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Nine Lives  (English, Hardcover, Dalrymple William)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Genre: Travel
  • ISBN: 9781408800614, 9781408800614
  • Pages: 304
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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 Publishing PLC
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    • 234 mm
    Length
    • 153 mm
    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    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 negat...
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    Narendraprabhu Gurusiddappa

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    Aug, 2012

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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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    Madhuri Maram

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    Oct, 2011

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    5

    Heart-tugging tales, lovingly written.. worth a read

    I read this book a long time ago and yet it never ceases to bring a warmth whenever I see the book in a bookshop or in someone's home. The love in his writing and the sensitivity maintained all times is admirable. One of those gently lovely books we all read and cherish for a long time. The story or intellectual insights might not be a strong feature of this book but the sensitivity to human emotions and lives is what makes this worth a read
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    Anup Menon

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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 suc...
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    Virendra Salve

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    Feb, 2012

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    The best of Non-Fiction

    This is one of the best non-fictions I have read and the book is something I am proud to own. Do read to get an insight into lives of 9 different people whom otherwise we would not have known.. A true masterpiece..
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    Harmeet Mehta

    Mar, 2011

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    Terrific purchase

    Good
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    Flipkart Customer

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    Perfect product!

    Talks about the Indian culture
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    Priyanka Roy

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    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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    Anjaneya Reddy

    Aug, 2013

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    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 stead...
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    jaywant shanbhag

    Mar, 2013

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    A Must Read

    Stark geographical conditions, different cultures, varying idologies and curious ways to attain but one aim - enlightenment or salvation. Beautifully written book, Nine Lives is 'Unheard-of India' and through the stories of nine determined souls, the author has sketched the theology on which the cultures and religions of both, past and present India, thrive.
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    Divya Rana

    Sep, 2012

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