Holy Cow! : An Indian Adventure, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780553816013

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Funny, well-written account of Australian living in India to be with the love of her life who is a journalist working there. She had been backpacking in India some years before and hated it and vowed she would never ever return. A beggar grabbed her hand at the airport before she left, predicting that she would come back for love and she would love India. Because of things that happen to her, she heads off on a spiritual quest, so it is also a journey through India's religions too.

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Lost interest with about 50 pages to go, it started off so well but it just became a book about a religion junkie.....

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