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A girls' guide to India - a survivor's handbook

A girls' guide to India - a survivor's handbook [Kindle Edition]

Louise Wates
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Revised 2013 edition.

Telling it like it is, A girls' guide to India, a survivor's handbook reveals to women backpackers everywhere what they really need to know.

While lads can hoist on a rucksack containing a spare pair of pants and some ageing flip-flops without worrying about personal safety, hygiene or unwanted offers of 'jiggy jiggy', a girl about to explore the sub continent will have a long list of questions that men rarely need to ask.

In an A-Z of essential topics find out what to put in your backpack, the intricacies of train travel, the second use of a mosquito net, and how to navigate the Indian toilet system without public humiliation.

An amusing but useful set of tips for that upcoming trip or gap year, and a ride down memory lane for seasoned travellers who are longing to return.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Authors OnLine (9 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travels with a Hot Water Bottle 21 Aug 2008
Way back in the 70s I was lucky enough to spend 29 days in India. So that's why this book appealed to me. Like the cover the content is amusing and if you read the book in public you may find that people move away from you because most pages will cause your lips to break into a smile. Some people find that disturbing.

The author has travelled extensively in India and has amassed more than a backpack of hints, tips and essential advice which were screaming to be shared with more than a handful of travellers.

This is no dry tome of Nanny-knows-best facts. The book is cleverly divided into bite-sized chunks by letters of the alphabet. I found the book so interesting that I was up to M before I had even drawn breath. I forced myself to set it aside as I was in grave danger of resigning from my job, throwing a piece of string and a hot water bottle into a bag and catching the bus to Heathrow.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to have for girls travellers 15 Aug 2008
This book brings you to a real understanding of what to bring, how to react, when to go and any question a girl can have while planning a trip to India.
If you ever been travelling to India then you will find so many common situations that will put a smile on your face.

I'm loving this book so so much , I keep smiling in each chapter (letter) as I can see me on those situations while I was there travelling...

A really must to have

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what your guide book won't tell you 2 April 2010
By Celeste
This is a great book to read before your trip, in addition to your guidebook. It tells you things like what to do when you need a toilet and how to get tea without milk or sugar. It focuses on things that are relevant to women, which is important because being in India is a completely different experience for men and women. I brought it with me on a work trip and found it useful to read there, but wouldn't have taken it if I was backpacking. I think it would be good to read before, and then when you get home and are nostalgic. A lot of the advice is totally personal, but that is also the book's charm.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, informative, accurate 27 Feb 2012
Just back from a month in India, I bought this book before we left, and it is excellent. Easy to read, funny, but great advice and answers all those little niggles you worry about before you go. It is also great to read on your return because it explains a lot of things you may not have had time to find out. India is incredible, and this a a great book to start you on the road. Im no of the grey brigade travelling the world and I found it very funny and informative, so would recommend it to any age group. Cant wait to plan the next trip
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 19 July 2010
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I bought this for my daughter who is off to India and Beyond in a few weeks, so I can only go off what she says, which is that it's the best travel book she's read....packed with relevant information and very entertaining to read. It has apparently been passed on to one of her travelling companions who told me, only yesterday, that it's a really interesting and amusing read...she in turn will pass it on to her sister who is a member of the India-bound party. I daresay it will be passed on to each member in turn and then packed into one of their bags.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all girls going to india 19 May 2010
I bought this book as i am going travelling for 2months in india this summer and wondered what i should expect and this book certainly informs and prepares the female reader for all india has to offer! I would certainly recommend this book to any girl who is off travelling to india!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and informative 2 Mar 2011
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This book really takes you there! I'm planning to travel alone to India this year for 3 months, this book has helped me face some of my fears, answered lots of my questions and made me laugh on nearly every page. I strongly recommend it to any women planning to travel to India for the first time and also to anyone who just wonders what it would be like to go there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 21 Sep 2010
By chris
Great book, feel very relaxed about the trip now. Full of information and funny too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was amazing! it gave me so much information
this book was amazing! it gave me so much information, much better than the normal guidebooks that only give information about where to go.
Published 20 days ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Good information for a female traveller in India. Also written in a nice way, easy to read. I loved this!
Published 6 months ago by Kirsi Toivanen
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls' guide to India
Read this after I had visited India twice! Brilliant book, certainly a must-read - really true to life. Made me laugh out loud many times and makes me want to go back again!
Published 8 months ago by Carole Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I'm off to India in a few weeks and wanted a bit of advice/few tips for female travellers.

I loved this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Em
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick easy,worth a flick through but nothing more.
I read it one evening before I left and found it useful and quite good fun. Definitely worth a flick through especially the section on water shortages which gives you more... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Plato rules
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy if you are going backpacking round India :)
This is a very good book for 1st hand reading of what to expect in India, its a good little guide with plenty of giggles throughout. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by Be Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any lone female traveller
I am due to make my first solo trip to India and was feeling quite anxious. I read this book from cover to cover and the information given was invaluable. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2011 by CarrieC
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly sent it back....
As I'm travelling to India soon I thought this book would be helpful. Instead I found it rather silly and indulgent trying to match relevant helpful info to each letter of the... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Nicki Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Interesting, useful and amusing - an enjoyable read that has left me feeling much better prepared for my trip. Highly recommended!
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by kikapika
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