The Milk Lady of Bangalore

The Milk Lady of Bangalore

An Unexpected Adventure

eBook - 2018
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The intertwining paths of two unforgettable women become a humorous and heartfelt exploration of India, cows, food, culture, economics, karma, class, friendship--and our deep connection to the animals who live among us. When Shoba Narayan, a writer and cookbook author who has lived for years in Manhattan, moves back to Bangalore with her family, she befriends the milk lady, from whom she buys fresh milk every day. Over time these two women from very different backgrounds bond not only over cows but also family, food, and life. When Narayan agrees to buy the milk lady a new cow (why not, she needs one, and Narayan can afford it), they set off looking for the just right cow. What was at first a simple economic transaction becomes something much deeper, though never without a hint of slapstick. When Narayan starts dreaming of cows, a little Ayurvedic medicine is in order. (Cow urine tablets, anyone?) When Narayan offers her neighbors fresh cow's milk, we learn about the uses of milk in Indian culture. When Narayan wants a cow to bless her house, the spiritual and historical role cows play in India is explored. And when the newly purchased cow has a male calf, Narayan must deliver it to a shelter for unwanted cows. In this unusual story, readers are treated to an insider's of view of India and the special place cows hold there. The Cows of Bangalore is also a window into our universal connection to food and its sources, the intricacies of female friendship, and our relationship to all animals.
Publisher: [United States] :, Algonquin Books,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781616207618
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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JessicaGma Aug 31, 2018

I learned a lot about the relationship between cows and the people of India from this book. It's a very interesting read and perfect for the armchair traveller.

Jul 07, 2018

Nothing like the beginning of a book where a new resident in a Bangalore India apartment getting on a elevator with a COW to whet the readers interest. When a ex-pat and her family return to India to live, her interest in the lady who brings them milk brings a lot more than just a friendship, it brings a whole new world of cows and their importance in India. Interesting, funny and a great introduction to the sacred cows of India.

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