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:Autobiography
ISBN:1616206152
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure Reviews

  • Alvin
    Sep 09, 2018
    A charming and informative book about cows, Indian culture, cows, the emigrant experience, cows, the immigrant experience, cows, Hinduism, cows, friendship, cows, the caste system, cows, milk, cows, and more cows. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lewestover
    Feb 28, 2018
    Somewhat entertaining, very informative about Indian culture and cows, but not a book that I would recommend or read again. ...
  • Joan
    Feb 20, 2018
    If you all were expecting a review of this book, sorry but it took me awhile to really process it. I knew cows were sacred in India, but I had no idea it was so profound. The author develops a relationship with a milk lady in India, and I guess since they're not many milk ladies, it's ...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 23, 2018
    When the author moved back to India after years of living in the US, she had some cultural adjustments to make (even though she had lived there as a child and still had a lot of family there). One person who helped her was the woman who parked herself and her cows on the sidewalk outsi...
  • 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...
  • Booknblues
    Jul 08, 2018
    What a true delight it was for me to read The Cows of Bangalore: Adventures with My Milk Lady by Shoba Narayan. It is the story of an American immigrant who returns to her home country of India in middle age with her husband and two daughters. It was an interesting and eye opening view...
  • devrah lawver
    Apr 17, 2018
    Very well written, and I certainly learned a lot about cows... ...
  • Nerfzilla
    Aug 18, 2018
    I am only half way through this book but decided to write a review now simply because of how much I love it. This is the book I wish I had written. I lived in India for a number of years, mainly in Bengalaru, where I worked, and every page has the joy and surprise of wonderful recognit...
  • 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...
  • Kristen
    May 03, 2018
    When our author, Shoba Narayan, moves home to Bangalore after spending 20 years in the United States, she moves into a nice apartment building with her family and then her life intersects with Sarala (who she meets in an elevator with a cow), the urban dairy farmer who comes to sell fr...
  • Mary
    Jun 17, 2018
    Interesting perspective and look at life in India via a journalist raised in India, who spent 20 years in America and then returned. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rana
    Apr 20, 2018
    Dude. Who knew cows could be so fucking fascinating? I spent almost as much time googling images of native Indian cows as I did reading. A near perfect blend of memoir and cultural and historical facts. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Siddhant Jain
    Sep 03, 2018
    This book is so endearingly cute. Author's relationship with her milk-lady reminds me of the countless such relationships I have seen in India and it was fun to read about her interactions with Sarala. I found this book randomly in a library in Pittsburgh and checked it out on a wh...
  • 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...
  • megs_bookrack
    Aug 29, 2018
    I adored this book! As memoirs go - top, top notch - super interesting and engaging! The Milk Lady of Bangalore took me completely by surprise. I had no idea what this was going to be like and within the first few pages I was hooked. Narayan, a journalist by trade, writes in such a...
  • 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...
  • BELIEVESINMIRACLES
    Sep 04, 2018
    Thank you for selecting me as a winner in the giveaway. I really enjoyed this book - I have learned so much about cows and much of what I learned was enchanting ! This book tells the story of an Indian woman who has lived in NY for 20 years who decides to move back to India with he...
  • Philippe Lazaro
    Jul 31, 2018
    ?You tie empty Coke and Sprite bottles around your waist in order to float in the water; you line up tattered shoes as goalposts when you play football; and you figure out how to get an animal to the third floor. But you don?t give up on culture and tradition, particularly when the...
  • 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...