Please Don’t Ask for Extra Glasses is the second book in a series and I reviewed the first book, Do Not Wash Hands in Plates, HERE. Following on from book 1 our three intrepid travellers have once more convened in India to spend a few weeks exploring (covering over 1500 miles) and consequently this book contains even more elephants, parathas, temples, palaces, camels and the kindness of Indian strangers.
Please Don’t Ask for Extra Glasses is the perfect book for an armchair traveller, like me, who will never go to India. Well, I might, if I had a Jaya to travel with but otherwise, no. The chaos ensues for this trio with the Pre-Trip Planning chapter, or, How Not to Get a Visa, and I absolutely loved the list of what to pack for the trip. Then there is the flight, and the meal choices, and the general travel disruption and, of course, crashing a wedding on the first night and I knew we were off on one hell of a ride.
Barb Taub is a brilliant and humorous writer and each page is a joy to read. Throughout the chapters there are beautiful photos taken by Jaya and Janine which illustrate the stories told perfectly. Much of this book is made up of Barb, Jaya and Janine’s experiences on their travels but it also covers a lot of interesting history about the places, forts and temples they visit too.
The book, as well as being entertaining, is packed with useful tips such as where to shop, eat and stay and then of course you have the asides such as Camel Fun Facts.
This is a must-read for anyone who has been/is thinking of going to India as well as those of us who aren’t but love an entertaining read and a book that opens our eyes to another world.