If you want a good introduction to Hinduism, look no further. I started reading this with some knowledge of the religion, but I think someone with noIf you want a good introduction to Hinduism, look no further. I started reading this with some knowledge of the religion, but I think someone with no knowledge of it could easily pick it up and understand it. Easy to understand without being oversimplified. ...more
This is one of the most pragmatic self-help books in the world. In 230 pages, Burroughs manages to weigh in on topics such as suicide, death of childrThis is one of the most pragmatic self-help books in the world. In 230 pages, Burroughs manages to weigh in on topics such as suicide, death of children, addictions, unemployment, shame, blame, self-confidence, perfectionism, loneliness, weight, regrets, love, to name a few. And while the coverage of each topic is brief, it's by no means cloying or pithy.
His advice to most things, I think, is rather Buddhist - don't look back, don't look forward - live in the now. He doesn't sugar coat facts or offer pithy advice that makes you feel good about yourself. It's raw and real.
"... if you are a victim, you must never be a victim. Even if you deserve to be one. Because while you wait for somebody to come along and set things right, life has moved forward without you."
"I don't believe you can feel deep satisfaction in your life unless your life contains restless areas, holes, imperfections, shit."
"If you're a straight A student in school or a metaphorical straight A student in your adult life, that's a whole lot of the same old, same old. One A+ paper blends right into the next. It's when you get a D that you learn something valuable. It's when you fall on your ass that you actually make progress."
"When you say, 'I need more confidence,' what you're really saying is, 'I need those people over there to approve of me.' That is the desire to control other people and what they think. The first person who figures out how to do this owns the world."
I read "Food Rules" before but this was in the "New Books" section of the library so I picked it up thinking it was a rewrite or perhaps a part two. WI read "Food Rules" before but this was in the "New Books" section of the library so I picked it up thinking it was a rewrite or perhaps a part two. Wrong. It is the same book but illustrated by Maira Kalman. Because it is such a simple read and, well, because the illustrations are so amazing, I had to re-read the book cover-to-cover.
This is a great little book and I totally subscribe to the common-sense knowledge it gives. Each page has a rule like: "Buy your snacks at the farmers market" or "Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." Each rule is followed by a paragraph or two offering an explanation and maybe a factoid or two.
If you're new to Michael Pollan, pick this up... at the library. It's definitely not worth its $25 cover price since it's the "Lite" (sorry I couldn't resist a food reference!) version of "In Defense of Food." ...more
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 DummiesThough 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.
Topics include Vedas, epics, avatars, laws of karma and reincarnation, aum, mantras, gurus, cows, temple construction, status of women, the Ganges, Hindu diet, pilgrimage, festivals, marriage, symbols, chakras, kundalini, rituals, Hare Krishnas, and science of Hinduism.