Please Don’t Ask… #bookreview #travel

I’ve not travelled much since hmm…. Forever it seems. I resort to watching frowny faced presenters in knitwear that even myopic aunts would baulk at giving as presents visit remote parts of Britain to live amongst refugees from parallel universes, learning first hand that eating nettles and weaving your own breakfast is wearying.

So when offered the chance to allow myself to run alongside three women d’un certain age as they circled a large chunk of India, via the medium of a book, some crafty piccies and my imagination, I took the plunge.

Barb, Jaya and Janine might not be the three graces, or even subplots in some Shakespearean drama involving daggers, peripatetic woods and some untimely ripping, but they neatly counterpoint each other as they journey around several famous forts, temples and quaint hotels. They shop, shout and shoot respectively, eating vigorously, leaving their driver to consider a wider range of career options and finding themselves stars in their own soap opera.

I loved every minute, even though I just know that hitching a ride with these three would lead to the sort of unintended consequences that might have me hieing myself hence to a nunnery, or at the very least wishing I’d listened to my mother. These are full on exploits that only highly intelligent, self confident woman near the bonkers end of the mentally esoteric spectrum can endure and we are fortunate that Barb Taub has hidden her serious side to act as team scribe.

Please Don’t Ask For Extra Glasses is book two in a series involving our three Amazonians with Attitude – the first – Do not wash hands in plates – was equally compelling. Please give them both a try. I pretty much guarantee you’ll both love the books and be asking when they intend repeating the trick so you can make sure not to clash on the dates.

Here’s some of the links you’ll need…

Please Don’t Ask For Extra Glasses – Amazon UKAmazon.com

Do Not Wash Hands In Plates – Amazon UKAmazon.com

And if you want to experience Peak Barb on a regular basis and don’t subscribe to her blogette, then click here

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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54 Responses to Please Don’t Ask… #bookreview #travel

  1. Darlene says:

    Barb is one of the funniest writers around and can find humour in any situation. These books are better than any travel guides I’ve ever read.

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful and very fun based review, Geoff! Barb is for sure one of the funniest and humorious writer. Its always a pleasure to read one of her books. Have a beautiful week! Michael xx

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  3. Marsha says:

    Hi Geoff, I love Barb Taub. I have read her first book, and so I’ve got to get this one, too. Great review! I am choosing this post to link to your name in the attendance roster of June’s Story Chat Summary. Thanks so much for commenting. Your comments were the ones that pushed me into the deep end this month. I loved them. I also ordered two books because of your mention in your comments. I am not a quarter as well read as you are. You are like the English professor I never had in college. Thanks for everything! 🙂

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    Barb is witty and downright funny. I reviewed the second of those books – so much fun and smiles from the read! She could take a day in purgatory and make it hilarious!

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  6. Ritu says:

    I’ll definitely be reading!

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  7. trifflepudling says:

    These sound terrific, thanks 🙂
    Know what you mean. I watched Ben Fogle late last night visiting a hermit in Oregon and eating supposedly granola which just looked like bits of grass in water.

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    • TanGental says:

      My brother once made something he said was the diet of the ancient Britons. Basically bits of grass in diluted milk. Dad was prevailed upon to try it. Not good!,

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    • barbtaub says:

      When Child #1 was born, I’d read all the books on raising a macrobiotic vegetarian baby. That lasted until the day it was pouring outside, so the Hub took her into McDonalds while I ran into the health food store for something with dirt on it. When I came back, she was eating french fries and a chocolate milkshake, and wearing the expression of a child who’d just had her first religious experience. There was a look of beatific delight on her face, and it was clear she was thinking “So I’ve been eating pureed yams while THIS was out there?”

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  8. petespringerauthor says:

    I enjoy a good sense of humor, so I know I’ll enjoy this one. I picked this one up about a month ago (it sits in a long line on my Kindle) after hearing the praise from other bloggers whose opinions I respect.

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  9. George says:

    That’s a wonderful description of the play actors dare not name.

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  10. Hi Geoff, thanks for this great review. I have read a few of Barb’s posts about her trip to India so I am sure this book is hilarious.

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  11. floridaborne says:

    Fascinating. I’ll look at the books on Amazon.

    The title of the first book reminds me of going to Morocco to spend 2 weeks with my daughter who had been attending a 6-week class there. I arrived a week before my son was to be married in Gibraltar to a woman from Brazil he met in Portugal whose grandparents had immigrated to Brazil from Ukraine. If you’re not confused, I’d be surprised.

    It took hours to get through customs and find my daughter, then we took a train to a place where several taxies the size of large trunks waited for the next passenger. While riding to the hotel, she presented a litany of do’s and don’ts. Don’t get into a taxi without a meter…don’t… After 5 more minutes of “don’ts” she said, “…and don’t say anything bad about the king. They’ll kill you.” I protested that it seemed prudent to tell me that little tidbit of information before advising me not to squeeze into a taxi without a meter.

    At breakfast, I thought the person serving us said “Enchilada.” I said no, I didn’t want to order and enchilada. I had mis-heard a phrase commonly said about God (“Allah”) and undoubtedly my irreverence might have ended in a death sentence anywhere else in North Africa.

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  12. barbtaub says:

    Reblogged this on Barb Taub and commented:
    We might be Three Graces “…near the bonkers end of the mentally esoteric spectrum,” but I think this is one of my favorite reviews ever! Thanks so SO much Geoff!

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  13. joylennick says:

    I love your zany posts Barb. Humour and quirkiness amok as I like it. For me a sense of humour is a necessary ingredient to life and the cement in many a friendship and marriage. You couldn’t wish for a more pleasing review, could you? Spot on! Loved it. Do carry on…Cheers! x

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  14. alexcraigie says:

    This is a brilliant review! I loved the first book and have this one lined up on my Kindle ready to entertain. Thanks to both of you for a most entertaining time!

    Liked by 1 person

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