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The Milk Lady of Bangalore
The Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure | Shoba Narayan
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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 charming true story about two women and the animal they share, readers are treated to an insider’s of view of India. The Milk Lady 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.
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Lindy
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In this memoir, I enjoyed all of the interesting stuff about cows in India—including milk sales, cow urine uses, purification rituals involving cows walking through apartments or using diluted manure, and what happens to bull calves. The best part, however, is the cross-societal friendship between the author and the milk lady. #Audiobook narrated by Soneela Nankani.

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Lindy
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I‘ve returned home from my road trip with my sister. Here‘s an example of the majestic scenery we saw while listening to the tagged memoir. #audiobooks

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️Majestic 3w
Lindy @Cathythoughts I believe that‘s Castle Mountain in the photo. The Rockies are beautiful, especially when it‘s my sister doing the driving. 😊 3w
TrishB Lovely 💕 3w
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RaimeyGallant Just beautiful. 3w
JennyM Wow! ❤️ 3w
Serotonin Beautiful! 3w
Lindy @TrishB @RaimeyGallant @JennyM @Hooked_on_books @Serotonin Thanks for your comments. I feel lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm What a view! 😃 3w
Lindy @erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it? I love the Rockies. 3w
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xxjenadanxx
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Who knew there were so many uses for cow urine and poo?!

After living in the US for 20 years, Shoba and her family return to India to reconnect with their roots. Shortly after moving in to their new apartment she becomes somewhat obsessed with the lady selling milk in the street - and her cows. A friendship with benefits is tentatively formed, and we begin to learn everything we could ever hope to about Cows and their “products”.

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Dianeham
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Picking the next book to read. Maybe this one?

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brennahawleycraig
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Part 2: you ask the elderly kitty to pose with the cat book, and he at least looks at you but calls you dumb. 😹 #catsoflitsy #bookhaul

rubyslippersreads 😹😹😹 1y
LeahBergen That‘s a feline eye roll. 😆 1y
brennahawleycraig @LeahBergen he is a specialist at the feline eye roll! 1y
tracey38 😂😂 1y
readinginthedark 😂❤️ 1y
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MallenNC
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This is the most #colorful book on my current TBR! #readingresolutions @Jess7

LauraBeth This is strangely pretty! 1y
CouronneDhiver Lovely! And the title is fab too 1y
MallenNC @CouronneDhiver It was recommended by one of the booksellers at my local indie, and I trust her judgment! I'm looking forward to reading it. 1y
MallenNC @LauraBeth I think so too! 1y
LauraBeth Oh lawd - you‘re making me stack this 😂 1y
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MallenNC
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A #bookstack of recent purchases that I still haven‘t finished. I‘m going to the bookstore soon to buy birthday gifts and I‘m sure this stack will get a little taller! #readingresolutions @Jess7

RebelReader Amazing stack! ❤️ 2y
Jess7 💙💙 2y
AmyG So many good books there. 2y
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MallenNC @AmyG I wish I could read them all right now! A few more library books and then I can start. 2y
MallenNC @RebelReader Thanks! Most came from my local indie bookstore so I don‘t feel guilty about letting them pile up. 2y
Eggs Have read Janesville and After the eclipse 2y
MallenNC @Eggs How sad is After the Eclipse? I keep thinking I'm not in the mod for it, even though I've heard it's good. Janesville was on President Obama's best books of 2017 list, and I have heard it compared to Evicted, which I thought was excellent. 2y
Eggs Well, Eclipse is sad but by far not one of the saddest I ever read 2y
MallenNC @Eggs I just need to get to it, and find out for myself. Sad is ok, I just don't want misery on every page. 2y
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