Follow the Hindu Moon

                                                                                          A guide to the festivals of south India

                                                                                              Soumya Aravind Sitaraman

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Soumya Aravind Sitaraman

An award winning painter and illustrator, founder of Shakti, a South Asian Women's forum and co-founder of What is India Publishers, an online India Information Network. Soumya Sitaraman's debut as an author has been compared to Fraser's monumantal tome,  The Golden Bough and applauded as a thesis in social and cultural Anthropology. This well researched handy guide to south Indian festivals began as a personal journey of discovery spurred by questions posed to her by her son Maithreya while living in the US. Her quest has culminated in this heritage book that will be the lifeline of all families like hers, removed from their cultural home in South more

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Usha Kris


ISBN: 978 81 8400 011 5

Pages: 908 

Hardcover, Two Volumes

Genre: Non Fiction, Culture


Publisher: Random House 

India Limited

Retail: Rs. 3500

Release Date: Nov 1, 07



Richly illustrated with about 1000 photographs.








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