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Apr 8, 2022 Vikram Sampath
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As the intellectual fountainhead of the ideology of Hindutva, which is in political ascendancy in India today, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is undoubtedly one of the most contentious political thinkers and leaders of the 20th century. Accounts of his eventful and stormy life have oscillated from eulogizing hagiographies to disparaging demonization. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between and has unfortunately never been brought to light. Savarkar and his ideology stood as one of the...
Topics: History, India, Hindutva, Hindu, Hinduism, Savarkar, Vikram Sampath, Hindu Rashtra, British Raj,...
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Apr 11, 2022
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Aavarana: The Veil  by S. L. Bhyrappa is a story of a free-spirited and rebellious young woman, Lakshmi, who marries the man she is deeply in love with. Amir, her husband, requests she convert to Islam, and she reluctantly agrees. Despite her father being completely against the marriage, she breaks ties with him and changes her name to Razia. However, things change for the worse, and she discovers a different side to Amir. He is not the progressive and liberal person she thought he was. He,...
Topics: Love Jihad, Islam, Hinduism, Women oppression, conversion
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When destiny stood between him and his destination.  Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream - respect and dignity for human life, economic equity and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds - a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Hinduism, Maratha, Indian, India, Warrior
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Apr 12, 2022
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"After so much  tapasya  I have understood this as the highest truth: God is present in every being. There is no other God besides that. He who serves all beings serves God indeed." (Swami Vivekananda) A journey through the life of Swami Vivekananda is a study of the Indian civilization, its ethos and value system. Not only did his message of tolerance, based on knowledge, make him an exemplary spokesperson of the country, but his life's mission of creating an order of monks who...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Hinduism, Bharat, India, Hindu Sant, Spiritual Guru, Swami Vivekananda
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Apr 14, 2022
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Bhaarteey jeevan-dhaara mein jin granthon ka mahattvapoorn sthaan hai unmein puraan bhakti granthon ke roop mein bahut mahattvapoorn maane jaate hain. Puraan-saahitya bhaarateey jeevan aur saahitya kee akshunn nidhi hain. Inmein maanav jeevan ke utkarsh aur apkarsh kee anek gaathayen miltee hain. Karmkaand se gyaan kee or aate hue bhaarateey maanas chintan ke baad bhakti kee aviral dhaara pravaahit huee. Vikaas kee isee prakriya mein bahudevvaad aur nirgun brahm kee svaroopaatmak vyaakhya se...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, India, Hinduism, Hindutva
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Apr 16, 2022
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One of the only two completed novels by the famous poet and playwright Jaishankar Prasad,  Titli  is a ‘social novel’ that addresses themes of feudalism, poverty and oppression of women. First published in 1933, this novel is a part of the ‘progressive’ phase of Hindi literature where various writers were creating works to reform and improve society. In this work, Prasad attempts to depict the Indian society with its flaws and internal struggles, while being faced with ‘Western’...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, India, Novel, Hinduism
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Apr 16, 2022
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First published in 1930,  Kankal  is among the only two completed novels by famous ‘Chhayavadi’ Hindi poet and playwright Jaishankar Prasad . Kankal  is his exploration into the prevalent social issues of Indian society, as well as his critique of religious institutions, superstitions, and their role in the exploitation of women.  One evening in Prayag, on the banks of river Yamuna, a couple from Amritsar gets down from a boat and makes its way towards a young Sanyasi. They listen to...
Topics: Hindu, Hindi, Hinduism, India, Novel
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Apr 20, 2022
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Ancient Puranas and scriptures are an invaluable treasure and play a significant role in Indian literature. Devi Bhagwat Purana is a Sanskrit text that belongs to the Purana-genre of Hindu literature. The text is considered a Mahapurana (major Purana) of India. Eighteen major Puranas compile sacred tales of Gods and Goddesses. This Purana consists of twelve Skandha (sections) with 318 chapters and celebrates the divine feminine as the origin of all existence, the creator, the preserver and the...
Topics: Ancient India, Purana, Hinduism, Hindutva, Hindu, India
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Apr 20, 2022
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Shiv Puran is a book based on the various stories of Lord Shiva. Shiv, which means the auspicious one, is a popular Hindu deity and is regarded as one of the primary forms of god in Hinduism. He is one of the three most influential gods in contemporary Hinduism and is considered the supreme god within Shaivism. Shiva in his more benevolent form is depicted as a yogi who lives an ascetic life on mount Kailash. The most iconic attributes of Lord Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, a snake...
Topics: Ancient India, Purana, Hinduism, Hindutva, Hindu, India, Shiva, Saivism, Shaivism
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The Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story we can all relate to – the quest of a young hero, Nachiketa, who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality. But the insights of the Katha are scattered, hard to understand. Easwaran presents them systematically, and practically, as a way to explore deeper and deeper levels of personality, and to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?” Easwaran grew up in India, learned Sanskrit from a young...
Topics: Hindutva, Hindu Philosophy, Ancient India, India, Hinduism, Indology
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The object of this book is to provide a simple introduction to the Indian systems of philosophy. Each one of these systems has had a vast and varied development. Attempt has been made to introduce the listener to the spirit and outlook of Indian philosophy and help him to grasp thoroughly the central ideas rather than acquaint him with minute details. Modern students of philosophy feel many difficulties in understanding the Indian problems and theories. Their long experience with university...
Topics: Hindu, Hindutva, Indology, India, Hinduism
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Apr 22, 2022
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Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  emphasizes the diversity of Indian thought and is structured around six schools which have achieved classic status. How have the traditions of Indian philosophy attempted to understand the nature of reality in terms of an inner or spiritual quest? What do the distinctively Indian concepts of karma and rebirth mean? What do Indian thinkers have to say on issues of reality and knowledge — issues which are also an important part of the Western...
Topics: Sue Hamilton, India, Philosophy, Hindu, Indology, Hindutva, Hinduism, Dharma, Vedanta
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Apr 29, 2022
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In this explosive book, Suraj Yengde, a first-generation Dalit scholar educated across continents, challenges deep-seated beliefs about caste and unpacks its many layers. He describes his gut-wrenching experiences of growing up in a Dalit basti, the multiple humiliations suffered by Dalits on a daily basis, and their incredible resilience enabled by love and humour. As he brings to light the immovable glass ceiling that exists for Dalits even in politics, bureaucracy, and judiciary, Yengde...
Topics: Brahminical, Buddhism, Caste, Dalit, Hinduism, India, Sociology
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This book is a thoroughly researched primer on the 108 Upanishads, philosophical treatises that form a part of the Vedas, the revered Hindu texts. These Upanishads contain the most crystallized bits of wisdom gleaned from Hinduism. Roshen Dalal explains the concepts at the core of each Upanishad clearly and lucidly. Moreover, her vast, diverse philosophical and theological readings add priceless scholarly context to this comprehensive and fascinating volume.
Topics: Bharat, hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva, India, Indian Philosophy, Upanishad, Vedanta
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Olympus is the home of the Greek gods, much like Amravati of the Hindu devas.  Zeus, leader of Olympians, wields a thunderbolt like Indra and rides an eagle like Vishnu.  The feats of the Greek hero Heracles, known to Romans as Hercules, reminded many of Krishna, as did his name, "Hari-kula-esha" or lord of the Hari clan.  The Greek epic of a husband sailing across the sea with a thousand ships to bring his wife, Helen, back from Troy seems strikingly similar to the story of Ram...
Topics: Classics, India, Greek, Hellenism, Myths, Mythology, Hinduism
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In this landmark book, best-selling author, leadership coach and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik shows how, despite its veneer of objectivity, modern management is rooted in Western beliefs and obsessed with accomplishing rigid objectives and increasing shareholder value. By contrast, the Indian way of doing business, as apparent in Indian mythology, but no longer seen in practice, accommodates subjectivity and diversity and offers an inclusive, more empathetic way of achieving success. Great...
Topics: Buddhist, Dharamshastra, hindu, Hinduism, Hindutva, India, Jain, Lakshmi
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May 15, 2022
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Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was one of the most remarkable figures in the 20th century. Born an Untouchable - the lowest element of Indian society deemed to be outside the caste system, and literally 'untouchable' - he rose from abject village poverty to become the architect of the new Constitution of India following its independence from Britain in 1947. A combination of exceptional talent, hard work and determination, vision and luck took him to Harvard and the LSE, and then back to his home...
Topics: Buddhism, Ambedkar, Caste, Hinduism, Dalit, BiographyUntouchable
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May 16, 2022
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Upanishads are mankind's oldest works of philosophy, predating the earliest Greek philosophy. They are the concluding part of the Vedas, the ancient Indian sacred literature, and mark the culmination of a tradition of speculative thought first expressed in the Rig-Veda more than 4,000 years ago.  Remarkable for their meditative depth, spirit of doubt and intellectual honesty, the Upanishads are concerned with the knowledge of the Brahman, the Ultimate Reality, and man's relationship with it....
Topics: Upanishad, Vedanta, India, Hinduism, Hindutva, Hindu, Philosophy
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Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price. 3400 BCE. India. Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He instead imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is...
Topics: India, History, Ram, Hindu, Hinduism, Ramayana, Ayodhya, Raavan
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May 18, 2022
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Combining mystery and mythology, this epic fantasy is a global best seller with over 300,000 copies sold. India, 3400 BCE. The ancient kingdom of Mithila is divided by corruption, resentment, and poverty. An abandoned baby is found in a field protected by a vulture from a pack of wolves. Soon adopted by the rulers of the land, she is named Sita, and raised as a princess and beloved daughter. But the neglected kingdom of Mithila continues to face dangerous political troubles due to its selfish,...
Topics: India, Hindu, Hinduism, History, Historical Fiction, fantasy
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May 18, 2022
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Without the darkness, light has no purpose. Without the villain, what would the gods do? India, 3400 BCE. A land in tumult, poverty and chaos. Most people suffer quietly. A few rebel. Some fight for a better world. Some for themselves. Some don’t give a damn. Raavan. Fathered by one of the most illustrious sages of the time. Blessed by the Gods with talents beyond all. Cursed by fate to be tested to the extremes.   A formidable teenage pirate, he is filled with equal parts courage, cruelty...
Topics: Ram Chandra, India, Hinduism, Ramayana, Hindu
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May 18, 2022
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1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha ? a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make...
Topics: India, Hindu, Shiva, Hinduism, Historical Fiction
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May 19, 2022
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Today, He is a God. 4000 years ago, He was just a man. The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain. The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to...
Topics: India, Hindu, Hinduism, Shiva, Historical Fiction, Shiva Trilogy
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May 19, 2022
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Evil has risen. Only a God can stop it. Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instils dread in the fiercest of warriors. India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles. It's a war for the very soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have...
Topics: India, Shiva, Shiva Trilogy, Hindu, Hinduism, Historical Fiction
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समाज के उच्च वर्ग, विशेषतया ब्राह्मण समाज में नारी का कितना और किस तरह भावनात्मक शोषण किया जाता रहा है, इस के ज्वलंत उदाहरण हैं शरतचंद्र चट्टोपाध्याय के उपन्यास ‘ब्राह्मण की बेटी’ तथा...
Topics: Brahmin, India, Caste, Women, class, untouchability, child marriage, Hinduism
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May 20, 2022
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Itane vistrit aur vrihad granth ko alpakaay pustak ke roop mein prastut karna tha, atah saar-sankshep-pravritti varnit vishay ko ek jagah karke sankshep roop mein hee prakat kiya gaya hai. Jaise maan leejiye, adhyaay mein Ëœagniâ„¢ se sambandhit sookt das hain, kintu ve ek kram mein na hokar alag-alag bikhre hain, to hamne un sabko ek jagah karke sankshep mein prastut kiya hai.  Rigved vigyaankaand ka granth hai. Rigved shabd do shabdon ke milne se bana hai-'rik' aur 'ved'. Rik shabd...
Topics: Hindu, Hinduism, Vedas, Hindutva
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May 21, 2022
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In this compact but informative book, the author presents a concise history of the followers of one of the world's newest religions, Sikhism. Beginning with the life and times of the founder, the highly revered Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the contents move on to describe the vital contribution made by nine gurus in shaping and developing the Sikh religion. The significance of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and its centrality to the religion are emphasized. The author discusses...
Topics: India, Sikh, Sikhism, Hinduism, Punjab
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May 24, 2022
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The   Mahabharata  is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. It is of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent and is a major text of Hinduism. Its discussion of human goals ( artha  or 'purpose',  kama  or 'pleasure',  dharma  or 'duty' and  moksha  or 'liberation') takes place in a long-standing tradition, attempting to explain the relationship of the individual to society and the world (the nature of the 'self') and the workings of karma.
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Topics: India, Hindu, Epic, Ancient India, Hinduism
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One treat a day! A 23-volume series of 365 treats: stories, facts, questions and answers, and science experiments for young listeners.
Topics: India, Hindu, Hinduism, Purana, Children
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Sita is one of the defining figures of Indian womanhood, yet there is no single version of her story. Different accounts coexist in myth, literature, and folktale. Canonical texts deify Sita while regional variations humanize her. Folk songs and ballads connect her timeless predicament to the daily lives of rural women. Modern-day women continue to see themselves reflected in films, serials, and soap operas based on Sita’s narrative. Sacrifice, self-denial, and unquestioning loyalty are some...
Topics: India, Ramayana, Sita, Ram, Hinduism
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May 28, 2022
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In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day. The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Essays, Hindu
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An extraordinary detailed manual on statecraft and the science of living by one of classical India's greatest minds. Kautilya, also known as Chanakya and Vishnugupta, wrote the Arthashastra not later than AD 150, though the date has not been conclusively established. Legend has it that he was either a Brahmin from Kerala or from north India; however, it is certain that Kautilya was the man who destroyed the Nanda dynasty and installed Chandragupta Maurya as the King of Magadha. A master...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Economy, Hindutva, Hindu, Monarchy, Mauryan Empire, Administration, Management,...
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Do you sometimes feel tired, lethargic and spiritless? How can Ayurveda help in a simple, practisable manner? Time is scarce and precious in today's world, and we seek solutions that are quick. While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, the ancient study of  dinacharya  provides us with holistic knowledge of preventing disease and eliminating its root cause. Taking us through a day in the life of Ayurveda living, Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya illustrates the core...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Ayurveda, Ancient India, Medicine, Health
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Believed to be the liquid manifestation of Shakti and the nurturer of the three worlds with her life-sustaining waters, Goddess Ganga is the epitome of beauty and purity, famous for her indomitable spirit and boundless charm. Renowned as a devoted daughter, a caring mother, a passionate lover and a merciful saviour, she is here to absorb and absolve us of our sins. A constant goddess, she is part of the Indian ethos, revered and loved across the ages.  The exquisite epic that is Ganga’s...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Hindu, Ganges
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She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya - the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return. As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy. As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish. As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos. Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of...
Topics: India, Hinduism, Hindu