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Being Hindu

There are more than one billion Hindus in the world but very little seems to be understood about this gigantic, peaceful faith. Followers have not only built and sustained the world's largest democracy but also one of the greatest philosophical streams in the world, continuously, for more than 3,000 years. So what makes a Hindu? Why is so little heard from the real practitioners of the everyday faith? Why does it never go beyond cliches? This is a practitioner's guide, a journey to very simply and instinctively understand what the Hindu message is, where it stands in the Clash of Civilizations between Islam and Christianity and why the Hindu way could yet be the path for plurality and progress in the 21st century.
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Hindol Sengupta is the author of six books, including Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship Is Revolutionizing the World's Largest Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which is the only Indian book ever to be shortlisted for the Hayek Prize and was a Fall 2014 PW non-fiction pick. He is editor-at-large for Fortune India and founder of the Whypoll Trust, which worked on India's first women safety mobile app and gender mapping of Delhi. He was invited to present his research on Hinduism and technology at the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion. He is the co-founder of the South Asia Media Project incubated in Lund University, Sweden, and an alumni of the Australia-India Youth Dialogue. He is a TEDx speaker and has worked as a political interview show host on Bloomberg TV and has been an anchor and reporter with Indian editions of CNBC and CNN. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


As India transforms from traditional to modern, rural to urban, agrarian to industrial and old to young, this book offers a fascinating look at the change from below: as seen by the entrepreneur, the consumer and, above all, the ordinary citizen. The added attraction is the lucid and engaging writing style of the author.--Arvind Panagariya, Columbia University Hindol Sengupta . . . provides a bold and innovative perspective that links ancient and modern, cultural and philosophical Hinduism, into a vast panorama according to a deep personal narrative that is both fascinating and thought-provoking. . . . Being Hindu contains a number of gems of wisdom that can bring peace and harmony into the world.--David Frawley, author of Yoga and Ayurveda, director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies An unusual and welcome book by a gifted young author. Hindol Sengupta presents a thoughtful and innovative account of how he discovered the profound depths of an ancient dispensation to make sense of the complexities of the modern world.--Gautam Sen, emeritus, London School of Economics Hindol Sengupta's clear prose and deep perception of Hinduism will resonate in the hearts of Hindus globally and help the western world understand and respect this complex and beautiful religion. The first of its kind, this book should be widely read and discussed.--Dilip K. Chakrabarti, Cambridge University A refreshing perspective on why the world's oldest religion remains relevant in the twenty-first century. Hindol is one of the most exciting Indian writers of his generation.--Sanjeev Sanyal, author of The Ocean of Churn: How the Indian Ocean Shaped Human History

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