Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hinduism:beyond rituals, customs and traditions

"Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions"

Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in Hinduism? What physics principles constitute the sound of Om? What is karma and its role in our day to day lives?

These and more subjects are eloquently dealt with in the just released book titled "Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions" by Vancouver-based writer Promod Puri.

The 130-page book on Hinduism written in a concise and clear manner is an easy reading of all aspects of Hinduism for every level of reader. Also, it is for those whose knowledge of the faith is limited to its rituals, customs and traditions.

In the modern society belonging to a faith and its acceptance must be based on reasoning. Hindu thoughts and philosophies in the book are explained with logics.It emphasizes that Hinduism is not just a way of life, it is also a multi-disciplinary academy.

The book recognizes Hinduism's liberal fundamentals as well as its history, rituals, mantras, moksha and metaphysics, meditation, yoga and music, scriptures and sciences, the controversial laws of Manu, Amdekar's reforms and more.

The book is both educational and provocative in the areas of rituals and casteism. It makes quite a sensible reading for rational and contemporary mind.


Promod Puri is a veteran of 45 years in the field of journalism, founder and former editor and publisher of Vancouver-based South Asian Canadian weekly newspaper, The Link. He was also former editor of Winnipeg-based Native Indian newspaper, The New Nation.

Seeking humanism and rationales have always been his approaches in writing. Honesty, sincerity and perfection are the ethics he follows in his candid writing.

Exploring the truth has led to write this book to recognize the fact that the fundamentals of Hinduism are liberal, secular and diverse, and that it has depth.

With a journalist background he adheres to the cardinal principle of writing that it is meant for reading by others. For that reason his writing style has always been simple for effortless and absorbing reading.