#BookReview Do Not Wash Hands in Plates by Barb Taub
Author: Barb Taub, (Photography) Janine Smith, Jaya Ayyer.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The title and colourful cover design are an instant attraction and offer an insight of what to expect when you pick up a copy of Do Not Wash Hand in Plates. Many years ago, three friends left America to explore the delights of Europe – having survived to tell the tale (and with a few years of life experience under their belts) they decided to take another trip. This delightful book is a quick, humorous account of Barb’s trip across India with her best friends, Jaya Ayyer and Janine Smith.
Told in the same voice as Barb’s hilarious blog, Writing and Coffee. Especially Coffee, this romp through India paints a vivid picture of a beautiful culture, wondrous temples, and intimate relationships with a toilet bowl!
You’ll chuckle your way through this title with its in-depth descriptions, action photographs, and passion for parathas, and you’ll be booking your flight to India before the end of chapter eight.
Once upon the Land Before Time (or at least before mobile phones), three best friends decided to leave the US from separate locations and meet up in Europe. To everyone’s shock, Janine, Jaya and I pulled it off—mostly because we went to Luxembourg, a country so small the odds in favor of chance street encounters were almost 100%, but also because Jaya was carrying the BS, a blue suitcase so enormous it took up approximately a third of the country’s square footage and was visible on satellite images. We couldn’t possibly miss. It took over thirty-five years before—in a combination of optimism and failing memories— we recklessly decided to repeat this feat.
Hey, we reasoned, now we’ve got smartphones, better credit ratings, wheeled suitcases, medical insurance, and the ability to drink legally. Just to make it more interesting, this time we chose to meet in India, where the odds against the three of us actually linking up were approximately a bazillion to bupkis. 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.
Read my interview with author, Barb Taub HERE.