Exposé of Indian Religions, by Hindu Priest

A renowned professor leads a double life as a Hindu priest, in the "Dharma Videos of Lust": Anoop Chandola is well known as Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona; he is also a Hindu priest, from a Brahmin family in the Indian Himalayas.

Walthamstow, London, August 16, 2008 /India PRwire/ -- "The Dharma Videos of Lust", first published to acclaim in 2005, endorsed and commended by the world's leading scholars, is now re-issued by UKA Press in a fully revised, unexpurgated edition. Based upon Professor Chandola's own life: a radical university professor leads a comfortable double life as a Brahmin priest, until one day he sits down to watch a few racy videos that have been sent to him in secret - and suddenly comes face to face with his own assumptions. The personal stories in this book blend high comedy with seduction and deceit, Hindu mythology and Bollywood sparkle. Laid bare are mysteries and myths, rituals, rites, and festivals that wallow in sex and violence - exposing the dark side of a religion followed by over one billion people.

"The Hindu priest: the scholarly and human experience of such an individual has never previously been recorded in literature." - Charles S.J. White, Professor Emeritus and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University ; 'The Dharma Videos of Lust' : "Religion-wise, philologically, and linguistically correct" and "A rare feat." - Michael Witzel, The Wales Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University ; "Fascinating, satirical and erudite, Chandola's novel touches on Hinduism, Sikhism, yoga, rationalism, religion, a woman's right to choose. Each story is a thread added to a shining whole of pleasure, betrayal, lust and pain. Generous, humorous and full of linguistic pleasures, Chandola brilliantly melds the myths of ancient religions with the mysteries of modern life, immersing us in an entirely new and hypnotic world." - Ellen Tanner Marsh, Best Selling author, New York Times ; "While the author illustrates how rituals serve as the glue of human relationships and social values, he also narrates messy collisions of religious tradition with contemporary lifestyles. From vedic cosmology to classical aesthetic theory. A fine reading in an introductory course on Indian Religions." - David Swain, PhD, South Asian Languages and civilizations, University of Chicago

Notes to Editor

The UKA Press is a small independent publisher based in the United Kingdom. Since its launch in January 2004, it has published award winning novels, poetry, short story collections and nonfiction titles.

Anoop Chandola is available for all media interviews.
chandola@email.arizona.edu ; tel: (001) 520-742-4057

UKA Press, UK publicity: jolen.ukapress@ukauthors.com; 0752 517-1208
UKA Press, Europe: andrea@ukauthors.com
UKA Press, Japan: ukapress.editorial@gmail.com

The Dharma Videos of Lust: ISBN 978-1-9057-9615-1 published by UKA Press in August 2008 at £7.99 from: www.ukapress.com ; Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other stores.

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