Living Faith: Windows into the Sacred Life of India

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The stunning photographs in Living Faith are the result of over a decade and a half of travel and observation. From the cities, small towns and villages of India -- a country of almost unparalleled diversity where every major religion of the world has found a home -- Dinesh Khanna brings us images of faith as it endures in everyday life. Priests light up the night on the ghats of Varanasi in honor of Shiva; Sufis sing ecstatic love songs to Allah at the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya; young boys in Ladakh prepare for the austere life of a Buddhist Lama; and devotees offer wax models of what they desire to Mary at her church in Mumbai. Meanwhile, on the highways and lanes of India, taxi and truck drivers carry on their dashboards little shrines to their gods; Jain nuns walk barefoot for miles on an eternal pilgrimage; and people stop along busy roads to offer prayers at modest temples and tombs.

Living Faith is an intimate, revealing record of a deeply spiritual way of life. It acknowledges the strength of private worship and shared faith, which ultimately transcends the more visible but short-lived realities of discord.

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Dinesh Khanna, one of the most gifted color photographers in India, worked in advertising before taking up photography in 1990. Since then, exhibitions of his work have been held in India and the UK. His first book, Goa Bazaar, was published by Viking India in 2001. He lives in Delhi with his wife and two daughters.



Pico Iyer is one of the most revered and respected travel writers alive today. He was born in England to Indian parents, raised in California, and educated at Oxford, and Harvard. His essays, reviews, and other writings have appeared in "Time", "Conde Nast Traveler", "Harper’s", "The New Yorker", "Sports Illustrated", and "Salon.com". His books include Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, Cuba and the Night, Falling off the Map, Tropical Classical, The Global Soul and Abandon.

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