Shantaram Book
Score: 4
From 143 Ratings

Shantaram


  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2004-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 945
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429908276

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Shantaram Excerpt :

Based on his own extraordinary life, Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram is a mesmerizing novel about a man on the run who becomes entangled within the underworld of contemporary Bombay—the basis for the Apple + TV series starring Charlie Hunnam. “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.” An escaped convict with a false passport, Lin flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of Bombay, where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter the city’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power. Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas—this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart.

Shantaram Book
Score: 4
From 133 Ratings

Shantaram


  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • Publisher : Picador Australia
  • Release Date : 2009-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 804
  • ISBN 10 : 9781741987300

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"A publishing phenomenon" Sunday Times 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. Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years. For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. This is the setting of Shantaram. Apart from having this highly unusual personal background, Greg Roberts is a very gifted writer. His book is a blend of vivid dialogue, unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life. It can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything - his home, his family, and his soul - and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience. Gregory David Roberts retired from public life in 2014 to devote time to his family and new writing projects. The Mountain Shadow, sequel to Shantaram, is available now. PRAISE FOR SHANTARAM "A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller" Daily Telegraph "Powerful and original ... a remarkable achievement" Sunday Telegraph "Extraordinarily vivid ... a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authenti

Shantaram Book
Score: 4
From 142 Ratings

Shantaram


  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • Publisher : Picador Australia
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Autobiographical fiction
  • Pages : 948
  • ISBN 10 : 0330423622

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Shantaram Excerpt :

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.Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years. For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. This is the setting of Shantaram.Apart from having this highly unusual personal background, Greg Roberts is a very gifted writer. His book is a blend of vivid dialogue, unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life. It can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything - his home, his family, and his soul - and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience.

The Spiritual Path Book

The Spiritual Path


  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • Publisher : Empathy Arts LLC
  • Release Date : 2021-03-19
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 9782940680023

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The author of international bestseller, Shantaram, takes us on a gripping personal journey of wonder and insight into science, belief, faith and devotion. Drawing on common-sense logic, sacred traditions, inspirations from the natural world and the iconoclastic instruction of his spiritual teacher, Roberts describes the step by step path he followed in search of spiritual connection, one that anyone, of any belief or none, can apply in their own lives. This gripping personal account of the Leap of Faith is a compellingly fresh, new addition to such enduring, spiritually inspiring works as Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Road Less Travelled and The Celestine Prophecy. From the Author: "The Spiritual Path is for anyone searching for meaning and connection, for more answers than questions, and for practical help in resetting the spiritual compass." Gregory David Roberts

The Mountain Shadow Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

The Mountain Shadow


  • Author : Gregory David Roberts
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 880
  • ISBN 10 : 9780748117833

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The Mountain Shadow Excerpt :

The first glimpse of the sea on Marine Drive filled my heart, if not my head. I turned away from the red shadow. I stopped thinking of that pyramid of killers, and Sanjay's improvidence. I stopped thinking about my own part in the madness. And I rode, with my friends, into the end of everything. Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a cast of unforgettable characters through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In The Mountain Shadow, the long-awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules. It has been two years since the events in Shantaram, and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he'd learned about love and life. But Lin can't leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won't let him go.

V  Shantaram Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

V Shantaram


  • Author : Madhura Pandit Jasraj
  • Publisher : Hay House, Inc
  • Release Date : 2015-07-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9789384544416

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V Shantaram Excerpt :

He immortalized movies on celluloid… An authentic, heartfelt, insightful and comprehensive account of one of India’s most respected and eminent filmmakers, who was an institution in himself… V. Shantaram (1901–90) stands out as a colossus in Indian cinema. As one of the pioneers in this field, he honed his skills not only as a producer and director but also as an actor, writer, cameraman, technician and editor. He effectively used the medium of cinema as a vehicle for creating awareness about numerous social problems (such as communalism, dowry and the cycle of debt and poverty) and tried to bring about a change in society. This riveting biography – penned by his daughter – brings alive the life and times of Shantaram and his contemporaries, while simultaneously throwing light on a bygone era of Indian cinema marked by struggles, uncertainties and difficulties but yet infused with hope, perseverance and determination. Among Shantaram’s prominent creations in Hindi are Ayodhya Ka Raja (1932), Sairandhari (1933; India’s first colour film), Amrit Manthan (1934), Duniya Na Maane (1937), Aadmi (1939), Padosi (1941), Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Dahej (1950), Janak Janak Pyal Baaje (1955), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957), Navrang (1959), Sehra (1963), Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964) and Pinjra (1972)

Shades of Grey Book
Score: 4
From 159 Ratings

Shades of Grey


  • Author : Jasper Fforde
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-12-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101159651

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Shades of Grey Excerpt :

The New York Times bestseller and “a rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness” (The Washington Post) from the author of the Thursday Next series and Early Riser Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade.

Snakepit Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Snakepit


  • Author : Moses Isegawa
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307427816

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Praised on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in the author’s native Uganda, Moses Isegawa’s first novel Abyssinian Chronicles was a “big, transcendently ambitious book” (Boston Globe) that “blasts open the tidy borders of the conventional novel and redraws the literary map to reveal a whole new world” (Elle). In Snakepit, Isegawa returns to the surreal, brutalizing landscapes of his homeland during the time of dictator Idi Amin, when interlocking webs of emotional cruelty kept tyrants gratified and servants cooperative, a land where no one–not husbands or wives, parents or lovers–is ever safe from the implacable desires of men in power. Men like General Bazooka, who rues the day he hired Cambridge-educated Bat Katanga as his “Bureaucrat Two”–a man too good at his job–and places in his midst (and his bed) a seductive operative named Victoria, whose mission and motives are anything but simple. Ambitious and acquisitive, more than a little arrogant, Katanga finds himself steadily boxed in by events spiraling madly out of control, where deception, extortion, and murder are just so many cards to be played.

Understanding Karma Book

Understanding Karma


  • Author : Shrinivas Tilak
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Hermeneutics
  • Pages : 515
  • ISBN 10 : 9788187420200

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Understanding Karma Excerpt :

Study of theory of Karma with reference to Mahābhārata and works of Paul Ricoeur.

White Apples Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

White Apples


  • Author : Jonathan Carroll
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Release Date : 2010-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429971683

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White Apples Excerpt :

Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Pushed and prodded by strange omens and stranger persons, he gradually learns that he was brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child-a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe. But to be brought up right, he must be educated in part by his father. Specifically, he must be taught what Vincent learned on the other side-if only Vincent can remember it. On a father's love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is. By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible, White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Internet of Things Integrated Augmented Reality Book

Internet of Things Integrated Augmented Reality


  • Author : Gitanjali Rahul Shinde
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-06-19
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 78
  • ISBN 10 : 9789811563744

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Internet of Things Integrated Augmented Reality Excerpt :

This book discusses the use of converged technology, a rapidly growing area that enhancements smart devices, communication, Internet of things (IoT), and augmented reality (AR). The book also explores the need for convergence of IoT and AR for various purposes, like personalized services, context awareness, and bridging the gap between the physical and digital world. Furthermore, it examines the implementation of IoT and AR in use cases to define pathways that allow application developers to design modern solutions to satisfy requirements like scalability, abstraction and security. Featuring an introduction, and covering sensing techniques, and effective architecture in AR-based IoT real-time use cases, the book also addresses the issues and challenges in designing standard architecture and middleware to support diverse applications. Given its scope, it is a valuable resource for teachers and students in engineering, as well as researchers, developers, and users working in multi-disciplinary areas.

V  Shantaram  the Legacy of the Royal Lotus Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

V Shantaram the Legacy of the Royal Lotus


  • Author : Kiran Shantaram
  • Publisher : books catalog
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015061551092

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V Shantaram the Legacy of the Royal Lotus Excerpt :

Read the fascinating story of this legendary filmmaker and also discover many forgotten tales of the history of moving images in India. Some of the most indelible images of Indian cinema came from his sensitive imagination. From the days of the black and while silent films to the advent of sound and color, the films of V Shantaram stood out for their originality and a passionate commitment to human values.

Waste Management Book

Waste Management


  • Author : A L Juhasz
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2004-01-02
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9781482280173

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Waste Management Excerpt :

This book focuses on the impact of waste disposal to land, providing an outline of the underpinning knowledge of processes associated with contaminant sorption, transport, and plant uptake. It presents case studies highlighting waste management technologies used in the Australasia-Pacific region.

The Drifters Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Drifters


  • Author : James Albert Michener
  • Publisher : Arrow
  • Release Date : 1971
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 830
  • ISBN 10 : 0749311916

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The Giver Book
Score: 4
From 3,972 Ratings

The Giver


  • Author : Lois Lowry
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544340688

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The Giver Excerpt :

Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.