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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Setubandh Publications; 0002- edition (August 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962367478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962367472
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bharat S. Shah is a medical doctor practicing in New York. He has been interested and actively involved in building bridges across cultures, religions, and languages. He has published several books for classroom teaching or for self-study of Asian Indian languages e.g., Gujarati, Sanskrit, English, and the Devanagari script (used for Hindi, Marathi, and Sanskrit languages). He has also published a simple, introductory text on Jainism, an ancient religion emphasizing extreme non-violence, respect for the environment, and social equality. Dr. Shah has been widely published in medical and lay media, and he has given several lectures, interviews, and crash courses on various alphabets. He has authored an autobiographical docu-novel based on his wife's liver transplant. He has been a secreatry and then the president of the Gujarati Literary Academy of North America. He enjoys presenting an extremely complex subject matter in a simple and humorous manner.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Will Jerom on May 14, 2009
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This is a good introduction to Jainism - I would rate it 3 and ½ stars. The author writes for a young audience, hoping that the children of Jains that are living in the west and estranged from the roots of their tradition will be reconnected with it. The book is very clear and easy to understand, and perhaps the author assumes too much that his young audience will grow impatient. This book could be read by high school or young college students as an introduction to the Jain faith. In addition to a summary of Jain beliefs, it has a valuable (albeit too brief) summary of important and prominent Jains, as well as a bit about the lives of a few of the Tirthankaras. If the author erred it was in the direction of simplicity, and the attempt to make the material as accessible as possible. He succeeds in the latter, and I would recommend this book for young readers, or novices, who are unaware of, but curious about the Jain religion.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on July 20, 2005
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Having been reluctant to learn about Jainism my entire life, this book showed me that a book does not have to be boring just because it's about religion. I really like the author's writing style and his simple approach to explaining what I always thought were complicated tenets. I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Urmish R. Mehta on July 15, 2007
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This is an excellent and practical introduction to Jainism especially for young Jains born in the countries other than India. Dr. Shah has emphasized the practice part of Jainism rather than theories. He has covered all the major practices practiced by lay Jains today in India in their daily life. He has kept the discussion at the level that is logically acceptable by a lay person or the one who has no roots in Jainism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Fulton on July 28, 2010
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This is a pretty good intro to Jainism. It is neither too complex nor too simple. It gives enough to start you on the way to understanding the belief system. There are deeper books out there but this assumes you know nothing but the name. It is a good starting point.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lorne on April 8, 2014
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It isn't often that I regret buying a book. This is one of those occasions. Perhaps I didn't do my homework. I mean, it's written for a Junior High kid's comprehension level. Moreover, the use of second-person perspective ("You this..." and "You that...") makes it especially cloying. Perhaps if it were retitled "Jainism for Dummies" clients would be more satisfied.
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