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By Erin Reese

Erin Reese is a special shuttle writer—a non secular seeker and solo backpacker who dropped out of a winning profession in company the USA, hit the line, and not regarded back.


Packed with lots of highly spiced curry, cows, and comedy, Bindi woman takes us on one heck of a wild trip throughout India. From Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama to ashrams, yoga colleges, and meditation melodramas, Bindi educates and entertains as she is going. we find the Hindu deities, the vacationer catch mafia, and the seashore havens of the hippie path. From “Guru Disney” to the holy hell of Varanasi, Bindi’s bought us clamoring for extra masala chai the entire way.

When Bindi meets an enticing younger stranger who's greater than her psychological and actual fit, her fiery spirit is positioned to the attempt. He whisks her off to the furthest reaches of India—the Andaman Islands within the Bay of Bengal. There, in an remoted jungle, they try and stay out a Robinson Crusoe myth. Will it's the backyard of Eden or prove a ordinary catastrophe? one of the wild good looks and chance of the islands and the kooky insanity of “typical India,” Reese takes us deep into the guts of a rustic and her very self.

Bindi lady is a present to the traveller, the religious seeker, and the armchair tourist—anyone craving for sincere thought and a true kick to get out and actually live!


“Lovely, lyrical, light, and informative. It made my global bigger.”
~ James Fadiman, writer of The Psychedelic Explorer’s consultant and editor of crucial Sufism

“Erin Reese ‘gets’ the spirit of India. In interpreting her adventures, i'll nearly listen the crowds and scent the curry. yet greater than that, I felt blessed by means of the soulfulness of half-a-dozen millennia. Erin used to be born to be in India — and to write down this book.”
~ Victoria Moran, writer of making a Charmed existence and shield for the Spirit

“‘Milk-coming-out-of-your-nose’ hilarious from time to time, and heartrending bare revelation at others, Reese takes us alongside on her unsentimental non secular trip via India as she fearlessly follows her middle via worlds few tourists adventure. Bindi lady is a must-read for somebody who yearns to trip inside and with no, and who's no longer afraid to be remodeled within the process.”
~ Pamela Lund, writer of vastly Networked

“Erin is going areas, bodily and metaphorically, few tourists dare to move. Her tales amuse, outrage, motivate and galvanize. This isn’t the story of somebody who acquired a publication boost jetting off enterprise classification for a number of weeks in an ashram. this is often 3rd category teach, guidance classification send, with a splash of indulgence thrown in. Erin is a talented, exact author, and she’s the true deal as a traveler.”
~ Lynn Braz, editor and go back and forth author featured within the Dallas Morning News

“It’s like devour, Pray, Love — with teeth.”
~ Jessica Shepherd, writer of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook

“Reese stories on an India few outsiders get to witness — now not the Goa events or vacationer websites or political turmoil, no. in its place she dives into the throbbing non secular centre of India and attempts to put her California soul among the experts, mystics and visionaries that stay a relentless of Indian faith. but Reese is not any New Age vacationer packed with cosmic waffle. Her writing is either superbly descriptive and extremely humorous. She captures the sweaty warmth of India, its insanity and grace. Her personal religious quest mixes together with her lusts and frustrations to create a brand new type of go back and forth writing. If I ever go back to India it will likely be with Bindi woman as my guide.”
~ Garth Cartwright, writer of Princes among males: trips with Gypsy Musicians and extra Miles than funds: trips via American track

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