1. It's been two years since I finished writing 'The #Sabarimala Confusion- #Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective'. It has been one of the most satisfying projects to me personally. #BookBoost Image
2. What started as a series of articles under the title 'Hindu views on Menstruation' in 2016 grew into a full-fledged book by 2018 having 350+ pages with references alone forming 50+ pages. The book published by @Vitastapublish is currently in 2nd reprint. #BookBoost
3. The book examines the notions and practices associated with #menstruation in cultures and religions across the world. Two themes of special focus in the book are: Impurity and Sacrality. #Women #Sabarimala #BookBoost
4. Praise for Book:

"Nithin has approached this delicate subject with maturity and nuance"- @authoramish

"This book is a timely attempt to set the record straight (about #menstruation)"- @SVOjha

"This is an amazing book on an unlikely topic"- Dr. @bibekdebroy


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