Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (by William Dalrymple) — Nine people, nine lives, nine different paths, nine different stories!! Nine Lives, unlike most travel books narrates stories of nine people in India.
Nine people, nine lives, nine different paths, nine different stories!! Nine Lives, unlike most travel books narrates stories of nine people in India.
Three brothers from a remote village are driven by poverty to the Himalayas to become monks. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. A devadasi initially resists her own initiation into sex work, yet pushes both her daughters into a trade she regards as a sacred calling.
The book narrates more of such intriguing stories from India like no other.
About the Author
William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, The Age of Kali, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and, most recently, Nine Lives.
He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award, the French Prix d’Astrolabe, the Wolfson Prize for History, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the Asia House Award for Asian Literature, the Vodafone Crossword Award and has three times been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.