Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, who enjoys a near idyllic existence is secretly unsatisfied and leaves his home to join the Samanas who believe enlightenment can be reached through asceticism, a rejection of the body and physical desire. His companion Govinda is also in search of enlightenment and decides to come along with Siddhartha. Both of them walk the earth with the samanas in search of enlightenment. Will they achieve enlightenment?
"Great story. Melodramatic narration."
At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite investment firm. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.
Through a brilliant array of voices and perspectives, author Mohsin Hamid tells the story of one love-struck Daru Shezad who, when fired from his banking job, instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite and plunges into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed.
"Young and Rich in Lahore"