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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Inspired to research and document fast disappearing traditional knowledge and practices, Soumya Aravind Sitaraman authored ‘Follow the Hindu Moon:  A guide to the festivals of south India’. Sitaraman provides a cultural lifeline for contemporary families. This how- to work is a step-by-step manual for those who wish to embark on an enchanting discovery and understanding of Hindu ideology. Sitaraman captures the essence of tradition in contemporary narrative, providing the modern family easy access to traditional know-how and festival celebration, complimented by Ms. Usha Kris’s evocative photographs. ...Read More

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ISBN: 978 81 8400 011 5

Pages: 908 

Hardcover, Two Volumes

Genre: Non Fiction, Culture


Publisher: Random House India 

Retail: Rs. 3500

Release Date: November 1, 2007



Richly illustrated with about 1000 photographs.

Follow the Hindu Moon is a pioneer reference manual with rich illustrations in an elegant design format. This How-to reference guide takes the reader on a beautiful and celebratory journey of discovery of the customs, traditions, culture and festivals that mark a Hindu Year.

  • The first of its kind, Follow the Hindu Moon straddles the genres of the "Coffee Table" with its elegant design and superb photographs and "Reference" with the well researched content described as "a thesis in social and cultural anthropology".

  • Approximately nine hundred page, this two volume compendium is richly illustrated with about a thousand Exquisite photographs by the acclaimed photographer Usha Kris illustrating concept, theme and object on each page makes the book a powerful visual guide.

  • Book one, is "Celebrate!" and book 2, "Understand".


  • Follow the Hindu Moon is a first-ever comprehensive documentation of the complex, diverse and fast-disappearing traditions and festive heritage of Indian communities. Provided with raison d’etre the step-by-step modules offer complete perspective and practical guidance.


  • The book design is unique, modular, exquisitely and elegantly created, structured to the specific demands of each independent section while maintaining cohesive overall perspective.


  • The book details several aspects of south Indian festival celebration tailored to a contemporary family and written in a contemporary voice.  

  • Follow the Hindu Moon is a unique cultural bridge. Filled with precious information gleaned from community elders and experts, Follow the Hindu Moon will serve as an invaluable reference guide for all generations to come.  

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