Never Judge a Book by Your Preconceived Snobberies (or the cover)
I wasn't expecting to like Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald. She got off to a bad start for me with some glaring geographic and historical errors (claiming Rishikesh was 200 km from Dehradun – it's about 40 minutes in a taxi) and ... Read review
I wanted more history and less chanting and meditating
I wasn't expecting to like Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald. She got off to a bad start for me with some glaring geographic and historical errors (claiming Rishikesh was 200 km from Dehradun – it's about 40 minutes in a taxi) and a lot of moaning and whining about how filthy and smoggy Delhi was. I did think to myself “Oh no, here we go again. Another airhead antipodean off to India to 'find' herself and not bothering to do her research” and my ..."
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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 prophecy comes true when her partner ABC's South Asia correspondent is posted to New Delhi the most polluted city on earth. Having given up a blossoming radio career in Sydney to follow her new boyfriend to India it seems like the ultimate sacrifice and it almost kills Sarah - literally. After being cursed by a sadhu smeared in human ashes she nearly dies from double pheumonia. It's enough to send a rapidly balding atheist on a wild rollercoaster ride through India's many religions in search of the meaning of life and death. From the 'brain enema' of a meditation retreat in Dharamsala to the biggest Hindu festival on earth on the steps of the Ganges in Varanasi and with the help of the Dalai Lama a goddess of healing hugs and a couple of Bollywood stars - among many many others - Sarah discovers a hell of a lot more.