Nine Lives

Nine Lives is a distillation of twenty-five years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions, taking you deep into worlds that you would never have imagined even existed.

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Three brothers from a remote village in the Himalayas are driven by poverty to become monks. One becomes a famous masked dancer; the second an accomplished player of the Tibetan temple trumpet; and the third a great Buddhist scholar. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. A woman leaves her middle class family in Calcutta and her job in a jute factory, only to find unexpected love and fulfillment living as a tantric in a skull-filled hut in remote a cremation ground. A prison warder from Kerala becomes for two months of the year a temple dancer and is worshipped as an incarnate deity; then, at the end of February each year, he returns to prison. An idol maker, the thirty-fifth of a long line of sculptors going back to the legendary Chola bronze makers, regards creating Gods as one of the holiest callings in India, but has to reconcile himself to his son who only wants to study computer engineering. An illiterate goat herd from Rajasthan keeps alive an ancient 200,000-stanza sacred epic that he, virtually alone, still knows by heart. A devadasi - or temple prostitute - initially resists her own initiation into sex work, yet pushes both her daughters into a trade she regards as a sacred calling. Nine people, nine lives. Each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story.Exquisite and mesmerizing, and told with an almost biblical simplicity, William Dalrymple's first travel book in a decade explores how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed in the vortex of the region's rapid change. Nine Lives is a distillation of twenty-five years of exploring India and writing about its religious traditions, taking you deep into worlds that you would never have imagined even existed.

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Nine Lives
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: William Dalrymple
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-10-07 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Three brothers from a remote village in the Himalayas are driven by poverty to become monks. One becomes a famous masked dancer; the second an accomplished player of the Tibetan temple trumpet; and the third a great Buddhist scholar. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches
Nine Lives
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Danielle Steel
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-08 - Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Nine Lives is a thought-provoking story of lost love and new beginnings, by the number one bestseller Danielle Steel. After a carefree childhood, Maggie Kelly came of age in the shadow of grief. Her father, a pilot, died when she was nine. Maggie saw her mother struggle to put their
NINE LIVES
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: EL NUKOYA
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-20 - Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

Nine Lives tells the story of “Olupitan Ogunrinu,” a bright, ambitious son of a common Nigerian fisherman who battles to assert himself within the social segregation of an elite university community. As he struggles with the moral contradiction, corruption and frivolity around him, he resolves not be a victim in
My Nine Lives by Clio
Language: en
Pages: 48
Authors: Marjorie Priceman
Categories: Juvenile Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-12-09 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

What a discovery! A remarkable book has been found -- the journal of a cat. Written between 3,000 B.C. and the present, this "first-feline" account by one Clio records her nine extraordinary lives, and contains information...that could rewrite history. How fascinating to read, in Clio's own words, the story behind
Nine Lives
Language: en
Pages: 490
Authors: El-Nukoya
Categories: Nigerian fiction (English)
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher:

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