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The Hindus: An Alternative History (2009)

by Wendy Doniger(Favorite Author)
3.63 of 5 Votes: 3
1594202052 (ISBN13: 9781594202056)
Penguin Press HC, The
review 1: If this book had been marketed as an erotica, it could have joined the league of the classics. I was forced to read due to my curiosity which was generated by the controversy surrounding the book. The writer is unclear about the subject of the book, she quickly changed pace from history, sociology, eroticism, literature and technology . The book ultimately ends up being a dull hodge podge of Indian history.
review 2: from other reviews it seems like people either loved the book or hated it.Being a Hindu, I can vouch that the book is very well researched and I could relate to much of the rituals/myths/practices that the author discusses. the book covers the complete history of Hinduism right from Indus Valley Civilization to the present. it discusses in detail h
... moreow the coming of Aryans, Mughals and British effected Hinduism.Like any other novelist, Wendy Doniger tries to use sex to spice up the narrative which quite predictably and understandingly didn't go well with many Hindus. otherwise it's a really comprehensive(and well written) treatise on Hinduism. less
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An Alternative Theory more than Alternative history. Several of the translations lack scholarship.
This sounds awesome. Recommended by Heather's yoga teacher.
I am always reading this.
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