Celebrate the rich heritage of India with Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma, who shares scholarly and personal insights on one of the oldest living civilizations and the second most populous nation in the world. India has a long tradition of attracting seekers of spiritual, cultural and personal inspiration. Whether you are a current or aspiring world traveler or an armchair explorer, this course invites you to experience the vibrant, complex culture, history, religion, landscape and people of India.

Topics Include:

  • Indian history: becoming a nation-state
  • Indian religions: Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Indian religions: Jainism and Sikhism
  • Indian cinema and Bollywood
  • Traveling to India: north and east
  • Traveling to India: south and west


  • Department of Religion, Rice University
  • Rice University Chao Center for Asian Studies

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