In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

Nine Lives: in Search of the Sacred in Modern India is a 2009 travel book by William Dalrymple. …

…  the lives of nine Indians, a Buddhist monk, a Jain nun, a lady from a middle-class family in Calcutta, a prison warden from Kerala, an illiterate goat herd fromRajasthan, and a devadasi among others, as seen during his Indian travels. The book explores the lives of nine such people, each of whom represent a different religious path in nine chapters. …

The book was published by Bloomsbury to great acclaim, The Observer remarking that it “ranks with the very finest travel writing”. …

Pico Iyer, in TIME Magazine, praises the “powerful restraint and clarity” the book brings to “precisely the two subjects — India and faith — that cause most observers to fly off into cosmic vagueness or spleen. The result is a deeply respectful and sympathetic portrait.” …

It is extremely well written. An astonishing look at how normal people go to extremes of religious practice. The first story is of nuns who starve themselves to death as ritual.

Nine Lives


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