The East and the West

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The East and the West
Front cover of 1971 edition
AuthorSwami Vivekananda
United States
PublisherVedanta Society, New York, Udbodhan
Media typePrint

The East and the West or Prachya o Paschatya is a book written by Swami Vivekananda.[1] In this book Swami Vivekananda made a comparative study of eastern and Western cultures.


The book is divided into six chapters (excluding introduction).

  1. Introduction
  2. Customs: Eastern and Western
  3. Food and cooking
  4. Civilisation in dress
  5. Etiquette and manners
  6. France — Paris
  7. Progress in Civilisation

Vivekananda told the culture, the social customs of India is quite different from the Western countries. He claimed that religion (dharma) is the foundation of India.


This writing was first published in 1900–01 in the magazine Udbodhan in two different issues.[2] Later in 1909, the writing was published as a book by the Vedanta Society in New York City.[3][4]


  1. ^ Ramesh Chandra Majumdar (1963). Swami Vivekananda Centenary Memorial Volume. Swami Vivekananda Centenary. p. 567.
  2. ^ Amiya P. Sen (1993). Hindu revivalism in Bengal, 1872-1905: some essays in interpretation. Oxford University Press. p. 358.
  3. ^ Roshen Dalal (18 April 2014). Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 1266–. ISBN 978-81-8475-277-9.
  4. ^ "Publication details" (PDF). Retrieved 23 November 2015.