Holy Cow – Sarah Macdonald
The book left me with mixed feelings – some enlightenment, some bitterness and some indifference.
There were things I did not know about India before reading this.
The author, points out contradictions in India and its people. She gets a tad too harsh when putting across not so nice things about India. Half way thru the book, I was a little angry – it felt like I was reading the diary of a frustrated, lonely soul. By the end of the book, you begin to empathize with the lady.
The book is by an Australian journalist – her experience when visiting India. This is a mix of a diary and a travelogue. She describes her meetings with different communities, people and places, her thoughts and reactions to these things. Then, she compares these with things back home at Australia. She visits lots of places – Dharamshala, srinagar, Amritsar, Bombay, Kerla, Velankanni, Pondicherry, Kumbh mela, etc. and comes across ppl from different communities – Budhhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc. I myself have not traveled so much within India, so – it was interesting.
Now, this is not a book that one must surely read – it was ok – partly ‘coz I read this after reading The pavilion of Woman – an awesome work.
You can give this a miss unless you have nothing better than Sidney Sheldon to read.
A two point five on five.