On the 23rd of April 2004, I was flying from JFK Airport, New York City to SFO to attend a press meeting at Monterey, California. An American girl was sitting right beside me, near the window.
After some time, she smiled and we introduced ourselves to each other. I told her that I am from India. Instantaneously, the girl enquired, “What’s your faith?”
“What?" I asked as I didn’t understand the question.
“I mean, what’s your religion? Are you a Christian or a Muslim?" she elaborated her question.
“No!” I replied, “I am neither Christian nor Muslim.”
With a perplexed look, she questioned, “Then who are you…?”
“I am a Hindu”, I said. She gazed at me as if seeing a caged animal. She could not understand what I was talking about....
- These are opening sentences of my article "Am I a Hindu?" written long ago. Most of the readers would be familiar with this article as this happened to be most shared article on Hinduism for Westerners. Many readers, especially parents of non-resident Indians told me to write a book on the similar line. It took me many years of research and study to complete this book.
The ‘Why Am I a Hindu?’ gives a fresh perspective, mostly with a twist in the tale in a breezy, conversational style that makes even weighty philosophical discussions easy to digest.
Opinion of those who read the first few chapters’ draft:
"A must-read for those who wish to gain a deeper, clearer understanding of issues related to Sanatan Dharma.” Ajit Menon.
"I find your chapters very thought provoking and insightful. Both my wife and I consider ourselves seekers of truth and enlightenment and your writings evoke great wisdom within this arena. Now, I myself follow eastern spiritual philosophy." Al Sanchez.
“This book is a simple gateway to understanding the uncomplicated ways of otherwise seemingly complex Sanatan Dharma through conversations between the author and his friends or readers. The author explains the science, logic and rational of Sanatan Dharma in a very simple, lucid and reader-friendly style. The hardcore Vedic philosophy is made ridiculously simple for the beginners.” Anita Sharma.
“It is non-fiction, but you can read it as if you are reading a compelling fiction novel. It is really a fun book to read. And you will understand the rational, logic and science of our culture and traditions.” Sahana Madhyastha.
“This would be the best gift you can present to the younger generation to understand the science of Sanatan Dharma to begin with following which it can be practiced in daily life to avoid stress and lead a peaceful happy life.” Josh Matthew