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The Buddha of the Brothel

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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.
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Published September 20th 2017 by Fingerprint! Publishing
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Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)
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!

You can read the fu
Readers Cosmos
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The blurb does no justice to its contents except for its declaration of being a "true story".

A true story- a depiction of life is a fine concoction of a bland and as tasteful in different pockets, as life itself. This book does complete justice to this balance, that being its greatest merit.
The depths of Indian ashrams, sex market in the country, etc. is written about but these aspects aren't written in depths Shantaram went into with Mumbai underworld. If that is what you are looking for this
Chitra Iyer
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Buddha of the Brothel by Kris Advaya is quite the book! Everyone has been raving about it on FB and Instagram and when I was kindly offered a copy by the publisher Fingerprint! Publishing, I was thrilled, to say the least!

The Buddha of the Brothel is a true story. It is a personal account of the author who is a Slovenian by birth and has mastered the mediation and chanting techniques on his previous visits to India. This time, though, he comes to India in order to familiarize himself with ay
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The Buddha of the Brothel is the story of a part of Author Kris Advaya’s journey that brought him to India. Trying to leave behind his experiences of army and that of loss, Kris came to India with hopes of starting a fresh phase in his life that would include spirituality, meditation and Ayurveda. Instead of the calm, he found the storm when he met Radha, a sex worker. Getting sucked into the world of flesh trade and pimps was the last thing he had planned. But life doesn’t always follow a plan
Wangmo Ghalley
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
4 pretty useful things I learned from the book. Thank you?

1. You are totally into her if you come out so fast (if you know what I mean)
2. Hanuman is a Saturn-carrying monkey
3. “Gym” came from a Greek word meaning “naked”
4. Pune is the unofficial HIV capital of India
Abhilash Ruhela
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am just done reading the book with one of the most interesting titles “The Buddha of the Brothel” written by the debutante, Kris Advaya. The title and the cover page of the book, both are enough interesting to not let you pick it up. The book took me more than a week to complete because of the author’s style of writing English and narrating the story. This is the first time when I have read such kind of a narration of a story which could have been written in a simpler language. I found it litt ...more
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Full review on my blackberry from Poesy In Chrysalis :

Though this book is not completely a personal account of the author, he does include some true to life events which he had come across during his trip to India. Kris Advaya who takes a break from his regular life visits India to study Ayurvedic Massage. What he didn’t saw coming was falling for Radha who worked in the red light district of Pune. We all know the issues related to sex market. It’s not a
Siddhi Palande
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Fingerprint Publishers' The Buddha Of The Brothel by Kris Adavaya is a story set in the most dingy, dark, and neglected and sometimes frequented by some, alleys of a cosmopolitan where humanity doesn't exist.

The novel is said to be a true story of the author who had landed in India to gain spiritual respite from his past. This is not his first visit to India. He has been our guest multiple times before. However, this time is different. It brings him closer to the sex workers in a cosmopolitan a
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I came across this book on Goodreads and fell in love with the title. I was very curious to know who this Buddha was and immediately bought the book. The cover was another reason for getting the book.
Initially, the story was quite good and became interesting the moment the female lead of the story was introduced. I liked the fact that the guy has fallen in love with the girl irrespective of her background, work or looks. This point has played a key role in building excitement and I couldn't put
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is supposed to be non-fiction, but is exciting enough to read as a fiction. I found myself zipping through the pages eagerly wanting to find out how it all ends.

The protagonist Kris is very endearing. He is a gentle soul who believes in Radha - a prostitute in spite of her profession, and the very shady people around her. I found this aspect of the story very touching. His journeys through the underbelly of India is also interesting and fun to read.

Normally, books by foreign authors a
Vidhya Thakkar
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the cover of the book, its damm attractive. I loved the plot, it's out of the box and amazing. Its Kris's journey to find peace where he falls in love with Radha who is a sex worker. The author very well describes each and every situations and built very strong characters. Each and every scene that the author described is very connecting. One can easily connect with the book. The pace of the story is also smooth and lil slow with which reader can easily connect. the author used very simp ...more
Privy Trifles
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me be honest here when I read the title of the book and the blurb my first impression was that it was part noir and part fiction. But the quirky title along with the strikingly beautiful cover had me at the first glimpse and I had to read this one. I am so glad I did, without allowing my first impressions impact my overall opinion about the book. This book is part memoir, part travelogue, part romance, part biography - all put together so nicely that when you finish reading it you have the s ...more
Anil Dhingra
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
It's a different type of a book. I enjoyed because I have stayed long in Pune and the spots are familiar.
Here the author falls in love with a prostitute and wants to marry her. He writes about his varied experience in India as he tries to meet the pimp's demands and gets into the smuggling network.
He also explores the spiritual side with meditation and rajnish ashram.
Written more like a narrative it's not an easy read.
Kirti Changlani
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this one will be a story like "Sold" or "Laxmi - the movie", but it turns out that this is non-fiction memoir by the Author. I was deeply drawn to the story in the beginning. But in between it turns boring. The story is simple as to how Kris goes through everything to save a girl from the brothel. Further, I won't comment because it's his own life story. Anyone who likes the initially mentioned type of realistic stories may go for it.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
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May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a awesome reading, but sad news is that you did nit get Radha. Instead of ur hard love and passion for her, They stolen ur heart piece from you. If it is a true story, Kris you are a awesome lover and passionate love hero. Love from India.
Youhan Sunny
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It's an entertaining read. Don't expect too much for it though
Sushama Nair
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Excellent read for every open-minded reader. Every emotion is nicely projected by the author which directly touches the reader’s heart... Must read..
Nicole Garnet
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
To be short and sweet , this book was definitely not my cup of tea. The beginning was interesting but mid way I lost all interest. I completed it because I started it not because I enjoyed it
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