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Hindu Science Fiction Novels

There have been a few science fiction novels with Hindu theme. I am not sure how many of you have heard about the science fiction ‘Shiva 3000.’ I happened to read it a few years ago. The book was written by Jan Lars Jensen. To be fair it is boring and was a flop. The location is future India and all the Hindu gods are alive. For a change, some gods are bad. Shiva and Jagannath are some sort of villains as they consume the sinners. Since the world is full of sinners, it means wiping out the entire population. Baboon Warrior fights the gods. As the names suggests, this hero has the head of a baboon. He is like local folklore hero. But the hero of the science fiction is Rakesh who wants to kill Baboon Warrior as he stole his bride. Another character is Vasant Alamvala, a royal engineer, who lost his position, and now wants to avenge the person responsible for it. His story has a Kamasutra angle.Rakesh and Vasant join hands to fight Jagannath, a monster invoked by Brahmins, and they go t…

Hindu links for 10/31/2006

RSS for Dalit head priests in templeThis news item was reported by major newspapers yesterday and the Hindus have welcomed the move. Lesser-known philosophical textWHILE THE Vedas and the Upanishads handed down over many centuries purely by oral tradition are now in print and widely read, there are numerous works in many languages still available only in manuscripts. This was one such unpublished work available at the Government Manuscript Libraries in Chennai, Mysore and also at the Adyar Library. Pattolai, a work published by Thirunangoor Prativadibhayankaram family, refers to this work. Pillai Lokacharya, the most prominent preceptor of the Tenkalai Srivaishnava sect who authored the Ashtadasa Rahasyam in `manipravalam' is the author of this work in Sanskrit.Hindu students honor holidayDiwali celebration by students at PennState