Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure

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Broadway Books, 2002 - Travel - 291 pages
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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.

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Loved the imagery & the story - Goodreads
First of all, I love the cover art. - Goodreads
Interesting writing but indulgent. - Goodreads
It's a good book, not a page turner. - Goodreads
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Was fun, funny and an interesting insight into India. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Donna Thompson - Goodreads

"Facts and reality"/ "Boundaries of belief and the unbelievable" the his and her mission of an Australian couple, both journalists, relocated to India in 2002. Investigative journalism or report style ... Read full review

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So this somewhat out of her depths lady moves back to India after traveling around in an earlier part of her life. She hated India the first time, but there is now a man who is stationed in India who ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Sarah Macdonald is a radio correspondent and host in Australia. She lives with her husband in Sydney.

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