Title: Milk Lady of Bangalore
Authors: Narayan, Shoba
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 249
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: Shoba Narayan knows she is really back home again when she meets a cow in a lift in her apartment building in Bangalore. After 20 years in the US, the cow and Sarala, the cow's owner, prove to be the perfect entry point for reacclimatising to life in India. Having the cow 'bless' her apartment in a Hindu ritual is just the first step to a burgeoning friendship with Sarala, and an exploration of the complex role cows play in India.

Employing journalistic expertise and the unique observations of a returning citizen, this gentle and humorous memoir immerses the reader in the richness of Indian culture, especially its bovine veneration.
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Community, Relationships, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, India, 2020 Titles, Corruption


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By: TAUR 016 2020-06-08 13:55:45
A charming tale, but not a lot of enthusiasm for this book!

By: TAUP 011 2020-06-08 13:43:32
Most of our group enjoyed this despite it being a bit slow to get into. We enjoyed being made aware of such a different culture.

By: WAIKA 001 2020-05-22 13:23:26
We all enjoyed this book and it was great to read it during the lockdown. The book was very interesting and we all learnt a lot about Indian culture and relationships. The history of milk along with the myths was informative.

By: THAM 005 2019-09-27 12:15:46
The depiction of life in India, the customs and beliefs and the importance of the cow was interesting and at times amusing but some felt it was repetitive and a few got bored with it. Members who were familiar with India tended to enjoy this more than others. 3 out of our 12 members rated it as one of their best books while 2 rated it as below average and the rest gave it an average rating.

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