And the cause of all of this? A childish idiocy on the part of western seekers who leave any remnants of reason and common sense before they pass through customs. And a rapacious justification on the part of spiritual teachers that pacifying westerners so money and influence continue to flow is more than enough (never mind whether spiritual teachings are actually helping anyone who has traveled across the world and spent years living in an ashram). Mix in way too many drugs... and you have the addled reality revealed in Karma Cola.
Mehta's work is a bitterly funny rubbernecking at the car crash of late 70's India and hippie idealism. I only wish she'd found something positive out of the whole mess (it's impossible that nothing interesting came out of all that bizarre cultural interaction!) A definite must-read for those who like their history tempered with biting social commentary. Thanks to Rajiv for the book suggestion!