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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

Critiques

"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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Meredith
  • 09/08/2005

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michelle
  • 11/09/2006

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!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • K. Lawrence
  • 24/04/2007

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.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • H. Swan
  • 01/08/2005

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.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kim
  • 04/07/2008

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!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cushla Barry
  • 06/09/2005

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 01/06/2005

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.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • connie
  • 12/06/2009

Eat, Meditate, Sweat

-enjoyable and often humorous pilgrimage through much of India's religious and cultural diversity by an Australian journalist, first world biases intact (but at least acknowledged). I could often hear the sounds, see the sites (and smell the odours) described by the Aussie narrator. I understand that the print version offended some readers, but I think the narrator manages to keep her tongue firmly in her cheek so that fewer listeners may be offended by the Aussie outsider "cheeky" tone-- a tone which never has the pretence of entering any lasting state of high enlightenment, just betterment of her human condition while trying to avoid cultural appropriation.

Although a 30-something, the author's lifestyle would appeal to youth culture (a causal acceptance of pot as part of some of the encountered seekers' spiritual quests, etc.), so perhaps avoid this download if you are the staid literalist type, of any faith tradition.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Harold W. Wood Jr.
  • 20/04/2006

A remarkable spiritual travelogue

This is a remarkable spiritual travelogue. Very very funny in places, yet the author's broad-minded inquisitiveness of all the diverse religious and cultural traditions of India are very meaningful.
The book is not merely arm-chair travel, it gives a lot to think about including political and religious disputes in our world. High recommended!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christina
  • 22/12/2005

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.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • mayrg
  • 18/05/2011

Indien - ziemlich gut getroffen

Ohne Pathos wird hier das Abenteuer "Indien" nachgezeichnet, mit viel Witz und Ironie, mit Tiefgang und Respekt. Nicht immer alles davon auf einmal, aber schön verteilt.
Nichts für Indien-Puristen, aber für Leute, denen Humor dabei hilft, mit der übergriffigen Realität des interessantesten Landes der Erde zurechtzukommen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Yvonne Biskupska
  • 21/04/2008

Holly Cow!!! Absolutely Fabolous!

Wow!
Five Stars for a very interesting story which made me cry and loug-out loud, sometimes at the same moment!
In-depth information about culture & religion, some of the girlie-squeeks in Book 2, Chapter with the Bollywood-Stars is a bit too much, otherwise very touching and great preparation for a visit to India!
Thank you!

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