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Ng of life and deathHoly Cow is Macdonald’s often hilarious chronicle of her adventures in a land of chaos and contradiction of encounters with Hinduism Islam and Jainism Sufis Sikhs Parsis and Christians and a kaleidoscope of yogis swamis and Bollywood stars From spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs it is a journey that only a woman on a mission to save her soul her love life and her sanity can survi. If I could give a book negative stars it would be this one This girl seemed to complain about everything she was experiencing in India I think I yelled at the book every chapter GO HOME I read the whole thing hoping to witness her enlightenment and was highly disappointed If you want a book which will give you insight about India read Motiba s Tattoos Ty jesteś moje imię encounters with Hinduism Islam and Jainism Sufis Sikhs Parsis and Christians and a kaleidoscope of yogis swamis and Bollywood stars From spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs it is a journey that only a woman on a mission to save her soul her love life and her sanity can survi. If I could give a book negative stars it would be this one This girl seemed to complain about The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy everything she was Complete Amber Sourcebook experiencing in India I think I yelled at the book Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet every chapter GO HOME I read the whole thing hoping to witness her Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, enlightenment and was highly disappointed If you want a book which will give you insight about India read Motiba s Tattoos

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Holy Cow An Indian Adventure

In her twenties journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat pollution and poverty So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India and for love she screamed “Never” and gave the country and him the fingerBut eleven years later the prophecy comes true When the love of Sarah’s life is posted to India she uits her dream job to move to the most polluted city o. India as a giant spiritual supermarket Sarah Macdonald peruses the aisles and samples the product Jainism here Judaism there Hindus Parsis Buddhists Sufis and Christians she samples all their wares And the book is just about as superficial as it sounds It is not about these religions although Sarah does try for some depth but about her experiences of them with some rather wacky people Both the magical gurus and the hippie types who sit at their feet and swoonSarah like the adventuresome Australian she is backpacks to India has a crap time leaves but meets an ugly old soothsayer who tells her she will come back to India and find lurrrrve And eleven years later she comes back with her boyfriend He works in broadcasting and is always off covering the latest insurrection and massacre with the high point being Afghanistan So to fill in the time she becomes a spiritual tourist shopping for the truth Now this is the interesting part She really does see India as it seems to be a society of great contrasts Whether it is between rich and poor or the religions the languages or the cultures everyone apart from those involved in insurrections and massacres meaning the ordinary people just rub along together She goes to ashrams temples coffee shops in Nepal and other places of worship and attempts to learn the path about who we are and where we are going There isn t any universal path to be found everyone has to make their own or not bother me the apatheist uite a lot of these spiritual homes charge a lot of money for imposing fairly punishing regimes on Westerners who would seek the truth Religion is uite an industry in IndiaOne of the funniest parts of the book is detailing the various people she meets I would never have guessed that the stonedest least spiritual tourists around are the Israelis who are considerably less precious than the sort of hippie type travellers she meets in the Hindu ashrams think Shantaram The most fanatical people are the Parsis known as Zoroastrians in Iran who are the most exclusive of exclusive types in the world No one can convert and no child that doesn t have both parents from the Parsee community is accepted The group she met saw the preservation of that exclusivity as the most important part of their culture and are willing to accept the problems of inbreeding that results from this Their other preoccupation is breeding vultures pollution seems to be killing them off so that their dead can be eaten by them in their traditional funeral ritesThe book took me about six months to read I just couldn t get into it I kept it next to the stove in the kitchen and read a few pages when I had to stir something and as it went on it got interesting It helps that the author can write well It helps that she has a very strong somewhat bolshy opinionated personality very Australian and it was Sarah MacDonald the author who sucked me I wanted to know what she would do next much than I cared about the next So three and a half stars rounded up to four because Sarah is just the sort of person you d love to go out to lunch with and amid the chatter she would tell you about how these a mazing people she met in India are coming to stay and would you like to meet them How about dinner Oh yes you think I ll bring a couple of bottles

Review Holy Cow An Indian Adventure

N earth New Delhi For Sarah this seems like the ultimate sacrifice for love and it almost kills her literally Just settled she falls dangerously ill with double pneumonia an experience that compels her to face some serious uestions about her own fragile mortality and inner spiritual void “I must find peace in the only place possible in India” she concludes “Within” Thus begins her journey of discovery through India in search of the meani. If you have a lingering romanticized desire to travel to India this book will cure the crap out of that Krishna Does this woman tell it like it is the pollution trash urine feces and dismembered body parts clogging up the Indian landscape and water ways Impossible traffic and hoards of desperate people pressing in on you from all sides limping zombie lepers chasing you through dark alleys begging for coins Indian men aggressively groping western women in public because they think all white women are sluts thanks Hollywood I almost had several panic attacks while reading this bookThe author Sarah MacDonald didn t just travel to India for a month or two she lived there for a year or two and traveled around exploring as much of India as she could ashrams Buddhist monasteries the Kumbh Mela in Benares hanging out with a Parsi family celebrating Passover with some Israeli migr s attending a Hindu wedding and a dozen other adventures in various Indian locales Sarah has a background in journalism and it shows Sometimes her writing is stilted and leaves the reader wishing she would just drink a bunch of Feni and bare her soul for Ganesha s sake Many of Sarah s rants are hilarious and she has some good feminist sensibilities but where was her editor Her editor should have rung all the tears and grit from this writer s soul onto the page and really pushed this book over the top One thing that seriously drove me nuts is that there is no map of India in this book WTF Shiva MAJOR oversight considering that this book is classified as Travel Essays Travelogues Seriously Random House give me a call I liked this book a lot than I m letting on I might even read it again someday


10 thoughts on “Holy Cow An Indian Adventure

  1. says:

    I have to admit that I decided to read this book because it has a great cover I should have peeked a bit inside though because the cliched chapter titles would have kept me away Insane in the Membrane Birds of a Feather Become Extinct Together etcBasically this is the memoir of a selfish Australian woman's year in India She sees India as a f

  2. says:

    India as a giant spiritual supermarket Sarah Macdonald peruses the aisles and samples the product Jainism here Judaism there Hindus Parsis Buddhists Sufis and Christians she samples all their wares And the book is

  3. says:

    Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald is the author's condescending account of time she spent in India Her descriptions of what is actually a beautiful rich varied culture are narrow minded and written in a tone that makes it clear sh

  4. says:

    If you have a lingering romanticized desire to travel to India this book will cure the crap out of that Krishna Does this woman tell it like it is the pollution trash urine feces and dismembered body parts clogging up the Indian landscape and water ways Impossible traffic and hoards of desperate people pressing in on you from all sides limping zombie lepers chasing you through dark alleys begging for coins I

  5. says:

    I read the book while holidaying in Northern NSW The reason I read this book was because it was on the bookshelf in the holiday home we had for the week Also because it was supposed to talk about India from a Westerners perspective Let me put it out there this book is not a travelogue It is a miserable portrayal of a difficult to understand country by a selfish Australian woman A lot of what she passes off in the book

  6. says:

    A good book that no one should take too seriously She actually starts off a selfish egocentric woman aghast at the uality of Indian life and grows into a spiritual investigative journalist of sortsI traveled to India this past year and her accounts from a western perspective are accurate But with time the beau

  7. says:

    If I could give a book negative stars it would be this one This girl seemed to complain about everything she was experiencing in India I think I yelled at the book every chapter GO HOME I read the whole thing hoping to witness her enlightenment and was highly disappointed If you want a book which will give you

  8. says:

    India with humor the only way to take the country in stride This book captured the heart and the essence of India and its va

  9. says:

    OK first up I haven't read this book and neither do I intend to The simple reason being that everything a westerner or an easterner f

  10. says:

    I first read ‘Holy Cow’ in 2006 or 2007 It was interesting to look at Indian diversity and idiosyncrasies through the eyes of an outsider who wanted to make sense of the chaos I loved it But in order to appreciate this book you must have the ability to laugh at India’s eccentricities It is one of the very few books which I have re read and enjoyedSarah Macdonald an Australian journalist broadcaster and presenter di

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