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Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
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Feb 19, 2012

did not like it
Recommended for: People who can filter negativity

After reading first chapter, I realized what I am heading to, but continued to read, as a bestseller should have some salt. And, indeed it was there, just in the name of crass Ozzie sense of humor she kept on rubbing on, Indian wounds.

Though her depiction of situation of civic situations in India and obscurity of religions is very true. But, when it becomes continuous ranting and predictable, it becomes derogatory and prejudiced. When she is deriding india she gets very detailed and elaborate, but when praising, she has no detail and language is diplomatic/open ended, you can feel it to be "Well if every one says it is great country then could have been". So she has all negative facts but none of the good ones. Where ever by mistake she said anything seemingly +ve, same sentence has some very -ve thing to turn overall impact to be a -ve one.

The final message she gave is, stay in India made me love Australia, and probably she loved India for this fact.

Last but not the least, in first chapter she said number Zero was not discovery of India but an Arabian country. This shows she is very strong on her convictions, so did not even try to validate history of Zero before making such an statement.

Due to same strong convictions/biases, her atheism got stronger on brush with con-god people and archaic religious acts, but she could not absorb more evolved conscious practices.
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Reading Progress

January 1, 2012 – Started Reading
February 18, 2012 – Finished Reading
February 19, 2012 – Shelved

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