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Being Hindu - Old Faith, New World and You
Being Hindu - Old Faith, New World and You

Being Hindu - Old Faith, New World and You

by Hindol Sengupta

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9780143425328 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 192



Hindol Sengupta
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Author: Hindol Sengupta
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 192
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143425328


One of the world's oldest forms of faith, Hinduism has an unbroken trajectory of beliefs and rituals that have passed on for many millennia through the footsteps of pilgrims and the pedagogies of theologists, through myth, science and politics.

But what does all that mean to the modern Hindu today? Why do Hindus call themselves so? Is it merely because their parents were Hindus? In what way does the faith speak to those who profess to follow it? What does Hinduism mean to the everyday-practicing or sometimes-accessing ordinary Hindu? Away from the raucous debate around religions, this is the journey of a common Hindu-an attempt to understand why, for so many Hindus, their faith is one of the most powerful arguments for plurality, for unity in diversity, and even more than the omnipresent power of God, the sublime courage and conviction of man.

Being Hindu is the exploration of Hinduism in a way you have never seen before-almost through your own eyes.


‘Splendid…invigorating, effervescent and crammed with dramatic insights’
== Asian Age

‘Sengupta…provokes fresh thinking and inspires hope’
== The Hindu

‘Refreshing in style and narration’
== Financial Express

‘Hindol Sengupta’s discussion of what is Hinduism and what it means to be a Hindu is stimulating’
== Michel Danino, professor, Indian Institute of Technology (Gandhinagar)

‘A great contribution to those who would want to understand Hinduism from the contemporary context’
== S. Gurumurthy, writer and teacher on Hinduism and economics


`Being Hindu explains the challenges of the contemporary Hindu in a world torn between entrenched secular modernity and rising religious fervour. The author regards his work as the outcome of his own journey to understand what it means to be a Hindu. The book—a great contribution to those who would want to understand Hinduism from the contemporary context—is a compelling read.
== S. Gurumurthy writer and teacher on Hinduism and economics

From a curious student at Assembly of God Church School in the then Calcutta to the role of Hinduism is a long journey. He argues that the conflict between Islam and Christianity and rise of Asia in a sense are interlinked and in this conflict-ridden world, Hinduism can play an important role in making people embrace pluralism. Interesting work in a new domain by the Editor-at-Large of Fortune India.
== Dr.R.Vaidyanathan professor of finance, IIM Bangalore



Prologue: The Sinner and the Believer

1. How to Write About Hindus?
2. Who is a Hindu?
3. What Makes You a Hindu?
4. Who is the One True God?
5. Is God Afraid of Science?
6. How Do Books Portray God?
7. Does Being Hindu Mean You Are Vegetarian?
8. What Do We Do About History?
9. The Internet Hindu: How Does Hinduism Fit in the Digital Age?
10. A Start-up for the Soul: Why Should We Re-examine the Hindu Way?


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