Study Guide

Shantaram Characters

By Gregory David Roberts

Lindsay "Lin/baba" Ford, a.k.a. Shantaram

Shantaram, starring Shantaram as… Shantaram! The narrator, protagonist, and all-around...

Abdel Khader "Khaderbhai" Khan

How's this for an introduction?: He was admired and feared by the rich. He was respected and...

Karla Saaranen

Karla Saaranen, a mysterious and beautiful Swiss woman that Lin meets early in his life in...

Prabaker "Prabu" Kharre

One of the major themes in Shantaram is friendship. The relationship that grows between Lin and...

Abdullah Taheri

As part of his induction into Khaderbhai's group, Lin starts spending time with Abdullah—a...

The Leopold's Crowd

A group of misfits, exiles, foreigners, and cosmopolitan Indians make up the crowd at Leopold's...

Neighbors in the Slum

The slum, or "zhopadpatti," is not only Lin's home for several months; it's also a source for...

Gangsters

Just like the slum, full of its heartwarming, generally good characters, Khaderbhai's crowd is...

Madame Zhou

What a trip. This lady's out of this world, and not in a good way. She's like a symbol of all the...

Rajan (and His Other Brother)

If you think Madame Zhou's eunuch servant Rajan is creepy after reading this description, wait...

Hassaan Obikwa and Raheem

The rich Nigerian, Hassaan Obikwa, specializes in disappearing corpses, which actually comes in...

Kishan Mango Kharre and Rukhmabai Kharre

We don't know about you, but we're ready to get away from the city and its shady characters....