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

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

William Dalrymple


From the writer of The final Mughal, an enlightening booklet that explores with amazing compassion and expansive perception 9 types of spiritual devotion in India today.

In pics of individuals we would in a different way by no means comprehend William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of shuttle in India to discover the demanding situations confronted via practitioners of conventional kinds of religion in modern India. for 2 months a 12 months, a guy in Kerala divides his time among jobs as a jail warden and a well-builder and his calling as an incarnate deity. A temple prostitute watches her daughters die from AIDS after coming into a alternate she regards as a sacred calling. A Jain nun recollects the ache of staring at her closest buddy ritually starve herself to death.

Together, those stories display the resilience of people within the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, the long-lasting legacy of culture, and the wish and honor that may be discovered even within the very unlikely places.

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