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Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East Paperback – 1 Mar 1991

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reissue edition (Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449906043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449906040
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,054,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A witty documentary satire.... Mehta embraces an enormous variety of life and death. Her style is light without being flip; her skepticism never descends to cynicism. [Karma Cola is] a miracle of rationalism and taste."
-- Time
Sometime in the 1960s, the West adopted India as its newest spiritual resort. The next anyone knew, the Beatles were squatting at the feet of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Expatriate hippies were turning on entire villages to the pleasures of group sex and I.V. drug use. And Indians who were accustomed to earning enlightenment the old-fashioned way were finding that the visitors wanted their Nirvana now -- and that plenty of native gurus were willing to deliver it.
No one has observed the West's invasion of India more astutely than Gita Mehta. In Karma Cola the acclaimed novelist trains an unblinking journalistic eye on jaded sadhus and beatific acid burnouts, the Bhagwan and Allen Ginsberg, guilt-tripping English girls and a guru who teaches gullible tourists how to view their previous incarnations. Brilliantly irreverent, hilarious, sobering, and wise, Mehta's book is the definitive epitaph for the era of spiritual tourism and all its casualties -- both Eastern and Western.
"Evelyn Waugh would have rejoiced."
-- The New York Times Book Review --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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SALES POINTS: * Over 10, 000 of this edition sold. * New issue to coincide with publication of Mehta's new work Snakes and ladders. * Her backlist will be part of a huge Mehta campaign for the new book. * Reissued for the 50th annniversary of Indian Independence. * To be part of the Indian Summer Promotion. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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I read this book when I was living in India and found its observations were bang on. It is full of tales of East meets West, East clashes with West, West tries to adopt and adapt to East etc, etc. Although Mehta does a pretty good job at giving a balanced view-point, herself having experienced a complete mixture of Eastern and Western cultures, she tends to fall on the side of the sub-continent, possible because Westerners there do tend to do daft things. Anyone travelling to India, or interested in culture clashes of any sort, should get this book. It should really be THE ubiquitous book about the travelling scene (in the way, say, The Beach has been). But then again, it is not as populist - and is far more intelligent - than that book was.
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This lady can write! She writes as good as V. S. Naipaul in describing the behaviour of higher primates and the phalanx of mediocrity we call `the masses'. Only yesterday, I watched a Martin Scorsese documentary on George Harrison, on BBC 2, and it showed an Indian guru telling his followers, one was George, to worship a particular colour, and that they were this hue or that shade of colour and if they accept his technocolour prognosis, then they will oscillate into the world spirit blah blah,, and also, they must also repeat a mantra a thousand times and, more impressively, he kept a straight face. Instead of rolling his eyeballs, George Harrison felt much better and so did the other devotees! This book is full of comedy scenes like the above, but told much better than my lazy effort. Karma Cola conveys human folly better than a dry psychology book, because Gita Mehta is not just a great writer, but she can turn the most tragic farce into a divine comedy.

Karma Cola is a real taste of India and silly people.
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I'd read Mehta's book years ago and re-reading was a treat. The aphorisms are witty, the reporting acute and funny. Some of the writing now seems a little effortful, a little too eager to dazzle, a little bit too clever. But the tale of the Western submission to the 'mysteries of the east' and the wisdom of the yogis is masterfully done.
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