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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 13th 2004
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
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I enjoyed this more than I first thought I would, but less than I'd expect. I liked it precisely because it wasn't fun girl adventures in India. The author conveyed her fear and the harrowing nature of many of her experiences, which is useful for my teaching. What I liked less well was what seemed l...
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book; I just knew that it was a backpacker's favorite while I was on the road in India. Within the first few pages this book took me back to the place that I have missed ever since leaving. I felt as though I was reliving the myriad of mem...
Macdonald was a TV journalist in Australia. She leaves the comforts of home for true love, joining her boyfriend, also a reporter, in India. This book recounts her experiences and observations there as she attempts to sample the many forms of religion that India has to offer, including Christianity ...
What is it about India? Sensually beautiful, yet also filthy and vile. Brilliant and lost. Deeply serious and ridiculously silly. I'm fascinated by it.I liked Holy Cow a lot. Macdonald is smart and clever and the stories she tells almost read like fiction. Recommended.