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Holy Cow; An Indian Adventure

posted Oct 22, 2010, 11:56 PM by Diana Rohini LaVigne
Title: Holy Cow; An Indian Adventure 
By: Sarah Macdonald
ISBN: 0767915747
Pages: 291 (paperback)
Published By: Broadway Books
Review by: Diana Rohini LaVigne, Indian Life & Style Magazine

If you can get past the narrow-minded beginning, Holy Cow delivers! With a rocky start making reference and fun of ‘the way of India’ might seem a bit too strong for many readers but I encourage you to stick it out. Things shift on a dime from condescending to a thoughtful curiosity about India, its culture and most of all, its people.
It correctly identifies India as a land of contradictions but author Sarah Macdonald grows to admire and embrace those very contradictory ways. It is from chaos that she sees the emergence of her own personalized version of India where she grows to love the servants and honor the ways things happen in the land of milk and honey.  Her adventures are hilarious and offer insight into how a foreigner sees India. She explores religion, Bollywood, daily life chores and the ever-changing and ever-challenging weather changes in the New Dehli.  Holy Cow dives into India without hesitation and shows the world that Macdonald is a truly brave author.I suggest this to modern-day thinkers who love India already, live in India and want an outsider’s prospective and western-based folks planning a visit to India.  This soul-searching book was a favorite of mine, but I wouldn’t suggest this for anyone with a high sensitivity towards cultural mannerisms. Absolutely a great book to read!