Hindu Pilgrimage:A journey through the holy places of hindus all over India Sunita Pant Bansal
After backpacking her way around India, 21-year-old Sarah Macdonald decided that she hated this land of chaos and contradiction with a passion, and when an airport beggar read her palm and insisted she would come back one day - and for love - she vowed never to return. But twelve years later the prophecy comes true when her partner, ABC´s South Asia correspondent, is posted to New Delhi, the most polluted city on earth. Having given up a blossoming radio career in Sydney to follow her new boyfriend to India, it seems like the ultimate sacrifice and it almost kills Sarah - literally. After being cursed by a sadhu smeared in human ashes, she nearly dies from double pheumonia. It´s enough to send a rapidly balding atheist on a wild rollercoaster ride through India´s many religions in search of the meaning of life and death. From the ´brain enema´ of a meditation retreat in Dharamsala to the biggest Hindu festival on earth on the steps of the Ganges in Varanasi, and with the help of the Dalai Lama, a goddess of healing hugs and a couple of Bollywood stars - among many, many others - Sarah discovers a hell of a lot more.
Holy Science:The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism Feminist Technosciences Banu Subramaniam
Never Cheat a Holy Man is my memoir about the three enlightening, adventure-filled years in the mid-´60s when my family and I lived in East Pakistan. As ´´memsahib´´, my job was to supervise a Muslim all-male household workforce. When the cook warmed the toast in his armpits and chilled the chicken in the refrigerator - still alive, I realized I was not communicating adequately. I acquired new skills mediating between cook and laundryman who were at constant odds. The 1965 India-Pakistan conflict caused particular concern for my friends and me when we were held at gun point, accused of being spies by Bengali soldiers. The Hindu Holy Man´s retracted blessings and getting my sari pulled off by a small boy at a village fair, were just two instances that gave me new understanding of this culture so unlike my own. Despite the poverty and disease I saw, there was much beauty, harmony, and humor to appreciate. - Joyce Mueller About the author: Joyce Mueller, now in her 90s, remembers how it felt to be a Caucasian, English-speaking, non-Muslim nurse, wife, and mother confronting a totally opposite culture. She went from scared and shocked to empathetic and appreciative. Now widowed, Mrs. Mueller lives on the southern Oregon coast. She is still writing poetry and short stories. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joyce Mueller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051909/bk_acx0_051909_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Banaras Reconstructed:Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City Global South Asia Madhuri Desai
When Aatish Taseer first came to Benares, the spiritual capital of Hinduism, he was 18, the Westernized child of an Indian journalist and a Pakistani politician, raised among the intellectual and cultural elite of New Delhi. Nearly two decades later, Taseer leaves his life in Manhattan to go in search of the Brahmins, wanting to understand his own estrangement from India through their ties to tradition. Known as the twice-born - first into the flesh and again when initiated into their vocation - the Brahmins are a caste devoted to sacred learning. But what Taseer finds in Benares, the holy city of death also known as Varanasi, is a window on an India as internally fractured as his own continent-bridging identity. At every turn, the seductive, homogenizing force of modernity collides with the insistent presence of the past. In a globalized world, to be modern is to renounce India - and yet the tide of nationalism is rising, heralded by cries of ´´Victory to Mother India!´´ and an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence. From the narrow streets of the temple town to a Modi rally in Delhi, Taseer struggles to reconcile magic with reason, faith in tradition with hope for the future, and the brutalities of the caste system, all the while challenging his own myths about himself, his past, and his countries old and new. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Shah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/002420/bk_high_002420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
La gente siempre esta en el filo de una navaja, dice un proverbio oriental y en el se baso el ingles Somerset Maugham para una de sus ultimas novelas, en donde los protagonistas son un joven intelectual y una muchacha que solo ansia ser rica. Ese conflicto entre la mente y lo material lleva a una serie de interesantes desarrollos.Larry Darrell is a young man whose experiences in World War I lead him to question the meaning of his comfortable life. Postponing his engagement to Isabel, he travels first to Europe and then to India, where his studies with a Hindu holy man change his life. 1. Spanish. Pedro Montoya. http://samples.audible.de/bk/yoyo/000019/bk_yoyo_000019_sample.mp3.
Called ´´the first and greatest of English detective novels´´ by T. S. Eliot, Wilkie Collins´s The Moonstone is a masterpiece of suspense. A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When the Moonstone disappears, the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England, no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives each narrate the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist - each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Langton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001689/bk_tant_001689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I´ve got no choice but to warn you. Read further, the truth will be revealed and it will enslave you. You don´t want to know how the Universe works. I know I didn´t.I don´t care who you are or what you believe-Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Atheist, anything and everything. You´re all wrong.The following is a story of my life after I got drafted by God to fight the minions of darkness. Jehovah of the Holy Bible exists and holy warriors are needed to defend us.If you´re wise, you´ll set this book down now and walk away. Keep your illusions; they won´t hurt you. Learn too much, open the door that is better left closed, and you´ll be fighting by my side.Victor PaladinServant of the Lord 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack J. Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014208/bk_acx0_014208_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.