Nine Lives is a collection of stories from around modern India and explores the traditional lives of the religious people of South Asia. The book was written after twenty-five years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions.
Summary of the Book
The book is a collection of stories about people who practice religion in different ways across India. A Buddhist monk is forced to resort to arms as a way of keeping the Chinese away from Tibet. He spends the rest of his life making up for his sins by making the best prayer flags in India. A Jain woman wants to test her power of detachment. She does this by watching her best friend follow a ritual in which she starves to death. A woman in Calcutta leaves behind her middle class family and her job in a jute factory. She later finds love and a fulfilling life as a Tantric skull feeder in a cremation ground. A prison warden from Kerala is a temple dancer for two months of the year where he is worshipped as a deity. A goatherd from Rajasthan keeps an epic alive and knows it by heart. A devadasi, who resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes her daughters into the same line as she now regards it as a sacred calling. All the stories in this book talk about the different religious paths in India.
About William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple is a British historian, writer, art historian, and curator. He is also a well-known broadcaster and critic. He has won many awards for his books like the Duff Cooper and the Wolfson Prize. He is also one of the co-founders and co-directors of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival.
8 Oct, 2013
Great read !! Must for anyone who wants to learn about Buddhism
27 Jun, 2015
20 Jul, 2014
Interesting read, but almost.
12 Jan, 2014
An interesting read which unfolds amazing facts about different religious sects.
2 Jan, 2014
27 Mar, 2016