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In the dazzling prose that has become her trademark, 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 lndia — high anxiety and drug addiction among them.
Brilliantly irreverent, Karma Cola displays Gita Mehta's gift for weaving old and new, common and bizarre, history and current events into a seamless and colorful narrative that is at once witty, shocking, and poignant.
Karma Cola is hilarious, provocative, and sobering as it exposes the philosophical misconceptions underlying the "invasion" of India by foreigners who flock their every year, seeking to soothe their troubled souls, --and the Indians, who cheerfully exploit them for fun and profit.