SOME GLIMPSES FROM REVIEWS OF MY BOOKS
The Ten Commandments of Hinduism
(New Age International, Delhi, 1994)
The Times of
The 344-page treatise is no less than a portable gateway to Hinduism … dexterously woven into simple, lucid, spontaneous and impressive English … The writer’s scientific approach is holistic, comparative and partly reflective of a Thesaurus-like bid which increases the significance of the book … Going through the book is a spiritual experience in itself.
Indian Review of Books (
… (The author) does not interpret any Hindu heritage in a sectarian way or indulge in fruitless claims of superiority. For example, he is avowedly a follower of Sankara’s Advaita, but his account of Ramanuja is one of the most moving sections of the book. … The interpretation is true to tradition …is written from the standpoint of a true Upâsaka or devotee, whose faith being so patently sincere and broadminded, will not offend the modern temper. … This book is outstanding as an interpretation of Hindu religion by one who has the requisite faith backed by deep understanding of what Hinduism really is. What it says cannot be faulted, except, strange to say, for its title.
Sunday Chronicle (
Professor Krishnamurthy may be the right man to explain the central concepts of Hinduism to us … An excellent book for the modern Hindu to read and cherish … Embellished with numerous examples, the book is a veritable gold mine of Hindu lore.
The Hindu (
… (Many books on Hinduism) fail to evoke the seriousness of purpose and perfection of details that underlie Hinduism’s grandmotherly sangfroid … Here it is that any clear explanation of the Perennial Philosophy is welcome as a breath of fresh air … The author is to be congratulated for a well-documented comprehensive review of Sanatana Dharma, highlighting its peaks, illuminating the valleys and blazing trails through its forest terrain. … Trained in modern scientific methods, soaked in Indian philosophy, and interacting with young Indian minds, he (the author) has developed the knack of presenting challenging ideas with lucidity and humour. …There are many mansions of Hinduism and Prof. Krishnamurthy’s offer is to guide us through ten of the mansions … The value of this carefully planned volume is enhanced by the inclusion of detailed notes, select bibliography, glossary and index. … (The book) promises delightful and illuminating reading to Hindus and non-Hindus alike.
The Divine Life (Rishikesh):
… Here is a truly encyclopedic coverage of almost every phase of Hinduism … The work is both a diversion and a pleasant entertainment … Worth possessing by every novitiate student of Hindu religion and philosophy, since it provides a fitting introduction and treats the reader to a happy sojourn through the basic features of the higher values of life in a homely and highly interesting manner.
Ved Bhavan News (
… The author has dealt with the (above) subjects in great detail, giving quotations from various Upanishads, scriptures, sayings of Saints and Savants. Each page, each sentence and every word in this book is important. … A priceless treasure that every devout Hindu should possess, read, learn and acquire knowledge on Hinduism.
Hindustan Times (New
… It would be a formidable task to analyse and present such a complicated religion (as Hinduism) in a simplified yet holistic formulation after identifying the unified vision and the complimentarity of ideas reflected in the scriptural texts and the commentaries on them. Yet it is such a task that the author has undertaken in this book. … The result is a highly readable book which caters not only to the lay reader but equally to those having some acquaintance with Vedanta philosophy. … Two charts illustrate the Principles (of Hinduism) diagrammatically and help to classify the followers of some of those tenets under different categories such as secular philosophers, orthodox theologists, rationalists, scientist-Vedantins, doubting devotees etc. This is a very original and perspicacious presentation and the author deserves to be commended on the novelty of his approach. … The chapters nearly span the entire gamut or ethos of Hindu religion. … A fine book which would certainly help in a ‘fruitful and holistic understanding of the complex fabric of Hinduism’ as claimed in book’s elegant cover-fold.
Prof. K.S. Ramakrishna Rao, All
The Culture, Excitement & Relevance of Mathematics
(Wiley Eastern, New Delhi, 1990)
Journal of the Indian
Institute of Science,
An unusual book. … the author embarks upon the daunting task of giving a perspective of 20th century maths. To a literate non-mathematician. … There are many things about this book one can rave about. The foremost is its lucid style … I have not heard the author lecture, but he must be a great teacher … An extensive bibliography … The author comes across as an admirer of mathematics for ever in awe of the subject … To conclude the book gives a kind of course on mathematics which I would have loved to have gone through as a student. Those who did are lucky. Those who did’nt should read this book.
Week-end News time,
… most interesting book … a guided tour of mathematics … simple language with fine explanations … supplements the knowledge of any mathematician while kindling the interest in others towards mathematics.
Ambitious and laudable task of presenting interesting snapshots of 20th century mathematics to non-professional mathematicians … A rich fare … infectious enthusiasm of the author … What he has achieved in three hundred pages is more than what a teacher of maths. Can hope to communicate in a whole year … vignettes of brilliance .there is not a moment of dull reading, thanks to the expository style enlivened by anecdotes and a refreshing sense of humour.
The book is written for a large readership, with other specialities, with undergraduate in mathematics. … A documented and attractive lecture even for mathematicians, in spite of its very personal point of view.
Prof.KD Joshi, IIT
The book is really exceptional … It achieves an optimum balance between such conflicting pairs of virtues as expanse versus depth or substance versus art. The book achieves the perfect balance.
Sanatana Dharma Ratna-mala
(New Age International, New Delhi, 1996)
An unconventional and novel series … each one of them dwelling on one particular topic from the vast spectrum of the tradition and philosophy … Some of the charts go into sophistications that are not usually available to a layman … Some are narrations from history and mythology … intended to be read, reflected on, thought about and discussed.
The Indian Express,
Novel presentation on the multi-dimensional aspects of Hindu spirituality through an unconventional, but yet, traditional, series of charts that reflect all the factors of Hindu heritage and religion. … The overall presentation proceeds from the grassroot levels to commendable depths with painstaking care to ensure that the ‘explorer’ does not get lost in the ‘mythological and spiritual woods’ The charts narrate with praiseworthy visual support historical and mythological vignettes crisply, briefly and without sacrificing thematic essence. The conscientious calculated and painstaking efforts put in this presentation-venture by the mathematician-scholar must be specifically appreciated … a highly commendable job.
Life Positive, New
If you want to know more about Hinduism, but are too lazy to delve into its dusty tomes, here are useful charts for you… which convey the message in a glance .
An account of the recently published book: The Clock of the Night Sky
This is an unusual book The subject is: How to
tell the time of night by just a look at the stars in the sky above. The ancient people who lived in
It was in the early fifties that
this author lectured on this subject at Thiagarajar college,
In July 96, a lecture-cum demonstration was
given by this author at the Nehru Planetarium,
Glimpses from the Review
in The Hindu
of The Clock of the Night Sky.
Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, The Clock of the Night Sky, UBS Publishers’
The purpose of the book is to show how ancient Hindu star-gazers formulated certain terse principles for establishing the time of night by locating a specific star or constellation. The author verified the accuracy of these time honored formulas (of which there are at least three different systems) himself. He author achieves his goal commendably well. Through charts and dates he enables the reader to check for himself/herself what is enunciated. The interested reader can get much enrichment and knowledge by following the prescribed rules.
The author guides the reader step by step in the northern expanse of the nocturnal sky, introduces the reader to the various constellations (in the northern hemisphere), specifying the modern scientific and ancient Hindu (Sanskrit/Tamil) names of various stars and asterisms. …….
This is not a book on the history of Hindu science, but a book about a particular science (time-reckoning by star-gazing) that was developed to a sophisticated degree by some ancient Hindu astronomers. This is one of the few books written on ancient Hindu astronomy from the modern perspective by a scholar who is familiar with current science. It is also one of the few books that could be relevant to modern Hindus whose interest is in getting to know not only their heritage, but also the real stars in the skies, not just references to them in traditional astrology and horoscopes most of whose practitioners have little direct acquaintance with the stars of whose influences they speak with impressive confidence. There is only one reference to astrology (p. 92) in the entire book.
Books of this kind reveal to the world at large that beyond magic mongering and obscurantism, there was also some genuine science in ancient cultures.