SURREY BC– Veteran journalist and founder of the LINK newspaper Promod Puri was honoured by his peers and members of the South Asian community at the launch of his recently released book “Hinduism beyond rituals, customs and traditions”.
Puri, one of the senior-most South Asian journalists and humanists in Canada, published the well-researched book, which was launched by the Global Hindu Foundation of Canada on April 24 at the Strawberry Hill Public Library in Surrey .
Prominent literary and social activists were among the attendees at the function.
The book is a practical manual leading to clear conception of rituals, customs and practices, and it offers an easily understood account of Hindu Way of Life- the management of self.
Participants at the book launch event
Acharya S.P. Dwivedi, the President of GHFOC started the program with his welcoming address followed by Kanti Dwivedi’s Saraswati Vandana. The book launch was carried by Acharya, Rita Puri, Kanti, Dwivedi, Ashok Puri and Deepa Sharma amid roaring sound of clapping.
Author Promod Puri read some important pieces from his book and that was incredibly impressive.
Ashok Bhargava, a prominent writer and president of Writers’ International Network, reflected his views on the book. He found that Puri’s explanations are logical, concise and clear. The author exposed adequately the serious problem of the caste system in the Hindu society, and for that he should be congratulated.
Simmi Gopal Puri, Manager of Communication, Faculty of Law, UBC, presented the touching experiences with gratitude that how nicely she was taught by her father- Puri about Hindu religious symbolism, myths, spirituality and traditions.
Jai Birdi, President of Chetna Society, applauded Promod Puri for his outspokenness about the evils of Hindu customs and his recognizing the splendid contribution of Dr. Ambedkar towards promoting the condition of Dalit, Achhoot and Naari.
Acharya Dwivedi commented , “Puri tried to look the Hindu religion with fresh eyes and applied analytical approach. He found that there is much wood which is diseased and dead in Hinduism that is to be cleared away”.
Puri was offered a plaque, honoring him for his life time contribution to journalism and humanism, by the members of the Executive of GHFOC- Acharya, Kanti and Deepa.
“Hinduism beyond rituals, customs and traditions” is available in print version from India Book World in Surrey, thru Amazon, Barnes and Noble or check with your local library. Online version is available from Kindle.