From UKA Press: Expose of Indian Religions, by Hindu Priest

New, unexpurgated edition of a novel based on Professor Anoop Chandola's own life, about a renowned professor who leads a double life as a Hindu priest.

Tucson, AZ, August 15, 2008 --( Anoop Chandola is well known as Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is also a Hindu priest, who was born into a priestly Brahmin family in the Indian Himalayas. His publications include 10 academic book titles.

'The Dharma Videos of Lust' was first published to acclaim in 2005, and is now re-issued by UKA Press in a fully revised, unexpurgated edition. Based on Professor Chandola's own life, the novel tells the story of Mohan Chaube, who leads a double life - as a Brahmin priest, and as a radical university professor. Professor Chaube sits down one day to watch a few racy videos sent to him in secret, and suddenly comes face to face with his own assumptions. In the often hilarious, sometimes tragic, personal stories in this book, he weaves through Hindu mysteries, myths, rituals, rites, and festivals which wallow in sex and violence, and exposes the dark side of a religion followed by over a billion people.

'The Dharma Videos of Lust': "Religion-wise, philologically, and linguistically correct" and "A rare feat." - Michael Witzel, The Wales Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University

"Fascinating, satirical and erudite, Chandola's novel touches on Hinduism, Sikhism, yoga, rationalism, religion, a woman's right to choose. Each story a thread added to a shining whole of pleasure, betrayal, lust and pain. Generous, humorous and full of linguistic pleasures, Chandola brilliantly melds the myths of ancient religions with the mysteries of modern life, immersing us in an entirely new and hypnotic world." - Ellen Tanner Marsh, Best Selling author, New York Times

"The Hindu priest: the scholarly and human experience of such an individual has never previously been recorded in literature." - Charles S.J. White, Professor Emeritus and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, American University

"While the author illustrates how rituals serve as the glue of human relationships and social values, he also narrates messy collisions of religious tradition with contemporary lifestyles . From vedic cosmology to classical aesthetic theory. a fine reading in an introductory course on Indian Religions." - David Swain, PhD, South Asian Languages and civilizations, University of Chicago

Anoop Chandola is available for all media interviews. tel: (001) 520-742-4057

The Dharma Videos of Lust: ISBN 978-1-9057-9615-1 published by UKA Press in August 2008 at £7.99 from; at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other stores. Info: UKA Press publicity:

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