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Am I A Hindu? The Hinduism Primer Paperback – August 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Halo Books (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879904063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879904064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This primer, serving some of the vast sweep of Hindu belief and practice, takes the form of dialog between a Hindu father and his American-born son. The son wants to understand his family's religious traditions and discover what is relevant for him today. The book is useful not only to American Hindus but to those who want a nontechnical introduction to Hinduism as lived today. The book also explains how Hinduism engages in dialog with Western science and culture. Recommended for large public libraries and undergraduate collections.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The best introduction to the tenants of Hinduism I have yet read.

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Hope you will write more books just like this one.
Priya Shah
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn about Hinduism.
Indira Narayanasamy
Unlike all other books I read about Hinduism, this book is very simple.
poojapatel

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
Reading Hindu philosophical books is my hobby and I never ever read a book like this. This may be the only book in the market discussing about Hinduism as the culture of India not as an organized religion. This book is very very simple without too many Sanskrit words and it can be even read by a 12 year old. It deals with almost all aspects of Hinduism. It is in a Question and Answer fomat between a father and son and as such it is spelbounding. Book is filled with very descriptive flow charts on "end of the world"; "caste system", "world religions"; "Hindu scriptures"; etc and I for one will highly recommend this book for every one on earth. I did not see any kind of bias in this book like the "reader from Calcutta" is talking about.. In the chapter Untochables [page-250], author describes caste system as a "curse on Hinduism" and quotes a great Indian Untouchable leader Ambedkar who said: "To the untouchables, Hinduism is a veritable chamber of horrors" . There is no cover up of animal sacrifice in Hinduism in this book. On the contarary, this book discusses about animal sacrifice in the chapter "The Cow & Hindus". I am amazed to see this book even subjects such as Tantra, Kama Sutra and erotic sex, which Hindu authors normally do not discuss in their books. Surprisingly, book repeatedly states that "Hinduism has no monopoly on Truth & God" and at the end ask the reader even to read books such as Holy Bible & Holy Koran in their search after truth. So I highly recommend this book for anyone out there who is in search of truth.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alan Fensin on December 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been a voracious reader of books on Hinduism since child hood and I never ever saw a book like this. This is the most lively, compelling and informative book on hinduism that I have ever read. This book is filled with many great flow charts simplify different aspects of Hinduism such as WORLD RELIGIONS, HINDU SECTS, HINDU GODS, HINDU SCRIPTURES, END OF THE WORLD
I have no idea what the 'reader from calcutta" is talking about, unless his idea is to put down a great book like this so that nobody will read and understand the ancient, intriguing & thought provoking Hindu culture. The author of this book has taken extreme measures to discuss every minute detail of the complex culture of India in very simple language. There is absolutely no mix up of metaphysics and mythology in this book. Nor is there any dogma or demagoguery. In fact, 90 chapters [ in questions and answers format between a 14 year old american born Indian teenager and his middle aged father] are laid out in a very systematic manner staring with SHRUTI literature like VEDAS, UPANISHADS and ending with PURANAS and ITHIHASAS.
Believe me, I never read a book on Hindusim in which the author discussed Charvaka's material philosophy or Hindu dances or Hindu carnatic music. This book even deals with subjects like KAMA SUTRA, TANTRISM and DEVADASI. Normally Hindu authors shy away from discussing such erotic subjects. The author never downplayed negative aspects of the caste system. Instead he called the CASTE SYSTEM, the greatest curse on Hinduism [page -250]. The book even quotes Ambedkar, who said: " To the untouchables, Hinduism is a veritable chamber of horrors."
No wonder copies of this book is sought after by millions of people all over the globe.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "vishnugsharma" on October 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was born and raised in a very orthodox Hindu family and as such I have read many books on Hinduism. With all honestly, I have to admit, I never ever saw a book like this about Sanathana Dharma or Hinduism. This book covers everything one wanted to know about Hinduism, and answers every question one will have about Hinduism, specially the questions every Indian child will have, in a very lucid, well organized style. There are many well illustrated educational flow charts about different aspects of Hinduism in this book. I have not seen such charts in any other Hindu book. Am I A Hindu? can be described as an encyclopedia of Hinduism, dealing with the history of Hinduism, the sacred scriptures from Vedas to Puranas and major branches of Hinduism, such as Vaisnavism, Saivism, and Saktism. Mr. Viswanathan has done an excellent job of explaining very complex Hindu philosophies and beliefs with out sacrificing the subtle truths ancient Hindu scriptures convey to the world. Amazing that he achieved all this with out mentioning many Sanskrit verses from Hindu scriptures. I urge every one, especially Indians, to read this book.. I have decided to give copies of this book as Christmas presents to some of my co-workers who constantly ask me questions about Hinduism. Mr, Viswanathan, you have indeed done a great job and pray that you will write and publish more books on Hinduism.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By poojapatel on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I saw this book for the very first time, while browsing through a book store in London Heathrow airport. Honestly, what caught my eyes is the name of the book. Unlike all other books I read about Hinduism, this book is very simple. I read the whole book during my flight from London to New York. This book answered all my questions I had about my culture my culture as well as my religion. I also learned so aspects of Christianity also from this book. The book also helped me to answer all type of questions my Christian friends ask me. Now when they ask me, "Why Hindus worship many gods?" I can answer them, "Hindus worship the one and only God - Brahman which express itself in many forms." When they ask me, "Why Hindus worship idols?" I can answer them, "Like every one else, including Christians, Hindus use idols or icons to concentrate on God who has no name or form." I can also tell them that Hindus believe that every person who search after truth will attain salvation [ self-realization] irrespective of whether he or she is a Hindu or Christian or Moslem. Am I A Hindu? is indeed a book for Indians born in the west who are desperately trying to learn about their faith. In short, AM I A HINDU? Is a great book for anyone who wants to know everything about Hinduism. An amazing book without any dogma or demagoguery.
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