'Well, madam, I will tell you one thing. You are back in India for a good shaking. Here you will dance with death and be reborn. You will be a chameleon of karma ...
After backpacking her way around India, twenty-one-year-old Sarah MacDonald decides she hates the country with a passion. And when a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists that she will one day return - and for love - she gives India, and him, the finger.
But eleven years later, his prophecy comes true. When the love of her life is posted to New Delhi, she leaves her dream job as a radio DJ in Sydney to follow her fiance to the most polluted city on earth. It seems like the ultimate sacrifice and it almost kills her - literally. One smoggy night, a sadhu smeared in human ashes curses her and she falls dangerously ill with double pneumonia. She survives, but not before she has faced some serious questions about her own mortality and inner void, not to mention unsightly hair loss.
It's enough to send a rapidly balding atheist on a rollercoaster ride through India in search of the meaning of life and death. From spiritual retreats to crumbling nirvanas, and with the help of the Dalai Lama, a real-life goddess and a couply of Bollywood stars - among many others - Sarah MacDonald discovers a hell of a lot more.