- Hardcover: 450 pages
- Publisher: BR Publishing Corporation; 12th edition edition (1 January 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8176466743
- ISBN-13: 978-8176466745
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.9 x 17.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Holy Vedas: Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda Hardcover – 1 Jan 2011
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I've see many translations of the Vedas, but what impressed me about this book are:
(1) Translation is extremely readable/fluent, in prose-style (not in verse), not monotonous/boring and uses modern English (no thou, didst and stuff)
(2) Print is good, font is big and clear, pages are good quality, binding is hardcover and feels solid
(3) Translation is loyal to the original text. I've compared many sections with 4 other translations (by different authors) and this matches them (within boundaries of interpretation)
Things this book could have done better:
(1) There is no cross-reference to original Vedic verse. For example, when you're reading a paragraph in the Rig Veda, it doesn't tell you which mandala or verse it refers to.
(2) The Rig Veda is the oldest and many of its verses are restated in the other Vedas. But they should be translated under Rig Veda since that is the original source. For example, this book has the Gayatri Mantra in the Yajur Veda, which is not incorrect, but everyone expects it in the Rig Veda since that's where it originally is from.
Other than a few quirks like this, this is the only book I could find that gives a good, lucid, prose overview or flavor of the contents of all the Vedas.