Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald | Book Review

Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald | Book Review

This is probably one of the coolest looking book covers I have ever seen. A friend of mine has recently gone on a trip to India to study yoga and it inspired me to pick up a book to read a little more about this country.

Sarah travelled to India in her twenties, decided she hated the country and never wanted to return. While waiting at the airport a fortune teller came up and told her that she would in fact return to the country. And while I’m not sure if people can actually tell the future, she did return and ended up moving to New Delhi, the capital and the most polluted city. 

She moved to be with her boyfriend as he got a new job with a broadcasting company and was relocated to India. Sarah traded in the life of a career woman in Australia to be a stay at home girlfriend with a driver and servants. This was definitely a drastic change in lifestyle. Her book is a about  her time spent in India for two years.

I have mixed feeling about this book. On one hand I think she complained a lot and was extremely critical and judgemental of everything. I know first hand that you need to have an open mind when you travel or even move to another country and understand that culture is different and the way people interact with each other is different too. However, I do not know what it is like to move to India, which is very different from Korea  (where I live) in many ways. I do not know what it is like to have to quit a job and become a stay at home woman with servants doing everything for you. I’m sure it is frustrating to know you can’t even occupy your time learning how to cook or just doing household chores. And I’m sure it is even more frustrating when your boyfriend/husband who you moved for is gone for weeks on end.

She did try and explore a little bit and even took various trips and classes to learn more about the different religions in India which I found the most interesting. I enjoyed parts of this book. I don’t think I will read it again, but I think that I might be able to sympathise more when I have actually been to India.

If you have read this book let me know what you think, I’m curious to know if you have a different perspective on it then I have.

If you like reading travel memoirs, check out my 2017 Travel Reads post to find your next wanderlust inspiration!

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