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Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure | [Sarah Macdonald]

Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.
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After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

But 11 years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah's life is posted to India, she quits her dream job as a national radio presenter to follow him to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. It seems like the ultimate sacrifice for love and it almost kills her, literally.

Often hilarious, sometimes hair-raising, and always entertaining, Holy Cow is a rollercoaster ride through a land of chaos and contradiction, from spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs, that only a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life, and her sanity, can survive.

©2002 Sarah Macdonald; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A lively, snappy travelogue." (Booklist)
"[Macdonald] brings a reporter's curiosity, interviewing skills, and eye for detail to everything she encounters, and winningly captures 'the drama, the dharma, the innocent exuberance of the festivals, the intensity of the living, the piety in playfulness, and the embrace of living day by day'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Prepare for a fast-moving and masterful narration by Kate Hosking. Her characterization of the Indian characters is nuanced and fun. The contrast with the distinctive Australian accents of MacDonald and other ex-pats adds to the sense of adventure and excitement and provides a backdrop for spiritual understanding." (AudioFile)

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    Meredith Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-09-05
    Meredith Philadelphia, PA, USA 08-09-05
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    "Inspiring and witty"

    After listening to this book, I have put India at the top of my "places to visit" list. I didn't realize the book would emphasize religion so much, but this had the unexpected side effect of making me feel as if I'd learned something in addition to enjoying Macdonald's hilarious accounts of her attempts to survive in and eventually master Indian culture.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    H. Swan Australia 08-01-05
    H. Swan Australia 08-01-05
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    "Well Written and Well Read"

    Having been to India a number of times I found this book insightful, funny and honest. It's well written and well read making for a very enjoyable listen.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Harlingen, TX, United States 12-22-05
    Christina Harlingen, TX, United States 12-22-05 Member Since 2004

    I study native plants, do revegetation projects, edit a newsletter, keep databases for clubs I belong to, and photograph (mostly plants).

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    "finding the way"

    Exceptional audio, wonderful authentic accents. The author's candid descriptions are eloquent, including her own reactions and struggle to understand and practice various disciplines and social norms. I learned much more about today's India and possibly more about myself. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Bayside, NY, United States 06-01-05
    Lisa Bayside, NY, United States 06-01-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Brilliant!"

    Sarah MacDonald is truly a gifted writer. Holy Cow! is a skillfully structured story of her coming of age in India as she investigates, describes, and beings to embody with (sometimes profound) insight and humor a wide variety of India's religions, saints, and spiritual practices and communities. The book is a vibrant comparative religion text. And the narrator's talent is awesome.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    K. Lawrence Ann Arbor, MI USA 04-24-07
    K. Lawrence Ann Arbor, MI USA 04-24-07 Listener Since 2000
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    "Fun and provocative portrait"

    This audiobook was delightful. The narrator did a terrific job with the variety of accents (Australian, Indian, American), and the pace was lively. I am not religious, but I enjoyed the thoughtful portrayal of the many religions observed in India. I also felt like I had a better understanding of the country and culture. I have met many Indian immigrants through school and work, and this book gave me some perspective on their life back at home. At times the author is a bit narcissistic, but her good humor and continuous pursuit of self knowledge balance it out.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amnon New York, NY, United States 12-07-06
    Amnon New York, NY, United States 12-07-06
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    "Holy Cow"

    one of the most entertaining ,funny and sensitive book I listen too for a long time. I was laughing and crying through it all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Mount Horeb, WI, USA 09-11-06
    Michelle Mount Horeb, WI, USA 09-11-06
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    "a great listen!"

    I read this book prior to getting the audio and have to say that the audio made the book light-up like a Christmas tree! All the Hindu words and pronunciations were brought to life by the narrator, as well as doing a fine job on the author's emotional states as well.
    I liked the book but loved the audiobook!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cushla New PlymouthNew Zealand 09-06-05
    Cushla New PlymouthNew Zealand 09-06-05
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    "An excellent listen"

    Holy Cow is a fantastically funny listen. It is vivid in its descriptions of the sounds, sights and especially smells of India. It inspires you both to go there and enjoy home, at the same time. If you love travel writing which attempts to get to the heart of culture and the person taking the journey, get this book. It's one of my all time favourites.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-04-08
    Kim Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Wanderlust"

    I listen to this book when I wish I were travelling but don't have the time or money. The first chapter made me wonder what I had gotten myself into, as she rages about how much she hates India. If you can get past this you'll realize that this is to juxtapose next to the spiritual journey the author later undertakes to better understand where her hate and anger come from. And the author is honest about how her western judgments of India soften and turn inside out the longer she is there and the more she tries to understand. This was a really brave but totally fun effort of a westerner trying to come to terms with her assumptions about a culture wildly different (but in some surprising ways similar) that her own. Her descriptions of holi still colour my dreams!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johannesburg, South Africa 03-31-07
    Rajesh Johannesburg, South Africa 03-31-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Superb!"

    Download this one, you will not be disappointed! The book is funny, full of insights, factual, honest and well written.

    The author takes you around what she calls India’s spiritual market, and each step is a laugh riot.

    This is a trip into Vipashana meditation, Sikhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Islam in Kashmir, Kashmir with guns, Kashmir without guns…Enjoy….

    I do not think the narrator got the Indian accent right…but in a country of 100 accents one never knows…

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Harmer Hill, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    7/28/06
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    "Worth a read"

    Having travelled to India and worked there (got to love that driving), if only for a short time with my job, I found myself chuckling away merrily to this a great deal. It perfectly portrays the chaos that surrounded my visit there and I found constant parallels between the authors experiences and my own.
    For some reason though I found it really hard to get through and took nearly a month to listen to it. Some of this was my doing but some of it was the story is pretty much one level throughout and samey.
    I'm not sure about the religious stuff, Im sure some will take offence although I don't see any malice, just observation.
    Well worth the read and the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Rugby, WAR, United Kingdom
    9/29/06
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    "Disappointing"

    Having also been to India I was disappointed when listening to this book.
    It leaves out so much of the joy of this unique country, but maybe I'm biased.
    Worth listening to however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
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    "A good read."

    If you have been to India you will love this book. If you are going then its a good read before hand. Or take it if you are to go! It brings Indian with all its colour, tastes, and issues back to your mind. And leads you into another life. A world away.

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  • Richard
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    "This womans voice is agony"

    Couldnt sound less interested and makes the whole experience sound mundane and a pain in the arse. She has one accent for every single Indian person male or female. People tell me its a fun enjoyable book but I scraped by the first 4 hours over a 6 week period when usually go through one this long in 2 days with my job but iv given up. I cant stand her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    EPPINGUnited Kingdom
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    "Thumbs Up"

    If you're looking for a fun easy-to-listen-to story and are interested in India and its myriad cultures and religions this may be for you. The narration is consistant and expressive, which makes visualisation an easy feat.

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