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Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
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Aug 06, 2011

really liked it

A surprisingly good read.. the book cover and the first 2 chapters give the impression of a B-read book; almost tabloid / pop style. I was reading this in parallel with A Thousand Splendid Suns, and surprised how much I preferred this.

Given that I am 2nd generation of East Indian heritage, I disagreed with much of the authors initial observations - she attacks India unsparingly (and unfairly) at first. I labelled her as spoiled white female; from a culture that doesn't know hardship. But it's clear through the latter half of the book, through the year she spent in India, that she had remarkable spiritual growth. A biopsy of several encounters with friends, priests, gurus, self-loating, sickness, fears, and a vivid description of the country - really changed my mind on this book and the author.

It may be one of the best books I've read in a long time.

Morale: don't judge a book by it's cover.

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