Holy Cow

Holy Cow

An Indian Adventure

Book - 2003
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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 finger.

But eleven years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah's life is posted to India, she quits her dream job to move to the most polluted city on 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 questions 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 meaning of life and death.

Holy 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 survive.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780767915748
Call Number: 954.5605 M1458h
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 21 cm

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Mar 01, 2015

Perfect book for those who have been to India, but realized they didn’t know India. I particularly liked the author’s account of her explorations of religions and what she learned from them. The Australian reporters life in India was very interesting. I didn’t think I was going to like this book, but after finishing it I’ve recommended it to several people who have gone on tours of India.

Jan 17, 2012

Sarah has packed a lot into 298 pages.
Although I thought that she was a little too descriptive and negative in her portrayal of the India that she travelled and lived in, she redeems herself in the final chapters.

She has certainly managed to surprise and keep me reading on!


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