Shantaram is a novel based on the Authors life whose name is Gregory David Roberts, or so they say, you be the judge, either way its an amazing read, beautifully written and captivating, i couldn't put the book down. There's some very interesting characters.
Abit about the book...
Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to 19 years in prison for a series of armed robberies, he escaped and spent 10 of his fugitive years in Bombay, wher he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, a smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay Mafia. Recaptured, he served out his sentence, and established a successful multimedia company upon his release. Roberts is now a full time writer and lives in Bombay.
An excerpt from the book
"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."
Definitely worth reading.