Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (English, Paperback, William Dalrymple)

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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India  (English, Paperback, William Dalrymple)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • ISBN: 9781408846148, 1408846144
  • Edition: Export - EPZ - EPZ edition
Description

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.

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  • Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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  • William Dalrymple
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  • 0.71 Inches (US)
Height
  • 7.8 Inches (US)
Length
  • 5.08 in
Weight
  • 1000.0 Grams
Ratings & Reviews
4.3
68 Ratings &
7 Reviews
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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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Aravindan Natarajan

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Oct, 2013

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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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ALOK SAXENA

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Jun, 2015

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Brilliant

I don't understand why you don't dispatch the copy you were displaying. The copy we receive is completely different from what is displayed.
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Ramchandra Hegde

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Jan, 2018

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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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Vikram Singh

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Jul, 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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Akshay Raj

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Jan, 2014

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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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Manuj jain

Jan, 2014

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Good

size of letters too small.....but timely delivery.........................................................................................................................................................................................................
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SHABARISH V

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Mar, 2016

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