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India is like Wonderland. In this other universe everyone seems mad and everything is upside down, back to front and infuriatingly bizarre . . . In her twenties 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 Macdonald's life is posted to India, she quits her dream job to move to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. For Macdonald 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 Sarah 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.

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Humorous travel memoir following a young Australian woman's varied experiences living in India.

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After backpacking her way around India, 21-year-old Sarah Macdonald decided that she hated this land of chaos and contradiction with a passion, and when an airport beggar read her palm and insisted she would come back one day - and for love - she vowed never to return. But twelve years later the prophesy comes true... The international bestseller 'Holy Cow!' combines the author's quest for spiritual enlightenment among India's many religions with her own engrossing - and comic - story.

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vampiregirl, September 17, 2006 (view all comments by vampiregirl)
Holy Cow is the sort of book that pulls you into a world so completely different from your own that you wonder if the whole thing isn't fantasy. Sarah MacDonald begins by telling of her first trip to India as a young woman, and flipping the entire country off as she boarded the plane to leave, determined to never return...that is until her fiance takes a job in the country she hates and she must decide whether to give him up or give India a second chance. As MacDonald describes her move from a high powered job in quiet Australia to being a kept woman in the bustling center of India the chaos of her world crawls into your skin. I found myself squirming along with her as she writes of new foods, insane cab drivers and the smelly inhabitants of her new homeland. Her search for a place to fit in and a religion that will meet her needs in an overcrowded country with a religion for everything and everyone but her is both very entertaining and sad. Her struggles are brought to life with a rich backdrop of culture and wonderfully eccentric characters. The book is a great read and while I may not be ready to pack up and move to Mumbai myself, I have a greater appreciation for anyone who would brave those very colorful streets and live to tell about it.
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ISBN:
9780553816013
Author:
MACDONALD, SARAH
Publisher:
Libri
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Publication Date:
20040301
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TRADE PAPER
Pages:
320

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"Synopsis" by , Humorous travel memoir following a young Australian woman's varied experiences living in India.
"Synopsis" by , After backpacking her way around India, 21-year-old Sarah Macdonald decided that she hated this land of chaos and contradiction with a passion, and when an airport beggar read her palm and insisted she would come back one day - and for love - she vowed never to return. But twelve years later the prophesy comes true... The international bestseller 'Holy Cow!' combines the author's quest for spiritual enlightenment among India's many religions with her own engrossing - and comic - story.
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