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Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood and Water Buffalo by [Feldon, Jenny]
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"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 LOVED it. I would never, ever have the courage (or stomach) to live in India for two years, and now I don't have to because I lived vicariously through Jenny in the pages of her book. I couldn't put it down for days, completely addicted to the experience of her lifetime. Plus? No malaria pills for me!" - Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy

"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

"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

"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" -

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In the tradition of Holy Cow and Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a fascinating travel memoir of finding yourself in the India of rickshaws and rainy seasons.

Jenny was miserable, and it was all India's fault...until she realized it wasn't.

When Jenny's husband gets transferred to India for work, she looks forward to a new life filled with glamorous expat friends and exciting adventures. What she doesn't expect is endless bouts of food poisoning, buffalo in the streets, and crippling loneliness in one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Ten thousand miles away from home, Jenny struggles to fight off depression and anger as her sense of self and her marriage begin to unravel. But after months of bitterness and takeout pizza, Jenny realizes what the universe has been trying to tell her all along: India doesn't need to change. She does. Equal parts frustration, absurdity, and revelation, this is the true story of a Starbucks-loving city girl finding beauty in the chaos and making her way in the land of karma.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1483 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2JXSX0
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa11c4ec4) out of 5 stars 94 reviews
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08a8ac8) out of 5 stars American NYC female, 20-something, well off, designer bags and lunches with the girls learns to live in India Jan. 22 2014
By K. Mantel - Published on
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Seemed like a good read. Her husband was sent to India to start a branch of the company - a two year commitment. She was excited to go and since they were fairly newly wed, wanted to support her husband in this adventure. Once arrived in India, the majority of the book was her whining, complaining, holding firm to HER needs and what she was used to in NYC - her eternal Starbucks addiction in search of some form of coffee in India, not wanting to understand the differences in the country and with the help of a few expats and locals, try to make it work. She was so miserable during the majority of this book, she was not at all likeable. Of course, this is the author's ploy to turn it all around at the end and become Mother Earth of India.....but too little too late. 75% of the book was one big whine. The end 25% was more of getting ready to return to NYC after the 2 years were up. Narcissistic and immature. Too bad.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08a8d14) out of 5 stars A bit offensive and too much complaining for me Nov. 30 2013
By Mom's Small Victories - Published on
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This was a tough review to write. I finished the book a couple weeks ago but had a hard time writing the less than positive review. I enjoy travel memoirs and books where people learn how to appreciate what they have.

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? After that incident, I grew increasingly more offended by Jenny’s description of the Indian people and their country. She started blaming India for the problems in her marriage, which I found a bit immature.

By the time Jenny came around to appreciate India, its people and its culture, I was already struggling to finish the book and her revelations came too late. I really enjoyed the book after its turning point, I just wish she’d gotten there sooner.

What I did enjoy about the book was Jenny’s descriptions about the festivals and the places she visited. Her recounting of seeing the Taj Mahal was beautiful and it took my breath away as it did hers. The author did write well, I certainly felt like I was there in India watching her story unfold, I just wish there was more focus on the happy times in India and less of the complaining.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08a8f54) out of 5 stars Bad Karma May 21 2014
By Penelope Gianelli - Published on
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It wouldn't seem right to criticize the author personally except this book, and it would seem for her, life itself, is all about HER, making any review necessarily personal. This is the journey of a totally self-absorbed, functionally incompetent, spoiled Jewish American Princess whose life is ruined(!) when a move to India deprives her of designer shopping, Starbucks, expensive lunches, and daily yoga classes. When for no apparent reason, other than it had to happen to make a book possible, she decides to "change her attitude" we are supposed to be awed by the fact that she jumps back into meaningful existence by hiring servants and then finding places to shop and to eat out while being chauffeured around. She even learns to light a gas stove with (insert amazed OMG here) a REAL match. Don't continue reading to the end expecting some sort of epiphany. The author returns to her former life, now pregnant, without any articulated enlightenment, other than life is good. Which is true for her because for someone to be able to carry on that spoiled existence and get this book published, life must be good indeed.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0949114) out of 5 stars Beach book Feb. 1 2014
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A prolonged whine from someone who made no attempt to adjust to things not from "home".
For me, it was almost painful to read. No respect for the culture, people, and customs of India.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08a8fcc) out of 5 stars Too much complaining!! Jan. 14 2014
By george lamb - Published on
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I felt the author was a spoiled, young woman who wrote more about why she hated her time in India than she told the reader about that fascinating country, She finally changed her tune at the end, but that was entirely too late for me!