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From the author of "The Last Mughal," an enlightening book that explores with remarkable compassion and expansive insight nine varieties of religious devotion in India today.
In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners of traditional forms of faith in contemporary India. For two months a year, a man in Kerala divides his time between jobs as a prison warden and a well-builder and his calling as an incarnate deity. A temple prostitute watches her two daughters die from AIDS after entering a trade she regards as a sacred calling. A Jain nun recalls the pain of watching her closest friend ritually starve herself to death.
Together, these tales reveal the resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, the enduring legacy of tradition, and the hope and honor that can be found even in the most unlikely places.

About William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the author of six previous acclaimed works of history and travel, including "City of Djinns, "which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award- the best-selling "From the Holy Mountain- White Mughals, "which won Britain's most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson- and "The Last Mughal, "which won the Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography. He divides his time between New Delhi and London, and is a contributor to "The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, "and "The Guardian. "

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Author : William Dalrymple
Publisher : Vintage Departures
Data Published : 01 June 2011
ISBN : 0307474461
EAN : 9780307474469
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 275 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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