- Shantaram is my all time FAVORITE book. This book is loosely based on the author’s true life. The main character Lin escapes from an Australian prison and flees to India. Lin spends 10 years on the run in India and the amount of things he encounters is amazing. I will say reading this book it is hard to imagine everything that happens is basically true, but I will say I fell in love with the main character Lin. He grows and learns a lot as a person from his time spent in India. The author of this book, Gregory David Roberts is an amazing writer. The way he describes the sites, the smells, colors, people, places (you get the idea) it completely enrapturesyou while reading this book. He writes beautifully and now because of this book India has become the number one place I am dying to visit. This book is a classic in my eyes and I highly recommend it, and I hope you will Love, Love, Love it too.