Reviews - What do customers think about Foundation of Indian Culture Revised and Enlarged Edition?
Longwinded, but educational Jan 15, 2000
As a novice Westerner seeking an introduction to Indian culture I stumbled upon this book. The positive aspects of the book were the clarity with which it defined and discussed so many Hindu concepts and the basis for their beliefs. Much of the terminology I had read in other books on India became suddenly more clear, including the spriritual ones. This made my reading experience valuable. However, it was clear that the book was written in response to another book (written by a Westerner) which critiqued Indian culture in a less than positive way. Arobindo spent so much time dwelling on (over and over) the reasons that the Western author was mistaken, that it lost its impact. Maybe this was due to the time period of the book and the lack of cohesive identity the Indian nation had at that time. If I could have skipped this redundancy I would have boosted my review up another star. Bottom line: after borrowing this from the library, I will buy it (from this site, of course).