By Alain Daniélou
This generally praised research of Hindu deities unearths the message of tolerance and flexibility on the middle of this historical religion.
By Neeti Nair
Changing Homelands bargains a startling new point of view on what used to be and was once now not politically attainable in past due colonial India. during this hugely readable account of the partition within the Punjab, Neeti Nair rejects the concept crucial transformations among the Hindu and Muslim groups made political cost very unlikely. faraway from being an inevitable answer, the assumption of partition was once a really overdue, wonderful shock to the vast majority of Hindus within the region.
In tracing the political and social heritage of the Punjab from the early years of the 20th century, Nair overturns the entrenched view that Muslims have been liable for the partition of India. a few strong Punjabi Hindus additionally most well-liked partition and contributed to its adoption. nearly not anyone, notwithstanding, foresaw the deaths and devastation that might stick with in its wake.
Though a lot has been written at the politics of the Muslim and Sikh groups within the Punjab, Nair is the 1st historian to target the Hindu minority, either sooner than and lengthy after the divide of 1947. She engages with politics in post-Partition India by means of drawing from oral histories that show the advanced courting among reminiscence and history—a dating that keeps to notify politics among India and Pakistan.
By Wendy Doniger
In this scholarly and fantastically readable booklet, one of many world's top-rated gurus on historical Indian texts seeks to revive the Kamasutra to its right position within the Sanskrit canon, as a landmark of India's secular literature. She finds attention-grabbing features of the Kamasutra as a advisor to the artwork of dwelling for the cosmopolitan beau monde of historical India: its emphasis on grooming and etiquette (including post-coital conversation), the research and perform of the humanities (ranging from cooking and composing poetry to coloring one's tooth and combining perfumes), and restraint and persistence in engaging in affairs (especially adulterous affairs). In its encyclopedic social and mental narratives, it additionally screens strangely glossy principles approximately gender and role-playing, girl sexuality, and gay desire.
Even as she attracts our recognition to the various ways that the Kamasutra demanding situations the conventions of its time (and frequently ours) - in disregarding procreation because the objective of intercourse, for example - Doniger additionally exhibits us the way it perpetuates attitudes that experience persisted to darken human sexuality: passages that dual ardour with violence, for instance, and those who clarify away women's protests and exclamations of soreness as ploys to excite their male companions. In those attitudes, as in its extra enlightened observations on sexual love, we see the approximately - thousand-year-old Kamasutra replicate twenty-first-century realities.
In investigating and aiding us comprehend a far celebrated yet under-appreciated textual content, Wendy Doniger has produced a wealthy and compelling textual content of her personal that would curiosity, pride, and shock students and lay readers alike.
By Federico Squarcini
Ex Oriente lux, luxus, luxuria è dunque il luogo dell'incontro fra questi differenti ambiti. È il punto di vista da cui si possono delineare e tracciare schemi di correlazioni e di nessi, grazie ai quali unire fra loro elementi autonomamente collegati a uno o più termini della triade.
By Swami Abhedananda,Joseph A. Fitzgerald,Alexander Lipski,Swami Vivekananda
Sri Ramakrishna is the main well-known saint of recent India. This ebook is the unique model of the main recognized paintings approximately him, translated into English via the writer “M” himself. a brief biography of Ramakrishna, written by means of his well-known disciple Swami Vivekananda, is additionally incorporated.
By Devdutt Pattanaik
The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, either whose names suggest ‘victory’. One retains you in Swarga; the opposite increases you into Vaikuntha. In Vaikuntha there's bliss perpetually, in Swarga there's excitement for less than so long as you deserve.
What is the adaptation among Jaya and Vijaya? clear up this puzzle and you'll remedy the secret of the Mahabharata. during this enchanting retelling of India’s maximum epic, the Mahabharata, initially often called Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves right into a unmarried narrative plots from the Sanskrit vintage in addition to its many folks and local versions, together with the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.
Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings through the writer, the 108 chapters abound with little-known information corresponding to the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the tales of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata model of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the courting of the struggle according to astronomical facts. With readability and ease, the stories during this stylish quantity exhibit the everlasting relevance of the Mahabharata, the advanced and tense meditation at the human situation that has formed Indian idea for over 3000 years.
By Swami Adidevananda
By Davis R Donald
In addition to an outline of the important ideas for enterprise, the booklet reinterprets the function of industrial and trade in the legislation mostly and demonstrates that smooth assumptions approximately stable enterprise perform may gain advantage from the insights of this old culture. It hence makes a compelling case for the relevance of the dharma of industrial to our personal time.
By John Stratton Hawley
In this quantity a gaggle of best students reflect on the numerous meanings of sati: in India and the West; in literature, paintings, and opera; in faith, psychology, economics, and politics. With individuals who're either Indian and American, it is a surely binational, postcolonial dialogue. members contain Karen Brown, Paul Courtright, Vidya Dehejia, Ainslie Embree, Dorothy Figueira, Lindsey Harlan, John Hawley, Robin Lewis, Ashis Nandy, and Veena Talwar Oldenburg.
By Meena Khandelwal
Meena Khandelwal bargains a fascinating and intimate portrait of awesome Hindu ladies in India who put on “ochre robes,” signifying their renunciation of marriage and kinfolk for lives of celibacy, asceticism, and non secular self-discipline. whereas the principally male Hindu ascetic culture of sannyasa renders its initiates ritually “dead” to their prior identities, the ladies portrayed listed below are greatly alive. they fight with, and funny story approximately, the tensions and ironies of dwelling on this planet whereas attempting to not be of it.
Khandelwal juxtaposes the typical chorus that “in renunciation there isn't any female and male” with arguments that underscore the significance of gender. In exploring those obvious contradictions, she brings jointly worldly and otherworldly values inside renunciation and argues that those create tensions which are immediately emotional, social, and philosophical.
Meena Khandelwal is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women’s stories on the collage of Iowa.