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The Buddha of the Brothel by Kris Advaya – Book review

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The Buddha of the Brothel Book Cover The Buddha of the Brothel
Kris Advaya
Non-fiction
Fingerprint! Publishing
September 20th 2017
Paperback
336
Review copy

When Kris made a trip to India to study Ayurvedic massage, he never thought he would find love, adventure, and heartbreak. Traumatised by the loss of his friend and army abuses, Kris came to India practicing meditation and chastity, but both efforts were turned head over heels when he caught sight of Radha, a sex worker in Pune’s notorious red-light district.
Before he knew it, Kris was wrapped up in the world of pimps and crime lords, losing his hold on the life he had been pursuing and all the dreams of stability he had once built in his head. To be with the woman who had stolen his heart away, a life-altering decision awaited.
A true story, The Buddha of the Brothel is a poignant look into the world of godmen, spiritual seekers, and the men and women whose lives are ruled by the sex market and its overlords. Advaya’s account, written in refreshingly sparkling prose, is by turns anguished, humorous, hopeful, and bewildered, as he wades through a world he had never expected to encounter.
Sure to appeal to readers of Gregory Roberts’s Shantaram with its less than glittering setting, this is a literary memoir that opens readers’ eyes and minds and will not let go easily of their imaginations.

About the Author

Kris Advaya emerged from the void in Yugoslavia in the spring of 1976. After crawling his way through a stint in the military, and already multilingual, he spent five years studying French, Russian, and literature at the University of Ljubljana. Always artistic, he spent most of these years writing songs and abusing an electric guitar while playing with his alternative rock band. Soon afterwards, life took him to India and its enticing ways, and he’s been trying to cure himself of nomadism ever since.

Introduction:

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The first thing which attracts the readers is the enchanting book cover, adorned with magenta colour and the palm of Buddha. This book cover can attract even a non-reader. After reading the blurb and genre, I was quite skeptical about this book but to my surprise, it turned out to be one of best non-fiction books of this year. Let’s check what this book offers!

Summary:

The writer of this book, Kris Advaya, is from the Yugoslavia. Struggling with  the terrible past of losing a close friend and army abuses, he made his way into the world of spirituality and chastity. To explore more of it and to learn traditional Ayurveda massage, he came to Pune, India. His journey in India started in Mumbai and it is worth reading.

After journeying for hours in the train, bus and rickshaw, he finally reached Arun, an experienced Ayurveda therapist. Kris lived in the adjoined rented room provided by Arun.

Everything was going fine until one day, Kris saw Radha, a beautiful sex worker from the infamous brothel of Pune. Kris didn’t know that she is a sex worker and he instantly fell in love with her. Kris started visiting the brothel and slowly he made his way into the heart of Radha. The person who had been a celibate for years lost his determination and fell for Radha. He also got to know about her terrible past and how she is bound to the brothel where no one listens to her and no one considers her as human.

In between, you will get to know more about Arun and his Ayurveda clinic through the eyes of Kris. In search of peace, he also visits various spiritual centres which turn out to be totally opposite to his expectation.  

On the other side, he wants to marry Radha but this is not an easy task where Radha is among the ‘best girls’ in the brothel and pimps never want to lose such girls. Kris already started to make a plan for their future and how his family going to react. In short, he wanted to marry Radha at any cost.

Kris’s appeal went to the brothel owner Sunil, who gave him a task (not to mention it was illegal) in lieu of releasing Radha.

The story takes a turn here where Kris has to decide what he needs to do next. Should he forget Radha and move on with his life? Should he take the risk and make Radha his wife? Should he trust a pimp? How are they going to be one?

Kris’s journey is spread from Mumbai, Pune, southern part of India and Sri Lanka. To see these countries and cities through the eyes of the writer is totally amusing yet hard to swallow. With this, the author has also narrated the plight of these poor girls and how rooted this illegal business is.

Writing style:

The author has a unique writing skill. He has excellently used satire at many places and with the same excellence, he has described other events. The narration will keep you absorbed until the end. The language is simple and can be understood easily.

My perception:

This book will give you a shock, make you smile and cry. Being a girl I was literally devastated reading Radha’s plight. The love story of Kris and Radha is totally heart touching. Seeing the Indian cities through the eyes of the author is very interesting. There are various sexual explicit contents in this book; hence I would not recommend this book to those who are not comfortable with this. Overall, this book is an amazing digest of a description of Indian cities, a blooming love story and struggle of lovers in an unusual love story. If you want to read something out of the box and unique, I strongly recommend this book.

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Until next time, Keep reading 🙂 

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.

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