I picked up the large book knowing absolutely nothing about it the night before leaving Bangkok for a month in India. I finished it exactly a month to the day after arriving back to Bangkok from India.
I don't feel like ranting about the book that I found so amazingly moving. Rather, I just wanted to give acknowledgement that it made my journey and interactions in India a much more positive and accepting experience. It would have not been the same trip without Shantaram. I am grateful it fell into my lap with the help of a couple great gals from back home.