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"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."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of...

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Richard Branson Founder/Virgin GroupToday is World Book Day, a wonderful opportunity to address this #ChallengeRichard sent in by Mike Gonzalez of New Jersey: Make a list of your top 65 books to read in a lifetime. (Source)

Josh Waitzkin One of the most beautiful novels I found. Just a ecstatically beautiful book. (Source)

Irina Marinescu I am always eager to learn how people think and form friendships, how they deal with life's challenges and still remain human. This book delivers that and even more! Shantaram takes you on an incredible journey and you return a changed person. (Source)

Henry Medine I promote range and diversity. Thus, I recommend readers to expose themselves to as many different topics as possible. I usually have 2-4 books I refer back to at any given time. They range in topics from management, art, spirituality and philosophy. Trying to get the engineering thing going but don't much of a mind for science. (Source)

Riz Khan The love story is hidden initially in what is at first an action drama about Australia’s most wanted man on the run in the slums of India, where he ends up starting this clinic and becoming responsible for 25,000 people. Roberts really gets under the skin of the city – the character is based on himself. (Source)

Whitney Wolfe Herd I don’t know what it is about [this book]. I can’t summarize it in one sentence. But it just gives you a peek into the soul of humanity. [It's a book] that I’ve gifted frequently, and I love. (Source)

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