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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061246530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061246531
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet" is a luscious full-colour volume that shares the home recipes and remedies of Indian health and beauty - through the voice of an Indian princess sharing secrets with her granddaughter. A national bestseller in India, this extraordinary book draws on the lives of real figures in royal Indian history, and the ways in which the women of the Indian court found friendship, faith, and love through their beauty and traditions. Similar to "Like Water for Chocolate", this is both a historical tale and a rich cultural tapestry, filled with ancient remedies, recipes, and tonics used to soften skin, silken hair, and enrich the body like no store-bought product can. Additionally, the book includes health care remedies for women in all stages of life-from puberty to pregnancy to menopause. Packed with masks, scrubs, and potions that can be made at home, it is at once a beauty book and a soulful, ancient story of Indian life.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Malsingh on 29 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book about Indias health and beauty tradition, as well as superstitions and other cultural tidbits. Because the information is given in the form of a fictional memoir, it is very easy and enjoyable to read. As well as lots of information, there are a few recipes (both edible and apply-able) at the back of the book. A must-read for anyone interested in natural health and beauty and in India's ancient traditions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tejinder Pabla on 20 Oct. 2013
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Excellent customer service. Fast delivery as item was dispatched pretty fast.. Fab quality of Book. Very impressed with service. Well done.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Goddess110 on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I didnt make much of this book. it was not well written, hardly informative, and i wish i had not bought it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Charming book with natural remedies, beauty tips and priceless illustrations 14 Sept. 2009
By Laura De Giorgio - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

The book is written by women for women, so you may find a remedy for permanent hair removal which involves turmeric - however, she points out that fresh turmeric was used, made into an oil and massaged into bodies of baby girls on daily basis for six months and that after puberty - it may not be so effective, or at least it may be more challenging. She mentions that when mothers share the knowledge of herbal preparations with their daughters they also point out what is each herb in the preparation supposed to do, as well as that since herbs tend to work slowly over time, to patiently keep on using them, so that girls wouldn't quit if they don't see results after a week or two.

The herbal preparations mentioned in this book range from those that may help a woman to conceive, have a comfortable delivery, help the woman's (female) body parts to shrink and return to normal state after the birth of a child, some exotic ways of contraception and the doses used if a woman wants just to have a short break from conceiving, or a bit longer break, or doesn't want to have any more children; Indian aphrodisiacs, skin care for oily or dry skin, remedies for morning sickness, and many more.

In this age where we all seem to be so rushed and no one has enough time to do all the things she'd like to do, reading this book may make you feel as if you were visiting a place where people lived in a way that is unimaginable today - where women had all the time in the world and could spend hours each day gathering herbs, preparing them fresh from the garden, and then pampering themselves.

The herbal preparations are dispersed throughout the book and there is a separate section with recipes near the end of the book and since the ingredients can be purchased, some at local grocery stores, and some over the internet - they are easy to prepare. Very helpful are also few pages that contain a listing and cross-reference of herbs using their English name, Latin name and Indian name.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Comprehensive Visual Stunner -- Reason enough to own and display! 4 Dec. 2008
By Beyond-Is-Within Also - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet 29 Oct. 2007
By Susan A. Rondon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book! 19 Feb. 2010
By deionc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Princess Diary... 14 Jun. 2009
By Alegna Del Valle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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