2007

Upon reading the below, opening paragraph of David Gregory Robert's Shantaram, I knew that the book I was holding in my hands was special. Maybe even special enough to change my life. After countless hours of laughing out loud, suspenseful moments and fighting back a few tears, I was right.

"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 still 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 it's all you've got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life."

Roberts skillfully intertwines insight, wisdom and a different outlook on life into his extraordinary events. Each chapter could be a novel in itself.

When Hurricane Dean came bearing down on the small Caribbean island I was on, I only had space in my dry bag for a few things. Shantaram was my second possession I put in the bag.......
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Samapika I so much liked the last line about shantaram being the second possession .... ! I wish Roberts can some how know this... how he mesmerises his readers ..!


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