Book Review: Karma Cola by Gita Mehta

This book is kinda cynical… which makes it a bit interesting. It can be a product of the author’s mind, but it seems as if she’s recounting real facts.

During my travels around Nepal or India, I encounter hippie and barefoot travelers whose traveling to these areas in search of spiritual or any kind of freedom.. or are they just being victims of gullibility and will do anything for a crack or a weed?

These kinds of people are very interesting to observe.. Not that I’m interested in their way of living.. I’m a budget traveler so a sort of a hippie but I’m still taking care of my hygiene when I travel.. and I comb and shampoo my hair.. I’m not saying that they are bad guys, I made casual chitchat with them and they are okay to talk to, so I’m not stereotyping everyone here.. I’m just curious.

And I do wonder why they chose that kind of life as compare to the norm. Here are excerpts of the book talking about most of these people, and more:


“In recognition of the difficulties of remaining intact in Asia, most embassies have, over the last three or four years, acquired doctors or psychiatrists or often both, whose only function is to deal with the casualties of the great pilgrimage. For a month, I tried to meet an embassy doctor, but each rendezvous was canceled as the doctor was urgently required to accompany another casualty back to the mother country. In four weeks the doctor had flown between Europe and India a dozen times. He had been attached to the Delhi embassy for barely a month, but in that short time his feelings for those he accompanied, diseased, suffering from malnutrition, or trapped in inarticulate nightmare, had gone from sympathy to contempt to fear.”

“They are scum. What is the point of taking them back where they can infect other people with their lies and their dirty habits? I sometimes wonder why we dont let them die here in India where it doesn’t matter.”


“They believed that Jesus Christ during his absence from the Bible between the ages of twelve and thirty, was in fact traveling in India. In India, Jesus traveled with a guru who taught him about mysticism, fasting and levitation. The archaeologists argue that these 16 years of training enabled Christ to spend 40 days in the wilderness without food or drink. Also thru yoga control, Christ was able to remain in tomb for 3 days and nights after his crucifixion.

The archaeologists are convinced that Jesus levitated his way back to India, and spent the last years of his life in the Himalayas.

The archaeologists are now scanning thru the mountains around the vile of Kashmir looking for the Jewish tomb.”


“We discovered these places, Afghanistan, Nepal, Goa. Where we arrived everybody loved us. Now the whole damn world is on a trail we opened up, and the same people who loved us **** hate us.. there’s too many of them.. they are not in the same class as those of us who got here first.”


“Exploration appears to be a hazardous undertaking.. Columbus discovered America looking for India. The Beatles discovered India escaping America.”

Do you want to read the book online? Here’s my link:

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