I started reading Shantaram the night before flying out of Nepal. There could not be a better book to take on just before arriving in India. Not only does every paragraph seem like a poem, but what a wonderful way to get an understanding of the Indian people, how they think, why they do what they do, and to learn some of the subtle and not so subtle nuances.
Every chapter makes me think. Every chapter tells me something I may have never understood just from witnessing. I think this books is going to my journey through India more profound... maybe not easier, but easier to accept.