Free Jyotish Newsletter
Home | Credentials | Books | Yagyas | Karmic Remedies | Articles | Links | Contact

"The Hindus - An Alternative History" by Wendy Doniger

Review by Michael Laughrin,

The Hindus - An Alternative History ReviewThe Hindus - An Alternative History is an utterly wonderful book. For me, it read like a novel. The author, Wendy Doniger, has two doctorates, one in Sanskrit and one in Indian studies, so she is exceedingly well qualified to write meaningfully on this topic.

She gives "the other side of the story" concerning Indian religious history. That is, stories not passed down by the Brahmins (the priestly caste) but by women, kshatriyas, lower castes and untouchables. She shows us that Indian women have not been as pliable and accepting of their status as some would have us believe. Oh, by the way, she presents clear evidence that, in Vedic times, Indians ate beef - yes, even the priests on some occasions.

Tantra, that most fascinating of topics, is dealt with in a very insightful manner considering the space allowed in this volume. There are also chapters on the Mughals, sacrifice, renunciation, suttee, the British Raj, and a wonderful section on devotional practices from South India.

At almost 800 pages, this book is a tremendous bargain. You will love it. I have read a number of book on Indian history and religion, and this is my favorite!

Review (c) copyright 2009 Michael Laughrin.

From the June/July 2009 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.

Book Lists

Michael Laughrin's Favorite Jyotish Books Suitable for Beginners

Michael Laughrin's Favorite Modern Books Suitable for Intermediate and Advanced Students

Michael Laughrin's Favorite Metaphysical Books

Read more articles by Michael Laughrin.

Yagyas offered by Michael Laughrin.

Learn about Michael Laughrin's credentials.