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Karma Cola

Karma Cola

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Written by Gita MehtaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gita Mehta

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: June 28, 1994
  • Price: $13.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-75433-6 (0-679-75433-4)
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Beginning in the late '60s, hundreds of thousands of Westerners descended upon India, disciples of a cultural revolution that proclaimed that the magic and mystery missing from their lives was to be found in the East. Karma Cola describes in merciless detail what happens when the traditions of an ancient and long-lived society are turned into commodities and sold to those who don't understand them. In dazzling prose, Mehta skewers the entire spectrum of seekers: The Beatles, homeless students, Hollywood rich kids in detox, British guilt-trippers and more. In doing so, she also reveals the devastating byproducts that the Westerners brought to the villages of rural India--high anxiety and drug addiction among them.

"A witty documentary satire...In only 201 pages Mehta embraces an enormous variety of life and death. Her style is light without being flip; her skepticism never descends to cynicism. Given her subject this is a miracle of rationalism and taste."--Time

Contents

Reinventing the Wheel

Karma Crackers

Be Bop

Tricks and Treats

What You See Is What You Are

Behind the Urine Curtain

Forked Tongues

Vox Pox

The Odds and the Gods

Sex and the Singles Guru

Cowboys and Indians

Being Hindu Means never having to Say You're Sorry

Om is Where the Art Is