Teaching and researching religions, languages, literatures, films, and ecology of India: http://philosophy.unt.edu/people/faculty/pankaj-jain

Dr. Pankaj Jain

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Dr. Pankaj Jain is the author of Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Foundation Book Award. His 2nd book is Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (Routledge 2017).

He is co-founder of American Academy of Indic Studies (www.AAIndicStudies.org) and is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Springer).

He is Associate Professor in the department of Philosophy & Religion. He has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He also contributes to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, and Patheos.
His research has been supported by the Fulbright fellowship and by the Wenner Gren grant. His teaching interests include Religion and Ecology, Indian films, and Religions and Cultures of South Asia and South Asian Diaspora in North America. Before joining UNT, he taught at North Carolina State University, Rutgers, Kean, and New Jersey City University. Interested in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in Hindu and Jain communities in India and the Indian diaspora. He serves as a research affiliate with Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, as scholar-in-residence with GreenFaith, as a board member of the Society for Hindu Christian Studies, and as a board member of the Executive Advisory Council of Hindu American Seva Charities, an NGO working with the White House Office for the faith-based initiatives. He has presented his research at Columbia University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, University of South Florida, Florida International University, University of Toledo, Texas Christian University, High Point University, Lancaster University (UK), Andhra University (India), Univ of Rajasthan (India), and several conferences, high schools, radio and TV stations, temples, churches, Yoga centers, and other community centers.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and an M.A. from Columbia University (both in Religious Studies). In his “previous life” he had also earned a B.S. in Computer Science from India and had worked as a software engineer in India and in New Jersey. Dr. Jain is an active member of several academic and community organizations, is fluent in several Indian languages, and has published poems in Hindi. He was born in Rajasthan and had also lived in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Karnatak (in India) and in New Jersey, Iowa, North Carolina, and Texas (in the USA). Some of his papers and articles are at:http://unt.academia.edu/PankajJain/Papers and videos are at http://www.youtube.com/pj2017. The Facebook page for his book is at:https://www.facebook.com/DharmaAndEcology

Sunday, December 2, 2012

India from my eyes and taste-buds, straight from my heart!

Many of my friends wonder how I can romanticize India so much. Here are my concrete suggestions and recommendations. Just few glimpses from my recent and past trips:
New Delhi, Agra - Akshardham Mandir, Humayun ka Maqbara, Taj Mahal at Agra, eating at Bukhara at ITC Maurya Hotel (one huge naan and everybody shares it without any knife, fork, or spoon, only aprons to cover your clothes!).

Chandigarh - The Rock Garden and all the museums

Almora - Visiting the Sun Temple and the Dandeshwar Temple (Jageshwar).

Badrinath and Joshimath - Visiting the temples and Shankaracharya Math. Food at Sardeswari and Auli-D respectively.

Haldwani - Food at Jayaka Restaurant, near Kathgodam train station.

Dehradun - Visiting HESCO, the temples (Lakha Mandal, Sahasradhara, Tapkeshwar, and Tapovan), Ram Rai Gurudwara, FRI, and the Doon School. Food at Tirupati Restaurant.
Gangotri - Stay at Harsil Tourist Rest House.

Shimla - The Mall Road, Tatta Pani, Kufri, Naldehra golf course, Jakhu Hanumanji, HP govt's tourist restaurants.

Jaipur - Food at the LMB Hotel (traditional Rajasthani Thaali), movie at the Rajmandir Cinema Hall (Asia's finest), visiting Amer Fort.

Jodhpur - Visiting Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort, food at Jodhpur Coffee House. Maawe ki Kachori and Pyaaz ki Kachori.

Pali - Darshan at Ranakpur Jain Temple.

Udaipur - Visiting Sajjangarh Fort, Citi Palace, Haldi Ghati, Kumbhalgarh. Food at Apni Dhani (a traditional Rajasthani resort), Sankalp (South India dishes), Nataraj (Rajasthani, Gujarati Thaali).

Chittorgarh - Visiting the fort and the museum, food at Nandan Palace.

Mount Abu - Darshan at Dilwara Jain Temple, boating at Nakki Jheel

Varanasi, Sarnath - Darshan of Kashi Vishwanath, visiting Buddhist sites at Sarnath, staying at Rashmi Guest House with a view of Ganga, food at Kashi Chaat House (Chaat originated in UP, then moved to Mumbai, Gujarat etc)

Prayag Allahabad - Visiting the Triveni Sangam, Anand Bhawan, and Chandrashekhar Azad
Park, eating at Heera Halwai (Gulab Jamun, Samosa)

Kolkata - Darshan at the Belur Math temple and Dakshineshwar Temple, visiting Shanti Niketan

Mumbai - Food at Saffron at JW Marriott Hotel near Juhu, visiting Elephanta and other Hindu, Buddhist caves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Caves_around_Mumbai

Pune - Food at Shabri Restaurant (traditional Marathi Thaali)

Bangalore, Mysore - Food at Kamat Lokaruchi Restaurant (served on Banana Leaves), visiting Mysore Palace, Vrindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills

Goa - The Leela Beach

Kerala - Taj tour to visit Cochin, Periyar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Varkala, Trivendrum

Tamilnadu - Kanyakumari, Mahabalipuram, Rameswaram

Pondicherry - Auroville

Still Unfulfilled Dreams:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagar_Island (Ganga meets Bay of Bengal here)
Sikkim, North-Eastern States, Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands


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pawankalyan said...

very weekend i would like to vist some new places this time i choose to visit this place before i vist i read your blog really thanku your inforamtion helps me a lot act i am very new to that place ...next week i am planning to visit K Gudi Resort

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