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Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood and Water Buffalo Paperback – November 5, 2013
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"A wonderful adventure of self-discovery. I could not put this book down. It is a delight and awakens your senses while sweeping you away. I could almost taste the chai and smell the spices of India." - Soleil Moon Frye, author of Happy Chaos and Let's Get This Party Started
"Warm, funny, evocative, endowed with a winning voice and a moving conclusion." - Vivian Gornick, critic, essayist and author of The End of the Novel of Love, Fierce Attachments: A Memoir and The Men in My Life
"I'm incredibly tempted to put Jenny on a plane to another exotic locale just so I can read another compelling, hilarious take on the city gal gone native. Karma Gone Bad is just that good." - April Peveteaux, author of Gluten is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free
"Jenny Feldon's generously told and absolutely addictive memoir is about learning to embrace the unexpected, not just in our environment, but within ourselves. This well-crafted story is a perfect reminder that we often emerge from life's biggest challenges with gratitude that they arose in the first place." - Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance
"Heartfelt, frequently very funny and always extremely well written ... a great read for anyone who loves India, a good adventure or simply a well-crafted story" - Travelati Magazine
"A joy ... Once I began reading Feldon's book, I couldn't put it down" - Babyzone.com
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Karma Gone Bad tells Jenny’s story of going from a twenty-something Upper West Sider who does yoga, buys designer clothes and drinks Starbucks to an American housewife in a third world country. Jenny doesn’t choose to live in India but follows her husband there when he feels he doesn’t have a choice in order to keep his job.
It’s an understatement to say that Jenny doesn’t adapt well initially. The crowded streets, the cows and buffalo walking amongst the people, the crazy driving and the poor kids, women and children begging for food and money is understandably a culture shock to someone raised in America. I remember being shocked when I went to India but it also deeply moved me and made me appreciative for the life we have.
The story drags on too long about just how miserable and stressed out Jenny is living in India. It felt like a spoiled little rich girl whining about every little thing she missed in America. The tone goes from her being shocked and empathetic to the poverty to being superior to those “little brown faces” that stare at her for being blond haired and blue eyed that they have never seen before.
When Jenny sees her Indian home for the first time, she lets her little dog run through the puja room. The room is where Hindus have idols of their deities and conduct prayers and meditation. I found it offensive and disrespectful that Jenny, even after learning what the room is for, wanted to make the room her dog’s bedroom “once we got rid of all the clutter.” Since when are Gods clutter?Read more ›
For me, it was almost painful to read. No respect for the culture, people, and customs of India.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jenny Feldon has garnered my respect for her straight-forward story telling and honest revelations. Information on other countries and cultures interests me, and this book... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carol
A non serious read based in a Hyderabad that no longer exists. Nostalgia inducer , funny and insightful about expats in India. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RT1080
Enjoyed this book. If you love India, yoga, or just a fun read Karma Gone Bad is it.Published 6 months ago by Julie
Karma Gone Bad is so honest and real and heartfelt, I felt like I was right there with Jenny Feldon on her journey. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Julie Gardner
Traditionally in the past, I've used Amazon to download fiction books onto my Kindle for travel reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tonya Esparza
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would at its beginning. It contained wonderful reminders & lessons to accept rather than resist & to never chain yourself to chasing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lisa L Smith
I gobbled up this book and it had me laughing out loud, to myself, while alone, in the house -- now that's hard to do. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Timothy P. Monaghan