I will start by saying this is a wonderful book that I liked much more than I was expecting to! I have read several books on theology and sometimes I get the sense that most are just recycling old information. Well, for this book it seems like I read a lot of new ideas presented in a new way. The content was mostly new to me and laid out in a simple way that is well-written and very easy to follow. Promod Puri does a great job sharing his insightful, interactive take on certain elements of the religious doctrine and its many roles in a cultural, philosophical, and personal context. Some parts are more interesting than others, some were too ‘dry’ and esoteric for my tastes, but overall it is fast paced, informative, and easy to read… at times impossible to put down! I recommend this book, “Hinduism: Beyond Rituals, Customs, and Traditions” to anyone who wants to attain greater spiritual awareness and see a different side of Hinduism that you maybe haven’t really studied before. Read it with an open mind and you will be impressed.