Women Who Wear Only Themselves


This book gives us a glimpse into the lives of four self-contained, unapologetic female spiritual travellers. Sensitive, insightful and spare, Women Who Wear Only Themselves is a revelation and a celebration.

Sri Annapurani Amma left the safety of home and family to follow the summons of a long-dead saint. Like Akka Mahadevi and Lal Ded before her, she chooses to live naked, and sometimes delivers prophecies, but what shines through is her humour and crazily one-pointed devotion to her path.

Soon after her tenth birthday, Balarishi Vishwashirasini was predicting futures—in no time she was transformed into a guru. Now in her thirties, this gifted teacher of nada yoga admits to sometimes feeling she’s missed out on a real childhood.

Lata Mani, a respected academician in the US, was plunged into the path of tantra after a major accident left her with a brain injury. Today, she talks of how the spiritual life is deeply anchored in the wisdom of the body—not unlike the soaring yet rooted redwood trees of her adopted home.

Maa Karpoori, a feisty young woman, found her calling when she joined a local yoga class. Through a rollercoaster ride that catapulted her from marriage to monkhood, she retains her fierce independence and contagious joy of living.

Arundhathi introducing the book on Instagram

Arundhathi speaking about the book with Aalaap on Instagram and with Sonya J. Nair for Ahmedabad Book Club on Facebook and Amruta Patil for Kitabkhana

Arundhathi speaks to acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer Alarmel Valli about the book.

Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga

Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga

(co-author with Sadhguru)

Harper Element, 2017


Adiyogi is symbol and myth, historic figure and living presence, creator and destroyer, outlaw and ascetic, cosmic dancer and passionate lover, all at once. A book like no other, this extraordinary document is a tribute to Shiva, the Adiyogi, by a living yogi; a chronicle of the progenitor of mysticism by a contemporary mystic.


Penguin Ananda/India Viking,

2013, ISBN: 9780143421122

2010, ISBN: 978-0670085125

This is the extraordinary story of Sadhguru—a young agnostic who turned yogi, a wild motorcyclist who turned mystic, a sceptic who turned spiritual guide. 

the book of buddha

The Book of Buddha (Penguin, 2005) traces the various stages of the spiritual journey undertaken by a man who started out as Siddhartha the Seeker, achieved understanding as Shakyamuni the Sage and attained supremacy as Tathagata the Master—finally reaching transcendence as Jina the Victor when he was transformed into the Buddha and became the Enlightened One. 

PILGRIM’S INDIA, (An Anthology of Essays and Poems on Sacred Journeys)

PILGRIM’S INDIA, (as editor) Penguin India,

2011, Reprint : Nov 2019, ISBN: 9780143414148

The book is about all journeys impelled by the idea of the sacred. It brings together essays and poems-from the Katha Upanishad, Fa-Hien, Basavanna and Kabir to Paul Brunton, Richard Lannoy, Amit Chaudhuri, Arun Kolatkar and others-about various aspects of trips undertaken in the name of God.