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India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People

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CHICAGO, USA, May 15, 2014 (by Tim Sommers): India Unveiled’s author Robert Arnett and Editor, Smita Turakhia have done it again. The sixth edition of the beautifully produced, multi-award winning coffee table book will be released by Publisher Atman Press on May 22, 2014. The new volume contains 308 pages and 307 photographs reproduced on acid-free archival paper. With an eye toward furthering understanding and neutralizing prejudice toward differences in our society today, this updated version acknowledges India’s modernity while giving full credence and more explanation of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, the four religions that originated in India. The book addresses topics such as the mother aspect of God, the symbolism of murti, the symbolism of Aum, why Hindus respect cows, and the caste system.

The book includes a timeline of India and the World, which is more in line with archeological discoveries and India’s ancient texts and history, rather than based on colonial influenced, dated ideas about the history of the country. From the soaring temple gates of Tamil Nadu to the delicately carved marble temples of Jainism, to the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, to the spectacular arati ceremony at Hardwar, India Unveiled truly reveals the diversity and sacredness of the oldest continuously living civilization on earth. Indian-Americans in particular will appreciate this work, which focuses on their rich and noble lineage. Arnett’s simple style of writing along with the captivating photographs will give all a deeper appreciation of their heritage. India Unveiled will be the centerpiece of discussions in many homes where there is curiosity about India and a respect for her tradition.

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