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BOOK REVIEW FROM INDIE BOOK REVIEWERS
1st Review:
The way he writes and puts it all together is very educational, eye-opening, and ultimately transformative.

This book, "Hinduism: Beyond Rituals. Customs and Traditions"
by Promod Puri was actually far more interesting and insightful than Ifirst expected it to be (no offense to the author). I just wasn't surewhat I was getting myself in for, but as I started reading I wastransfixed by Mr. Puri's impressive knowledge of Hinduism and the manyfacets of it, and how it relates to life in general... and the way hewrites and puts it all together is very educational, eye-opening, andultimately transformative.
"Hinduism..." is anabsolute 'must read' for anyone who wants to learn more about thisfascinating religion. I feel like Mr. Puri does a fantastic job ofwriting in such a way that is informative and engaging at the same time, and I found myself interested the whole way through. It is quite denseand full of information, as it should be. A wonderful read, a definitekeeper.(5 stars)
- James Masters
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2nd Review:

I think anyone who wants to learn more about Hinduism, or just beinginspired to expand their level of awareness of the religion that so many follow, they should definitely read this book.

I was very impressed by the high quality writing and research that went into this book, "Hinduism-Beyond Rituals, Customs, and Traditions" by Promod Puri. I thought the book was very thorough on the topic ofHinduism and all it encompasses, and intelligently constructed in a waythat has a great flow from one topic to the next. The author has a giftfor explaining his ideas/viewpoints and the writing was very good. Thepacing and structure is perfect and I think anyone who wants to learnmore about Hinduism, or just being inspired to expand their level ofawareness of the religion that so many follow, they should definitelyread this book. It really makes you think, and see in in a differentlight. It is probably recommended for older teens and up, and I couldtotally see this being used in a college classroom. (5 stars).
-Essie Harmon
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3rd Review

It is very engaging and the author writes with great knowledge and passion as he takes on certain aspects of Hinduism in a way I've never readbefore, and I was so impressed with the depth of Puri's detailing on his reports and the way he is able to explain so much about Hinduism that I didn't even know.


"Hinduism"
by PromodPuri is a must-read for anyone studying, or interested in, the topic ofHinduism. It is very engaging and the author writes with great knowledge and passion as he takes on certain aspects of Hinduism in a way I'venever read before, and I was so impressed with the depth of Puri'sdetailing on his reports and the way he is able to explain so much about Hinduism that I didn't even know. At times I did feel it could haveused some trimming down as it felt a bit repetitive and lacked somefocusing, and the formatting made it hard to read occasionally (allleft-justified block text - could have benefitted from more white space, visually). But that said, I did enjoy it very much, and learned a lot - even more than I expected. I liked how Mr. Puri writes, verydown-to-earth and relatable, yet very intelligent and entertaining. Andall in all was an enjoyable, and very important type of read. (4 stars)
-Gillian Hancock
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4rth Review

I have read several books on theology and sometimes I get the sensethat most are just recycling old information. Well, for this book itseems like I read a lot of new ideas presented in a new way.

I will start by saying this is a wonderful book that I liked much morethan I was expecting to! I have read several books on theology andsometimes I get the sense that most are just recycling old information.Well, for this book it seems like I read a lot of new ideas presented in a new way. The content was mostly new to me and laid out in a simpleway that is well-written and very easy to follow. Promod Puri does agreat job sharing his insightful, interactive take on certain elementsof the religious doctrine and its many roles in a cultural,philosophical, and personal context. Some parts are more interestingthan others, some were too 'dry' and esoteric for my tastes, but overall it is fast paced, informative, and easy to read... at times impossible to put down! I recommend this book, "Hinduism: Beyond Rituals, Customs, and Traditions" to anyone who wants to attain greater spiritual awareness and see adifferent side of Hinduism that you maybe haven't really studied before. Read it with an open mind and you will be impressed. (4 stars)
-Steph Coleman
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5th Review:


I think anyone who wants to learn more about Hinduism, or just beinginspired to expand their level of awareness of the religion shoulddefinitely read this book.

Even though I am not a Hindu I do have some friends/acquaintances who are, and I thought reading thisbook might give me even more insight as to how they think and believe.What I really liked was how the author Promod Puri wrote this in a waythat everyone could understand and appreciate, not just Hindus or people who were very familiar with the religion. I feel like he coveredseveral important topics in great detail and depth, but without going so deep as to become like reading a straight text book. Although esotericat times, this book can still be read and easily understood by Hindusand non-Hindus alike, and I thought the book was very insightful andwell-crafted in a way that has a great transitions from one subject tothe next in a coherent manner. The author has a gift for explaining hisideas/viewpoints and the writing was very good. The editing is perfectand I think anyone who wants to learn more about Hinduism, or just being inspired to expand their level of awareness of the religion shoulddefinitely read this book. (4-5 stars)
-Darla Ortiz-
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6th Review
Even if you are not a Hindu this book has a lot of great information in it and I recommend highly.

"Hinduism..."
by Promod Puri was an eye opening and inspiring book with a positivemessage, even if some of the text was complex and almost scholarly attimes... it is what makes the author's message all the more powerful, inmy opinion. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understandbetter what and how Hindus think and what they believe. I for one neverreally understood the many different aspects of Hinduism, so this wascertainly educational. The author gives very specific arguments and'questions' that help to understand the religion better, and answerswith some well-documented research of his own. The whole thing was justso easy to comprehend (even when it was dense) and felt very easy torelate to... Even if you are not a Hindu this book has a lot of greatinformation in it and I recommend highly. (5 stars)
-Brenda Maxwell
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MORE VIEW AND REVIEW:
Amazing!!excellently written book in a simple way on a complicated subject
Hinduism is not a religion,it is a science in itself
Must read book for all
Great job done by the author
Dr Sandeep Dhavan
Gastroenterologist, Chandigarh, India
 
"A journey of self-discovery

Often, we're not introduced to religion, rarely are we given a choice to pickone. Born in a Hindu family, you follow Hinduism, which as the debategoes is more than a religion; a way of life.
When you start reading the book, Hinduism: Beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions
by author (Editor-Journalist) Promod Puri you get thick deep into this debate. Yet, no thoughts are forced upon you.
The book is a rationale read. There are facts, anecdotes, theories andexamples; each one to his/her. It talks of rituals, and how they provide an architecture to a religion but they're not cure-all miracles. "Suchcustoms generate fanaticism," the author writes.
For most of us,the history of Hinduism is what we grew up listening to, observed people following. Here, you learn of the ages, civilizations and periods thatled to its origin.
Why do we chant the word Om, why does it bringpeace to our senses? Is Hari Om just a greeting, mere two-word mantra?As kids, many of us were asked to scribble the words Om on the firstpage of our books, or taught to hum the Gayatri Mantra on special days - it energized us, why and how?
We worship an idol, visit a temple, especially if celebrating a festival. In modern age, we are told toperform the Surya Namaskar every morning, and told Hollywood celebrities do so too!
A Ramayana is still part of trousseau in many homes, a Mahabharata (if not read) is watched by families, together - for manyof us, it was once a Sunday ritual. What do scriptures teach us?
And there are the controversial topics of caste and the honour of womenthat appear in this book too. You may be dancing, singing or meditating - is that part of Hinduism too?
If you fret over Karma, and believe your strength lies in the 'self' then you will find the last leg of the book most interesting. Find your answers in this read".
Purva Grover, Founder & Editor- The Indian Trumpet, Dubai, UAE
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"It is a very concise book and every statement is like an aphorism thatneeds to be contemplated upon to appreciate its depth and width".
This review is from: Hinduism: Kindle Edition
Promod Puri has presented fresh and new perspectives to an ageless philosophyand religion.The book presents the topic of Hinduism as an easy read for the first timer as well as provides new points to ponder for someonewho is well versed with the topic of Hinduism! Though terse andjournalistic, this philosophizing on the philosophy of Hinduism is amust read.
Dr. Sanjay Grover, Solan, India
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"Very objective, fair, critical, yet respectful observation. Hinduism- "itstimulates and encourages debate, protest, amendments and even deletions of those doctrines or beliefs which are senseless, derogatory, and farfrom truth" is probably the definition of Hinduism that I could find.The challenge in my view is to create the will, the movement, and desire "to be change". A welcome addition for creating, supporting, andfacilitating debate on a topic that is indeed a 'multidisciplinaryacademy'. Congratulations to Mr. Promod Puri ji".
Jai Birdi
,Canada
DETAILED BUT CONCISE OVERVIEW

Most of us who grew up practicing Hinduism in our daily lives oftenunderstand the religion through rituals (poojas), mantras, stories (like the Ramayan) and a series of rules and obligations. We often wonder how we'd teach these customs to our kids in the age of social media,selfies and the internet.
Hinduism has a reputation for beingvast, democratic and multi-faceted, and this book does an excellent jobof boiling it down, helping the reader understand its philosophy, whereit came from and why it relevant today, especially in this age ofawareness.
The book explores the history and evolution of thereligion and also importantly discusses who influenced the religion,both good and bad. Some philosophers encouraged scientific curiosity and rational thought, while others (for example) sought to divide itsfollowers by advocating the caste system. It discusses science, karmaand yoga, and helps shed light on how to apply its ancient wisdom today.
Ultimately the book is a detailed but concise overview of a very dense andcomplicated topic, and the reader is left encouraged to look deeper into the parts of Hinduism that interests them the most. It does require the reader to focus and pay attention, and a dictionary might be usefultoo. I found myself rewarded with a greater awareness of its relevanceand a sense of how I might apply the thinking in my own life.
Naveen Gopal, Delta, Canada

From the Author

Moving beyond its rituals, customs andtraditions, this study on Hinduism explores the spiritual and metaphysicalaspects of the religion, and succinctly perceives its entirety. 
 
The depth and vastness of Hinduism touchevery aspect of human observation and activity. And the consequence offers ameaningful perspective of the religion which recognizes the universalconnectivity existing in the nature.
 
This reading is not an academic researchpaper, nor is it an attempt to be motivational to offer teachings in the faith.It is delving into spiritual and philosophical knowledge comprehended andassembled since antiquity. 
 
The pursuit results in sharing of thatknowledge along with submission of intuitive and stimulated thoughts,interpretations, perceptions and views by an ordinary observer belonging to theHindu faith.
 
BEYOND THE WAY OF LIFE
 
Hinduism is not merely a religion or asthe cliché goes: a way of life. It is a multi-disciplinary academy as well.Confining it to an immovable status of being religion alone is to barricade itfrom its inherent evolution. Hinduism is an ocean of knowledge and philosophieswhich stimulates the thought that there is more to experience beyond "theway of life".
 
A two-fold approach has been made in thispresentation. One is to expose the liberal, progressive and secular nature andconstitution of Hinduism. And the other one is to introduce rational andempirical interpretations of philosophies and numinous concepts comprising themulti-facet structure of the faith.
 
In its liberal setup the acceptance ofHindu doctrines and practices is based more on logical and discerning strengthsrather than observable rituals and customs.
Moving beyond its rituals, customs andtraditions, this study on Hinduism explores the spiritual and metaphysicalaspects of the religion, and succinctly perceives its entirety. 
 
The depth and vastness of Hinduism touchevery aspect of human observation and activity. And the consequence offers ameaningful perspective of the religion which recognizes the universalconnectivity existing in the nature.
 
This reading is not an academic researchpaper, nor is it an attempt to be motivational to offer teachings in the faith.It is delving into spiritual and philosophical knowledge comprehended andassembled since antiquity. 
 
The pursuit results in sharing of thatknowledge along with submission of intuitive and stimulated thoughts,interpretations, perceptions and views by an ordinary observer belonging to theHindu faith.
 
BEYOND THE WAY OF LIFE
 
Hinduism is not merely a religion or asthe cliché goes: a way of life. It is a multi-disciplinary academy as well.Confining it to an immovable status of being religion alone is to barricade itfrom its inherent evolution. Hinduism is an ocean of knowledge and philosophieswhich stimulates the thought that there is more to experience beyond "theway of life".
 
A two-fold approach has been made in thispresentation. One is to expose the liberal, progressive and secular nature andconstitution of Hinduism. And the other one is to introduce rational andempirical interpretations of philosophies and numinous concepts comprising themulti-facet structure of the faith.
 
In its liberal setup the acceptance ofHindu doctrines and practices is based more on logical and discerning strengthsrather than observable rituals and customs.


-Promod Puri, Author" Hinduism:beyond rituals, customs and tradition"

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  • Publication Date: January 13, 2016
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