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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

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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. 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 for that matter had to say about the dichotomy of modern India has been magnificently captured and related by and any book by William Dalrymple That s it Done You won t need anything else But the reason why I am writing this review is just one The issues Indians on this discussion board have with the book s cover What is so strangeweirdunacceptable about seeing our Gods from another perspective I mean he s wearing sunglasses for crying out loud It s not like they showed him smoking weed Which he smokes by the wayall the timeas per our own mythology or brandishing an AK 47 or any other weapon OhI see he has his ever present tridentnever mindI am an Indian and I am a Hindu and I am completely fed up of people trying to act like they are God s personal SWAT team Hindu religion just like every other religion has had its fair share of unacceptable practices which have gradually been outlawed so please stop acting like everything has been picture perfect since the dawn of time We need to start taking things a little less seriously After all religion is fiction isn t it Yup Deep down inside somewhere in a a dark corner of your heart you know there is no one out therebut that is another discussion and stop treating anything religious as taboo and not to be meddled withPersonally speaking I would have loved to see him smoking weed Would have made him look a lot cooler

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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 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. 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 filthy place full of disgusting people with intolerable cultural habits And she spends her free time while her husband is working in other cities or countries on news stories traveling around India in search of religion She seems to have a disdain for religion at the same time she seeks out religious celebrities and empty religious experiencesPerhaps I have negative feelings about the author s view of India because when I was in India all I felt was compassion and sadness for the poor around me What type of person sees poverty and is disgusted by it I guess it s this type of selfishness that also keeps her from giving a face and a personality to her husband in her writingsEdit I much prefer the attitude of the writer in this article concerning India


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 B

  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 just about

  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 she considers herself superior to India and Indian people It's a shame that she didn't learn anything useful from her travels or absorb any of admirable values of IndianHindu culture such as

  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 lim

  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

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    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 beauty of India reveals itself to travelers and she shares this with readersIt's a funny memoir that gives a cursory background

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    If I could give a book negative stars it would be this one This girl seemed to complain about everything she was e

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    India with humor the only way to take the country in stride This book captured the heart and the essence of India and its vast array of religions and cultures all from the outsiders perspective I have read this book a few times and know I will read it again But for a bigger treat check out the audiobook A take on India and its many accents all with the drawl of an Australian accident This book made me laugh

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    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 for that matter had to say about the dichotomy of modern India has been magnificently captured and related by and any book by William Dalrymple That's it Done You won't need anything else But the reason why I am writing this review is just one The issues Indians on this discussion board have with the

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    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