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Monday, June 18, 2007

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure: by Sarah Macdonald

I thoroughly enjoyed this travel memoir, by a white Australian woman who moves with her reporter boyfriend to India for two years. Vividly she describes how overwhelmed she is at the beginning, and exactly what it feels like to be surrounded by so many people. Later she adjusts more often than not, becomes cruelly ill with pneumonia, loses all her hair, goes on spiritual journeys, etc. Many parts, especially interactions with her friends, are rather hilarious. I have never been to India but would be very interested in going if someone I knew lived there. The book made me even more interested in going, but also a little fearful. It seems just so exquisite and brutal in so many ways at the same time. Have any of you been? Anybody about to get an expat assignment there?

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