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Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet: Indian Traditions in Beauty and Health Hardcover – September 18, 2007

4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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“A delightful pot-pourri of a book, full of rich scents, exotic titbits and delicious surprises. This is far more than just a beauty book for women, it is also a repository of Indian culture, much of it garnered first hand from the last generation of India’s princesses and royal families.” (Charles Allen, author of the international bestseller, Plain Tales from the Raj)

About the Author

Sharada Dwivedi is the author and publisher of numerous books about her native India. Her interest in folk medicine stems from personal memories of home remedies used in her family for many generations. She lives in Mumbai, India.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061246530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061246531
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura De Giorgio on September 14, 2009
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This books is written by one princess, co-authored by another princess, has a foreword by yet another princess, and includes photographs of many other princesses - as someone pointed out - it's pretty much an Indian princess diary.

The book is written in a very charming style and contains priceless black and white, and color photographs of Indian princesses, maharanis and few rajas, of different plants used for health and beauty, as well as of an assortment of traditional utensils used for preparing, storing and applying herbal preparations. In that respect, a book is somewhat like visiting an Indian health and beauty museum.

While the main reason I have purchased this book was to learn more about a variety of Indian herbal preparations, the charm of this book is that these preparations for health and beauty are also presented in a context of the author's life which brings those herbal preparations to life. As author exchanged notes with women from other parts of India - either with women who lived in the same region she did through marriage, or with those she met during her travels through India - about their health and beauty customs, she also shares these variations and preferences - so you may find different remedies that may help to alleviate the same health and beauty issues. For example, she would mention that some women may be partial to coconut oil, some to sesame oil and some even to mustard oil. Oiling ones body from head to toe and massaging one's body helps in many ways to detoxify the body, to moisturize it, to keep it healthy and beautiful. Some of the most popular herbs used to alleviate all kinds of health and beauty problems are turmeric and amla.
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Just thought I'd add a brief observation on the purely visual delights of this beautifully produced title. The soft, colorful dust jacket hints of classic charm, and the book delivers, offering an abundance of shiny, high-quality color pix on heavy matte white stock.

Whether classic old sepia photo portraits; hi-res botanical prints; reproductions of costumes, toilette artifacts and beauty ads; formal theme paintings and scenic hand-toned lithos; or depictions of jewelry, storage vessels and spices, you'll want to just eat up these delicious images.

The book is a one-volume eye opener to the many extra-religious dimensions of an India we only think we know. Those old portraits are so dignified, the costumes so enchanting, the children so captivating!

Check out the sensitively rendered madonna-and-child painting on page 46, the gemlike princessa painting on page 82, and especially the languid "Garbo" on page 144! Much of the real India, whether modest or opulent, is the India at home. Perusing this book is the next best thing to being taken in by an Indian family, and shown the album and apartments!
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I am currently study Ayurveda, and love this book.
I tried some of the recipes for Masques and Face Creams.
If you are into Beauty, this book is a must have..
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Amazing book! Interesting ans easy read and very informative. I don't usually read books, I thought it was going to be more about recipe for facials and haircare.....but I've read this one twice. It is so well written. I just want to languish in it....I wish I could experience a week of living her life...or a month....anyway, I walked away with a wonderful story and the recipes I as looking for. I may just have to read it again...cover to cover!
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This book isnt really a how to book. I would not get it if your looking for percise recipes for beauty treatments. Its more of a cultural book. Its as if some one asked the author to explain how beauty played a role in her life and this book was her answer. Its filled with stories and beautiful photos of Indian beauty.
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I decided to purchase this book among others because of the beautiful cover.I was expecting a beauty book with recipes like a cookbook,to my surprise is a whole novel narrated by an fictional princess telling you about life in India secrets from the palaces walls and all these women from different regions of India ,the book takes you to the palace and shows you how the treatments were made and the long hours preparation for the sake of beauty ,It describes beauty regimen and of course the recipes. To get a recipes you have to read the book ,it is made to wake up all your senses and the recipes are easy to make all you have to do is Knowing where to look for ingredients(All in the internet).In overall it is brain candy with luscious photos of Real princesses and children .I give this book 5 stars I want more recipes!!!
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