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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (English)

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Renowned British historian William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India is a travel book that traces the paths of nine Indians, each following different religious paths.

Summary Of The Book

The book is divided into nine chapters, with each chapter focusing on one Indian life. In Sravanabelagola, a pilgrimage town, a Jain nun experiences the death of a co-Nun and a friend. She decides to undertake Sallekhana, which is a Jain religious ritual, where one voluntarily fasts until death. In another story, Keralite Hari Das, a Dalit, works as a prison warden and manual labourer for 9 months in a year. However, the months from December to February see him turn into a dancer who is possessed by Gods.

Hailing from Karnataka, Devadasi Rani bai’s story focuses on how one of India’s oldest professions has undergone adaptation and change during the course of time. Tashi Passang, originally a tibetan monk, came to Dharamsala in India, once Tibet was captured by China. His story revolves around the difficulties of a monk in assisting the Tibetan resistance against Chinese occupation.

Manisha Ma Bhairavi’s story takes readers to Tarapith, a holy town in West Bengal. She worships goddess Tara and practices the Tantric way of life. The story of Kanai Das and Debdas Baul focuses on the lifestyle and traditions of the wandering Bauls.

These stories, along with the rest, are told by the author through great simplicity, and are the products of the twenty-five years that he spent travelling through the world’s largest democracy.

The book received tremendous critical acclaim, with multiple critics praising the author’s simple yet powerful writing. The book went on to receive awards such as the 2010 Asia House Award. It was also listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2010.

About William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is a British curator, writer, art historian, historian, as well as a critic who has received several awards for his works.

Some of the author’s most noted literary works are In Xanadu, The Age of Kali, City of Djinns, White Mughals, From the Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow of Byzantium and Return of a King - The Battle For Afghanistan.

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland in 1965. His education period was spent at Ampleforth College and Cambridge’s Trinity College. He went on to become a scholar in history in Trinity College later. He is a co-founder and a co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, which takes place every year.

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Specifications of Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (English) (Hardcover)

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Publisher Bloomsbury
ISBN-10 1408800616
Edition 1st
Number of Pages 304 Pages
Publication Year 2009
Language English
ISBN-13 9781408800614
Binding Hardcover
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Weight 522
Height 9.53
Width 6.38
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Author William Dalrymple
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ALOK SAXENA

Jun 27, 2015

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Great read !! Must for anyone who wants to learn about Buddhism

A heartwarming read !! truly takes you through Buddha's life story in a very easy going, narrative yet factual manner. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about Buddhism. Buddha's philosophy & concepts are very simple yet very powerful and life changing. this book is meant for lifetime … (View complete review)
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Vikram Singh

Jul 20, 2014

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Fabulous

This is a must read. Very well written offering perspectives into lives across different parts and conditions in India
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Akshay Raj

Jan 12, 2014

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Interesting read, but almost.

This is a good book showing a slice of Indian culture and religion in a multi-geo perspective, from the north to the south east to west the author has picked up interesting stories to be retold here.

Things we would see growing up in sub/semi-urban India which has almost disappeared now is …
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Manuj jain

Jan 2, 2014

An interesting read which unfolds amazing facts about different religious sects.

Nothing about being religious but this book makes a good read for the curious reader.Not all chapters are equally good but still enjoyed reading it and enjoy talking about it all the more .
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Aravindan Natarajan

Oct 8, 2013

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Simply Superb

This the first Dalrymple book that I've read. The writing style is lucid and It's a must read to those who want to understand religious diversity of the Indian subcontinent.

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Simply Superb

This the first Dalrymple book that I've read. The writing style is lucid and It's a must read to those who want to understand religious diversity of the Indian subcontinent.
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Narendraprabhu Gurusiddappa

Aug 30, 2012

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Good research in deed, a a must read for everybody who wanna know about true India

Dalrymple known for his research based on culture, is for sure given a treat for those who wanna know few of the many other facets of Indian culture.
Definitely India is not just a bucket of vEdic juices; it also has a various modified, localized, manifested forms of the culture which for sure comes out of those same "moola". But yeah it is these traditions and smears of culture which gives India its special notion of diversity; and for sure they should be saved for future too; Not in a negative essence, put in a positive annointment which beautifies our integrity.

A lot of people in India do
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Virendra Salve

Feb 29, 2012

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A Great Read

This book by Mr. Dalrymple is an amazing book in which he captures the lives of nine people each from different walks of life following a different religious path.

Through reading this book, one gets aware about some of the old traditions and practices of our country which are slowly getting lost in history. For someone who really appreciates the culture of this country and is keen to know about the same (without any bias), this book is a must read.

Thank you Mr. Dalrymple for writing such a great book and introducing us to nine lives, nine stories.
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Madhuri Maram

Oct 17, 2011

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Great read!

I really find culture fascinating. and this book is top notch for people who just love reading about culture. this book contains a lot of unbiased facts and superbly written. Deep, mystic and simple. I love it! go for it!
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ALOK SAXENA

Jun 27, 2015

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Great read !! Must for anyone who wants to learn about Buddhism

A heartwarming read !! truly takes you through Buddha's life story in a very easy going, narrative yet factual manner. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about Buddhism. Buddha's philosophy & concepts are very simple yet very powerful and life changing. this book is meant for lifetime collection and has a strong repeat read value.
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Vikram Singh

Jul 20, 2014

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Fabulous

This is a must read. Very well written offering perspectives into lives across different parts and conditions in India
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Akshay Raj

Jan 12, 2014

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Interesting read, but almost.

This is a good book showing a slice of Indian culture and religion in a multi-geo perspective, from the north to the south east to west the author has picked up interesting stories to be retold here.

Things we would see growing up in sub/semi-urban India which has almost disappeared now is what is being told in these stories, the sufi episode is interesting.

But its not a deep journey but a run thorough the landscape, as it squeezes many stories into one.

Good travel book.
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Manuj jain

Jan 2, 2014

An interesting read which unfolds amazing facts about different religious sects.

Nothing about being religious but this book makes a good read for the curious reader.Not all chapters are equally good but still enjoyed reading it and enjoy talking about it all the more .
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Anjaneya Reddy

Aug 7, 2013

A highly readable work

A remarkable record of spirituality in today's India. The author, William Dalrymple, confines himself to probing the nine characters and letting them speak to you. What drives people to religion or spirituality in the India of today? How do they keep up the old traditions? All this is recorded in a narrative that holds your attention. One of the finest books i have read recently
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jaywant shanbhag

Mar 9, 2013

Nine Sacred Tales

I read the book a few months ago which caught my imagination repeatedly. It has brought me still closer to the traditions and arts which are slowly losing out in the din of modernity and affluence. I feel that we have lost the sense of smelling the soil where our roots are fixed. Such a loss of sensitivity is making us rootless.
All the nine lives shake my consciousness thoroughly. The way they are struggling to keep the culture live is heartening. The battle they are losing slowly and steadily spell a pal of gloom and makes us sorry for not passing on a colourful heritage to our next generat
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