July 17, 2006
“Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure” by Sarah MacDonald
After we spent three weeks traveling around northern India, my friend, who has been living in India since January, gave me this book to read on the long plane ride back to the United States. “Holy Cow” is Sarah MacDonald’s account of living in Delhi for a year while her boyfriend, a news correspondent, completes his assignment to South Asia. MacDonald had been a talk show host in Australia and while she is in India, she decides to investigate the various religions practiced in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Sufism, Islam, and Christianity, in addition to many smaller, related sects. Her experiences with religion structure her account, but she also discusses the history of India and its religions, her experiences as a foreigner in India, and her observations of contemporary Indian life and culture. Her engaging and witty observations of the terror of traffic in Delhi, cheesy yet enjoyable Bollywood films, and Westerners in India seeking enlightenment and drugs ring true.
Posted by terhaar at July 17, 2006 11:04 AM