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Fun Indian Travel Memoir "Three women who have been friends for 35 years, since they roomed together at University decided on a re-union in India. Their aim was to eat their way across the country and slip in a temple viewing or two, plus see some of the vibrant colours and culture this continent has to offer."--Rosie Amber, Book Reviewer
Best non-fiction book I've ever read ... hands down. -- Crystin Goodwin, Author Blessings of Myrilla series
So Funny!...delightful travelogue!--Cathy Ryan, BetweenTheLines reviews
Delightful hilarity! "I started off highlighting passages for quotes, soon realising I would end up quoting more of the book than I was leaving out. " --Terry Tyler, best-selling author
Humour, Friendship & Exotic Locations "The exotic, colourful, frenetic places they visited are beguiling but no visit to India could be so entertaining without Barb and her friends accompanying you!"--Lizanne Lloyd, Author
From the Author
DO NOT WASH HANDS IN PLATES is the story of three women eating our way across India in search of adventure, elephants, temples, palaces, western toilets, monkeys, the perfect paratha...and the kindness of Indian strangers.
I blame the author of this book for making me gain ten pounds during the course of reading it. If you love travel and you love food, then this is a book that you cannot pass up. Barb Taub and her friends have had many adventures, and her recounting of this one is hilarious and worth the time to read. From the food in India, the food in India and the food in India, as well as various other adventures, this book will not only make you hungry, but also make you laugh out loud.
I have to be honest, travel memoirs have never been my favourite thing, but this one is different. It is written from the heart (and the belly) and shares some hidden jewels that India has to offer as well as a unique view of what it is like to travel with close friends at different points in your life. I loved the pictures that were included in the book and had people looking at me strangely as I would burst out in fits of riotous laughter at the author's explanations of situations and people she interacted with during her trip.
This is a very well-written, well-edited and creative book that you will be happy to add to the "read again" books on your shelf. And Now I shall go make a curry.
If you're a fan of Barb Taub's excellent blog you will love this book, and if you've never heard of her until this moment, you'll love it just as much :)
It's short, a very pleasant afternoon's reading, and so funny! I started off highlighting passages for quotes, soon realising I would end up quoting more of the book than I was leaving out. Not many books make me laugh out loud, but this did.
Barb's account of her, Janine and Jaya's Indian adventure (or 'attempt to eat our way across India') certainly brings the parts they visited to glorious technicolour life, but equally (if not more) entertaining are her observations; a couple of mentions of the motorbikes carrying whole families (and their shopping), and the generous hospitality of those they met (often, Jaya's friends and relatives); she was to discover that an invitation to someone's house actually means (quote) "Please let me feed you until you look like a balloon with tiny hand and foot appendages waving weakly". And then there are the parathas... loads of parathas...
There is much food talk ~ Barb's omelette experience: "One bite later, and my tastebuds went from innocent bystanders to drive-by victims of green chilli omelette assault".
The ladies meet up with driver Suresh, who takes them out to Munnar and Kerala, which sounds wonderful. "Janine and I had escaped winter's grip just before Mama Nature barfed blizzards and subzero arctic blasts back in Washington and Scotland. Everyone we knew back home was miserable. Obviously, we needed to take pictures by the pool to make them jealous cheer them up." Here, they visit a tea growing plantation, have a amazing lunch served on banana leaves...later on, Barb comes down with Delhi Belly when she cleans her teeth in water she was assured had been filtered. "By that evening, I realised I didn't have a single bodily orifice that wasn't actively involved in attempting to evict my internal organs."
When Barb was planning the trip, she said she had two goals ~ to see the Taj Mahal, and to see wild elephants. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you about the wild elephants, that bit's great. Then there's the auto-rickshaw, crossing the road in Mumbai ~ look, you'll just have to buy it for yourself!
If you’ve ever traveled beyond your cultural comfort zone—if you’ve ever found yourself in an unfamiliar airport at 3:00 am—you will relate to Barb Taub’s Do Not Wash Hands With Plates. Taub’s crisp writing and sharp wit will keep you turning pages, and though you may not have planned it, you may soon be packing your bags.
I especially enjoyed the clever cross-outs (references to food!) and photos by Smith and Avyer brought the adventure to life. This little gem embodies travel as it’s meant to be, a happy meld of disequilibrium, laughter and awe. I assure you, it’s a trip worth taking.
Right. First of all, I don't read non-fiction as a general rule. I'm a 100% fiction, 90% fantasy fan all the way ... but this book blew all of my reservations out of the water.
I've followed Barb's blog for over two years now, and I always get a good chuckle from her posts. I read One Way Fare (read the review here) back in 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it. So when she announced a humorous travel memoir about her recent trip to India, I decided it was a good opportunity to broaden my reading horizons a bit.
I have no regrets. Well, except for reading that chapter she recommended those with weak stomachs avoid ... I laughed so hard my stomach still hurts.
In addition to the delightful tongue-in-cheek humor, Barb paints a fantastic picture of India: the food, the sights, the food, the people, the food ... oh, and did I mention that there are pictures of food, as well as a few other random shots? Gorgeous full-color photo collages, even.
Honestly, the only way I could possibly enjoy this book more is if I had a rudimentary grasp of where exactly all these fascinating places are in relation to a map. In fact, there's a very strong possibility that I might be rereading the book with a map of India open on my laptop so I can follow the journey properly ... a huge feat considering my customary aversion to 'real life'.
This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Those who want to know a bit more about India (particularly from a sassy female tourist point-of-view) will also find this book rewarding. I even think the average Joe will enjoy it simply for the plethora of pictures. One tip I'd share though: the eBook starts at Chapter One ... but don't forget to read the Introduction!
After all, I'd hate for you to miss the importance of horn sonar ...