Review of Nine Lives – In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India; William Darlymple; Bloomsbury Publishing 2008; Rs 499; pp
– Susan Thomas
Each story is short and non-fiction in nature. Each one depicts a different way of leading a holy life, especially how to follow a holy life while enduring the radical transformation of India’s economy and culture.
Dalrymple meets with individuals from wide and disparate religions such as devout Jain nuns, sacred Hindu dancers, a Buddhist monk who fights for Tibetan freedom, a mystical Sufi devotee and Tantric practictioners. He also outlines in detail the history of the religion and the observance of the tradition in the modern age.