Other Book Reviews

Here are other books that I have reviewed

 

A Storm of Songs Book Review

Bhakti movement, is it a movement? Bhakti is neither a ‘movement’ nor a ‘concept’ but a relationship where bhaktas express through their…

An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin Flood

  An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin Flood,CambridgeUniversityPress,.   A self-understanding based on ideologies shaped by long…

Badrinath: The Mahabharata

For some reading is a hobby. Although I started it as a hobby, gradually it has become a part of my life. When I was working as a sales…

Caste Versus Hierarchy

Oriental Imagination The Orientalists’ ‘Imagination’ of India made Indian intellectuals think in line with the image that they created about…

Debating Vivekananda

Raghuramaraju, (ed.) Debating Vivekananda: A Reader, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014 When I read this book, I got the impression that…

Lured By Hope – Book Review

Though every biography is only an interpretation, the way the author interprets the character will not only present a scholarly work but also…

Lured by Hope Book Review

Though every biography is only an interpretation, the way the author interprets the character will not only present a scholarly work but also…

Maramalai Adiga – Book Review

                  There is nothing wrong in holding any particular ideology.…

Name Sells

There is a Tamil proverb, “Only if the water falls from the conch, then it will become holy water”[சங்கிலிருந்து…

Passion of Language

Although as a joke I often say that Tamil is the only heavenly language, I am happy that Tamil is my mother tongue. Though there are only a few…

Religious Hinduism by R. De Smet and J. Neuner

Religious Hinduism  (Fourth Revised Edition, R. De Smet and J. Neuner, Editors, St. Paul’s Publications, 1997) Reviewed by Dayanand…

Rethinking Caste by Dipankar Gupta

Caste is too often presented simplistically, distorting the complex reality of Indian life. New sociological studies are demonstrating the complexity…

Scripture and Idealism

Though one can ‘enquire the human condition’ from the Mahabharata’s point of view, it never going to reflect the reality of life, at least here…

The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual by Michael Willis

Michael Willis, The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual: Temples and the Establishment of the Gods, Cambridge, 2009.   Considering the absence of…

The Bhagavadgita As A Synthesis

The Bhagavadgita As A Synthesis  (by M.R.Yardi, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute,Poona, 1991)   reviewed by Dayanand…

The Limits of Scripture by Anantanand Rambachan

Synopsis cum Review Unlike most other religions, Hinduism is concerned with evaluation rather than revelation. One can trace the signs of evolution…

The Vedaanta

The Vedaanta A Study of The Brahma-Suutras with the Bhaasyas of Samkara, Raamaanuja, Nimbaarka, Madhva, and Vallabha. by…

What is Mukti?

The book by T.S. Rukmani, Samnyasin in the Hindu Tradition – Changing Perspectives is a specialized subject on Samnyasins. This book is mainly…