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Do Not Wash Hands In Plates: Elephant frenzy, parathas, temples, palaces, monkeys...and the kindness of Indian strangers Kindle Edition
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Once upon a time, years ago, three best friends Barb, Janine and Jaya decided to leave the US from three separate locations and meet in Europe. Thirty five years later they decided to recreate the feat by all meeting in India from three different locations around the world. After successfully meeting the three of them set of on an amazing Indian adventure filled with elephants, temples and lots and lots of food!
Do Not Wash Hands in Plates is a hilarious travel memoir. Right from the introduction I couldn’t help but laugh and I knew this book would keep me entertained. The book isn’t very long but packs a lot into its pages. Each chapter has a funny title which makes you want to read on. Unlike some travel memoirs that focus more on the places tourists visit, this book is firmly all about the experience the three friends have.
Journeying through India they visit many locations such as the Taj Mahal and there are some lovely pictures of these monuments but it’s not this I really enjoyed reading. What I like most about this book is actually the story of travelling between the different locations and the other things they got up to such as their trip to the marketplace, the interesting rules of queuing in India and the copious amount of food on offer that just has to be eaten!
The book has lots of great pictures with great captions next to them and you even find out where the title of the book comes from. There is nothing offensive in this book, unless you consider an account of Delhi belly as offensive.
Overall I really like this book, the writing style is so easy to read and Barb Taub has you laughing at every turn of the page. The only downside to this book is the short length, I would have gladly read through a travel memoir twice maybe even three times as long! Apart from having me laughing this book has taught me a little about India too and has actually made me want to visit and try parathas! A great read for anyone interested in a funny travel memoir.
As we follow out intrepid threesome on their calorie cavortings, we see temples a’plenty and a fair bit of textile but really this book is about movement, in every conceivable sense.
It’s funny and warm and scary and did I mention funny? Everywhere is closed yet doors open for our intrepid trio. Obhama may be due but there are more important Yanks there to test the cross cultural queuing techniques and evidently interesting ( as in Chinese interesting) driving skills. An extreme sport if ever there was one.
This small but beautifully formed travelogue is a swift giggle of a book that will leave you wanting to visit, though only in the company of these grand dames - ‘grand’ only because of a particularly egregious form of substance abuse - paratha overload.
And it’s useful too. I’ve often wondered why India is a ‘sub continent’. Now we know. After Barb’s own personal ‘doors to manual’ moment following ingesting some unboiled water I suddenly grasped that ‘sub continent’ is a larger more dramatic version of ‘incontinent’.
Read and Weep. With Joy.
You’ll find the link here. It really will not disappoint
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!
Many pictures are included in the book, with a link so you can see bigger versions (I think this is called high res, I'm not very up on these things!)
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