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Am I a Hindu?: The Hinduism Primer

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Book by Viswanathan, Ed
Paperback, 321 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Halo Books
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Oct 21, 2011 Paige rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I found this book in the young adult section of my library. I really enjoyed this book. The only real drawback to it is that sometimes he goes into detail where he doesn't really need to, and doesn't go far enough with some of the questions that his "14 year old son" (dude, I want a 14 year old son like that...) asks him. I found so much good information in this book that I'm sure I'll be looking up more information on all the stuff I wrote down from it on the internet for months...

Although I di
As one would expect from a religion that has millions of practitioners & has been around for hundreds of years, Hinduism is an intensely complex theology. It doesn't really help that the author skips around so much. The question & answer format makes for an enjoyable read. I really liked how he compared Hinduism to science, particularly in the beginning & very end of the book. I wasn't fond of some of his explanations, particularly that Hindus believe less fortunate people are enacti ...more
I think this is a good on-hand introduction to Hinduism. I first read it when I was maybe 13 or 14 years old? This worked well because the book is written as a dialogue between a father (the one who provides explanation) and his Indian American teenage son (the one who asks the questions).
Annette Abbott
Though it is written in a Q&A format of a conversation between a 14 year old American-born Indian and his father, it is by no means a "for Dummies" book.

I wouldn't recommend this for someone who has absolutely no knowledge of Hinduism. Though Sanskrit terms are explained, I think the author assumes the reader has basic knowledge of gods, practices, and beliefs.

It may not be everyone's "cup of tea," but for me it was a case of not too watered-down/not too deep. Just right.

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Ajitabh Pandey
An excellent primer on Hinduism presented in the form of questions and answers between father and son. In summary you can call this FAQ of Hinduism. It explains various historical facts about Hinduism and how it evolved over a period of time. The information presented in this book shows that the author has done a significant amount of research on this religion or way of life.

This book can be made a ready reckoner and quick reference book about the Hindu religion.

A must read for all curious peopl
Comprehensive and simple summary of the vastness of Hinduism. This book can be the springboard from which further study of specific aspects/scriptures of Hinduism can then be studied deeply.
The Q&A format is quite good.
The many analogies from daily life, e.g. a person meaning different things to different people yet being in reality just the one person etc, are also insighful.
Although the question/answer format drove me a bit crazy, the information in this book is direct and can be easily found due to the formatting of the text. Enjoyable overall if you enjoy a scholarly read.
Marium F.
Dec 06, 2007 Marium F. rated it 2 of 5 stars
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This book is a very basic account of hinduism. The book is very dry and goes into a lot of detail. However, to have any kind of glimpse into this ancient relgion, this much detail is needed.
Mallika Kelkar
An excellent book to clear all doubts regarding Hinduism. A must read for youth.........
Great intro/overview
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