About this book
Paperback edition of Dalrymple's acclaimed travelogue which explores how traditional forms of spiritual life in South Asia has been transformed in the region's rapid change, through the stories of nine people whose lives have followed a different religious path. They include a Jain nun, a devadesi (temple prostitute), an illiterate goatherd in Rajasthan who alone keeps alive a 200,000 stanza sacred epic, and a prison warder from Jerala who for 2 months of the year is a temple dancer and is worshipped as an incarnate deity. Extraordinary stories, beautifully told.
Award-winning, critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling William Dalrymple takes us to the heart of an undiscovered India