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)

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

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (IN)
    • ISBN: 9781408846148, 1408846144
    • Edition: Export - EPZ - EPZ edition
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    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
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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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    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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    27 Jun, 2015

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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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    20 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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    12 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

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    2 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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    27 Mar, 2016

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