This book can be best described as a very good introduction for someone no has no prior Knowledge of Hinduism. It covers every aspect of Hindu history, beliefs, and practices. It gives a comprehensive chronological development of Hinduism, tracing its development from the Ancient origin its modern form. It covers all rituals id ceremonies. This volume on Hinduism satisfies the need for a vast Introductory and a truly international 3rk of reference. The wide range of after dealt with in this volume present the panoramic view of the Hinduism in its different facets and in different periods of history. In sum, of the basic Books on Hinduism, this book is perhaps the most balanced introduction to the religion.