“The big temples were built by Dravidian Kings and noblement, As they consecrated the Sanctum Sanctorum, they invited the Brahmins for the services. Initially, the Brahmins were appointed for the cleaning and upkeep of the temples. This work was offerred to them because they did not have any type of hard work. This is how they started maitaing the Sanctum Sanctorum and doing the Poojas and other rituals pertaining to temple worship.” The exposing of Brahmins, is, justifiable and is so repeated and reiterated time and again. That particular sect is no longer that much authoritative and class-conscious, due to the decades-old social reforms of revered Thanthai Periyar. The author who profusely quotes Dr.Ambedkar on many counts against Brahmins does not make even a single reference about Periyar who was equally ferocious in condemning their die-hard caste system, within which they are privileged well above the all in the society.
The inclusion of the beautiful photos really enhances the book and entices the reader to think about visiting South East Asia in the future. Personally, I love to travel as well and I appreciate the historical background that the author meticulously included. I cannot imagine a reader who will not gain something from every part of it. Kudos to author Ashok Masillamani for a well researched and informative book on travel!
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