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The milk lady of Bangalore : an unexpected adventure

Narayan, Shoba2018
When Shoba Narayan, a writer and cookbook author who had 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. These two women from very different backgrounds bond over not only cows, considered holy in India, but also family, food, and life. After Narayan agrees to buy her milk lady a new cow (she needs one and Narayan can afford it, so why not?), they set off looking for just the right cow. What was at first a simple economic transaction becomes something much more complicated, 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 surprised neighbors fresh cow's milk, we learn about the place of milk in Indian culture. When Narayan wants a cow to bless her house, the spiritual and historical role that cows play in India is explored. In this true story about two women and the animal they share, readers are treated to an insider's of view of India. This is also a window into our universal connection to food and its sources, the intricacies of female friendship, and our relationship to all animals.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
xv, 252 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-252)
Linking notes:
Online version Narayan, Shoba, author. Milk lady of Bangalore First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017
Machine generated contents note: PART ONE -- 1.The Cows---and Humans---Come Home -- 2.Bangalore -- 3.Milking the Milk Story for My Neighbors -- 4.Farm to Table, Udder to Butter -- 5.The Myths Around Milk -- 6.Are You Happy? -- 7.Embracing Humility, Humanity ... and Guilt -- 8.If You Don't Like the Milk, Change Your Cow -- 9.Land of a Million Cows -- 10.The Scatological Remnants of a Cow -- 11.Cow Manure for the Garden -- PART TWO -- 12.My Milk Woman Has a Proposition -- 13.A Cow as a Birthday Gift? -- 14.Cause and Collateral -- 15.To Market, to Market, to Buy a Fat Cow -- 16.The Cattle Fair -- 17.Buying a Cow -- 18.A Calf -- 19.The Cow Hotel -- 20.Finding a Bride -- 21.Three Weddings and a Passing.
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Biography390.0954 NARAvailable
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