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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.
Friendship + photography + travel = an irresistible combination for me! I have to admit I'm an avid subscriber to Barb Taub's informative and insightful, and always hilarious, blog. When I read she (along with her BFFs) was publishing a memoir about their trip to India, I couldn't wait to download it. Needless to say, I laughed my way through this quick, entertaining read ... even the painful moments (e.g. Delhi Belly ... sorry, Barb ... and death-defying driving) were hilarious and that takes a certain talent. Colors, smells, tastes, sights and sounds ... and the unending hospitality of the people of India ... all come alive. The reader is offered an insightful look at countryside, cities, cuisine and cultural proclivities and the photography is outstanding. Reading this tasty travel memoir is an all-encompassing experience. However, as much as I enjoyed all that, what I loved most was the friendship shared by Barb, Jaya and Janine. After 35 years, their bond is as strong as ever. That is a treasure to experience in itself!
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’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.
Well written, very funny look at her travels in India! Barb has a humorous way of looking at the world! I read it aloud. The only problem was pronouncing all the place and people names! It's a true travel journal, written in a very entertaining way. I got a good idea of what it would have been like to have gone along to India with these three women. Read it before taking off for India, or any trip really, and I think it will leave you with a better appreciation of the people and situations you may encounter!
Being from India and encountering first hand many or most of the amazing, thrilling, confusing and totally 'only in India' experiences that is described here with priceless detail and humor, I have to say this book is simply one of the most interesting catalog of travels in India that I have read recently. Am thrilled I came across Barb Taub's book from a post by Jaya Ayyer, one of the three (heroic, I should add) travelers in this amazing (and brave !! ) adventure. Bravo ladies . And thanks for writing about it - reading it, it felt like one is there with them - all the way from steaming cups of chai at roadside shacks, the splendour of hand made textiles and handicrafts, and the hospitality of all those along the way. All so written about with inimitable humor I had to read it all at one go. Anyone planning a trip to India, or who did already have one and can reminisce from this narrative - read this ! Most enjoyable in all ways !! :)
I am a tough critic when it comes to travel memoirs and this one sort of bit the dust for me. It got great reviews and I don't know why. I've read Frank Kusy's books on India and they are awesome. This was an ok memoir about three friends of 35 years that travel to India. A few entertaining moments but nothing memorable. The pictures were too small to see anything so that was a waste on my Kindle. I'd pass on this travel memoir.
Loved this book. A fast, easy, and very enjoyable read. The author uses a great device of crossing out words that she really means.
This quote about sums it up for me: "I am not a sharer. My dog is never allowed in my bed, my books never leave my house, and I never ever occupy a hotel room with those I haven't wed or given birth to— and sometimes, not even with them."
I was not fortunate enough to have made a lifelong friend who could give me an insider's guided tour to India but I was lucky enough to spend a very pleasant time reading about Barb's, Jaya's and Janine's trip. Reading about it from home meant that I missed out on all of the exciting experiences firsthand and I am consoling myself with the fact that I also missed out on the not so marvelous experiences as well. Barb's writing is entertaining, the travelogue was informative and Jaya's and Janine's pictures were wonderful. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants a quick getaway without leaving home.