215p., Col. Plts., 23x23 cm. (First Edition pub. in 2006)
HINDU: Joy of Life in this present new edition is an attempt to simplify the tenets of an age-old religion and to demystify it for the reader of today. Utpal K Banerjee delves into the past to bring understanding to the present. This book is a quest to discover the enduring vitality that exists in the Hindu way of life. It celebrates a great tradition.
Beginning with the Vedic deities the sun, moon, fire and storm, Banerjee weaves his narration through a time when the universe was devoid of a beginning and when noble thoughts were born. The tale moves on to great Indian philosophies and literature, to the visual and performing arts. This book is a complete guide to the Hindu way of life. Religion and ritual come together to bring the concepts of Hinduism to the fore. In the words of the author: 'Hinduism is a religious and cultural tradition, where the enormous variety of belief and practice can ultimately be interpreted as a common view of the world.'