The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure

The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure

The elevator door opens. A cow stands inside, angled diagonally to fit. It doesn?t look uncomfortable, merely impatient. ?It is for the housewarming ceremony on the third floor,? explains the woman who stands behind the cow, holding it loosely with a rope. She has the sheepish look of a person caught in a strange situation who is trying to act as normal as possible. She i The elevator door opens. A cow stands inside, angled diagonally to fit. It doesn?t look uncomfortable, merely i...

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Title:The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure
Author:Shoba Narayan
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1616206152
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure Reviews

  • Jennybeast
    Mar 30, 2018
    This was a very surprising book to me, and I am so glad a read it. It is, in a word, about cows. Cows, it turns out, are a far more complex topic than I, as a westerner who group up with them could have imagined. I am so delighted to learn more about Indian culture, especially how ...
  • Becky
    Apr 17, 2018
    This is a hard one to rate--parts of it were three stars, while most of it was two. The author has a great sense of humor, and her excitement regarding all things cow (and I do mean EVERYTHING) was fun to read. This book is pretty choppy, though, and I can tell it was stitched together...
  • Karen
    Oct 30, 2017
    **Note: I received a free ebook copy of The Milk Lady of Bangalore in from NetGalley in exchange for a review.** **Spoilers ahead.** Through the theme of milk, author Shoba Narayan unexpectedly brings together aspects of modern India that I've never encountered in other works. And ...
  • Kathy
    Nov 08, 2017
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Milk Lady of Bangalore is a charming and eccentric blend of memoir and non-fiction told through a bovine lens. While providing a unique and quick peek into India's cultures, religions, history, caste system a...
  • A Woman Reading
    Jan 29, 2018
    The author, a naturalized American returns to Bangalore, India and explores the eccentricities of her culture with humor and complete self-awareness. I originally selected this book because I thought it was a work of fiction, and the idea of the story sounded quirky enough to capture a...
  • Lee
    Dec 05, 2017
    The price of milk, the price of cows, and the price of friendship, all are suberbly explored in this book. Some basis in fact, I believe, and Ms. Nayaran?s mischievious sense of humor enlivens the narrative. Her research regarding the customs and traditions about cows, languages, and...
  • Beverly
    Dec 14, 2017
    COWS !!! Who knew??? What a delightful and "unexpected adventure". The author's return home after years in NYC offer a perfect opportunity to educate both her daughters, AND us on some of the more interesting customs and beliefs of the Hindu religion specifically and India in general....
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 14, 2017
    Moving back to India, after twenty years in the states, the first thing Shoba encounters is a woman with a cow, in the elevator of the apartment building in which she and her family are moving. This is her first introduction to Sarala who will soon be her introduction to all things cow...
  • devrah lawver
    Apr 17, 2018
    Very well written, and I certainly learned a lot about cows... ...
  • Joann
    Feb 10, 2018
    What you have here is a delightful story mixed in with everything you might want to know, or not, about the cows of India. How important and integral they are to Indian culture. This is written by an Indian woman who came of age in the United States and returns to Bangalore with her hu...
  • Jayeeta
    Jan 23, 2018
    For this one, I was split between a 2 star and 4 star. This book was weird in several different ways. Firstly, who writes a book on cows? And then who reads it? :P It felt like the author was fairly obsessed with her new found love/respect/info-overload on cows and she wanted to share...
  • Sandy
    Feb 07, 2018
    I?m lactose intolerant yet here I am reading a book about cows and milk. Hum? I thought this novel sounded interesting and that is why I asked to read it and interesting is what I got. I found out a great deal about cows but I also got an interesting story about a woman who packed up...
  • Amy Layton
    Jan 15, 2018
    I didn?t expect to love this book so much or learn that much about milk from it. Not to mention, of course, the way India as a whole tends to treat cows, and why, and what they like to do not only with the milk, but urine and feces as well. Talk about versatile functionality! Writ...
  • Hayley DeRoche
    Mar 23, 2018
    This book suffers from a few things. 1. I *suspect* that Narayan got a book deal for this idea, and then had to follow through, because the relationship she has with Sarala seems so forced at times! It's not a friendship, it's a business relationship, but it always seems like Naraya...
  • Madhusree
    Apr 04, 2018
    I loved this book. I learned a whole lot about the holy cow. It is even funnier because I read it in Wisconsin- America's Dairyland. The return home of an Indian woman from America & her complete absorption in to India- its obsession with cows& her breathless research into bree...
  • Virginia Myers
    Dec 22, 2017
    This book was not what I expected. I saw in Book Browse that it was categorized as a "biography/memoir" and I somehow expected something different than what this book turned out to be. I thought it would be more of the typical type of memoir about some part of the author's life with a ...
  • Camilla
    Feb 28, 2018
    In The Milk Lady of Bangalore, Narayan immerses us in the culture, customs, myths, religion, sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of her homeland. Narayan was born in India, immigrated to the United States as a child, and returns to Bangalore with her husband and two daughters so they c...
  • enyanyo
    Dec 20, 2017
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed Shoba Narayan?s memoir. First of all it was the milk: sweet, fresh and healing milk. Milk is friendship and family; connection and compromise; nourishme...
  • Nicole Means
    Feb 18, 2018
    Wow! ?The Milk Lady if Bangalore? transported me back to 2010 when I had the pleasure of spending over a week in Bangalore. I only wish this book had been written then because the author provides so much insight into the ubiquitous cow found on the streets of Bangalore. Upon first ...
  • Jill Meyer
    Feb 02, 2018
    Okay. So, I enjoy reading books about India, Indians, Indian-Americans, Indian food, history, and the society. I'll never get to India because I couldn't deal with the climate, so reading about the country, its people, and eating the food at restaurants here have to suffice. Shoba Nara...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 21, 2018
    Some books enter into my life for the simple purpose of making me a more informed world citizen, and I am all for that. However, THE MILK LADY OF BANGALORE 100% did that, but also did the almost impossible and utterly charmed and entertained me at the same time. Narayan has taken a top...
  • Jess Johnson
    Nov 11, 2017
    Not my cup of tea cow urine. There were parts of this book I found delightful -- particularly the insight into Indian culture both past and present. That said, I found the narrator problematic. It felt like she couldn't decide if she or the milk lady were the protagonist and she en...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Jan 20, 2018
    This was an unexpected and delightful surprise. Narayan has written a light and informative book about modern India and, well, cows. She's got a terrific voice that never condescends. It's less a memoir than a story of a unique friendship with Sarala, the milk lady and of Narayan comin...
  • Lois
    Dec 25, 2017
    This non-fiction gives lot of information on life in India. It helped me understand why the cow is sacred to Hindus and how this impacts life. I read this for Book-browse and was given a pre-publication copy. Had I not agreed to read this book, I am not sure I would have continued. I w...
  • Renée (bookishblissandbeauty)
    Jan 21, 2018
    *An advanced reader ebook copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I loved reading Narayan's unique perspective on Indian culture. Though raised in India, Narayan spent 20 years in the U.S. before moving back with her husband and two childre...
  • Robert Yokoyama
    Feb 11, 2018
    Shoba Narayan describes a part of India that I would love to visit. She is New York educated journalist but was born and raised in India. She moved with her family to Bangalore so she could reconnect to her Indian culture. Bangalore is a place where people of different religious belief...
  • Hannah McKelson
    Mar 11, 2018
    Charming and a refreshing change of perspective - I've read very few books that focus on the culture of India, especially when the focus is on the juxtaposition of and parallels between the well-off and impoverished. However, I found the narrator to be a bit repetitive, the plot (obtai...
  • Divya
    Apr 17, 2018
    I rate books based on the emotional impact it left on me, so this book got a 3 star rating because it didn't really do that. I also rate books based on whether or not it fulfilled the purpose the author was trying to convey. And this book did just that. Which is good. But that's why I'...
  • Beth Ann
    Dec 11, 2017
    This was a delightful read! The cow in the elevator reminded me of baby camels in the back of a pickup I saw in Saudi Arabia. Ms Narayan has one foot in the States and one in India. That coupled with her language skills allow a glimpse into Indian life that one would never get just fro...
  • Deepa
    Mar 03, 2018
    I started reading "The Cows of Bangalore - And how I came to own one" by Shoba Narayan yesterday. Ignored all the pending work around the house till I finished reading it this morning. I stayed glued to the book. Needless to say, I LOVE the book. It is so layered, with that thread of s...