The Kite Runner is the story of Amir, a Sunni Muslim, who struggles to find his place in the world because of the aftereffects and fallout from a series of traumatic childhood events. An adult Amir opens the novel in the present-day United States with a vague reference to one of these events, and then the novel flashes back to Amir's childhood in Afghanistan.
Shantaram: From a prison in the Pacific Ocean to Bombay India. A man escapes from prison, falsifies a passport, and flees to a poor slum of a city far away. With the help of his guide the two men navigate their way through a hidden society of gangsters, prostitutes, and exiles from other countries.