Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India by Mariann Margulis
One family's adventure

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Imagine touring a different foreign country each year and bringing your two sons along with you! It's a tradition for author Mariann Margulis to decide with her children where their annual travel spot will be. In 2008, they jointly agreed to tour India for seventeen days. The choice thrilled Margulis, since India had always intrigued her as a child, with its alluring jewels, opulent fabrics, images of the Taj Mahal, and a host of exotic culinary flavors. In her memory, Benares, later renamed Varanasi, was a magical place full of rituals, sacred traditions, and Hindu holy men, or Sadhus. She could hardly wait for the experience!

Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family's Adventure is a memoir recounting the trio's unforgettable trip to this very different land, as she travels with her two sons, ages twelve and ten, throughout the exotic country of India. Her typical maternal remarks are ones that you will relate to, as are the awkward reactions given by these three Americans as they encounter villagers from remote areas, lepers, and Hindu holy men, or Sadhus. At one point, they even begin to wonder if the younger child could be a messiah.

Journey with them through Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, and the region of Rajasthan and live through the mishaps, misunderstandings, and madness of their misadventures. Explore the off-beaten paths of India as the adventurous trio tour by plane, train, automobiles, and of course, camels. Experience India like a native as you imagine yourself walking with them barefoot through the Rat Temple, sailing on the River Ganges amidst decomposing bodies, and driving through a sandstorm in the Thar Desert.

The shared insights and personal perspectives of the places visited by the family make this travel guide personal, exciting, and engaging. The light-hearted depiction of their encounters in charming India provide an informative, enjoyable read for anyone who is fascinated by diverse cultures with authentic, often humorous, reactions to the unfamiliar curiosities of a life far from Western culture. Traveling with young people adds unexpected viewpoints to the experience, its rewards, and the numerous learning opportunities. Not only is this type of travel exciting and informative, the introduction of drastically different cultures to novice travelers is priceless for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family's Adventure invites you along on a family's delightful journey to intriguing India. Whether you are interested in diverse cultures or are planning to visit, this entertaining memoir will make you feel like you are traveling along with them while still enjoying a witty and entertaining read.

About Mariann Margulis

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Mariann Margulis has a degree in Middle Eastern studies and archaeology. Since her first solo trip to the Middle East at the age of eighteen, she has developed a love of travel and has imparted that passion to her children. Over the last six years, she and her sons have made it a tradition to travel to places few people have seen. Their annual trips have brought them to the most remote corners of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She hopes to encourage others to travel with children since it has proven to be a rewarding learning experience for parents and children alike. She lives in New York with her husband, Tony, their two sons, Julian and Fillip, and Zizu, her devoted black chow-chow.
Published April 18, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 216 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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