I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course...

Quirky Essays for Quirky People

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
28 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2013
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Author Biography

Barbara Venkataraman,a native Floridian, is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of "The Fight for Magicallus," a children's fantasy, and two books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course" and "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities." These books are available on Amazon Kindle.

She is currently working on a humorous short story entitled "If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place..."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course… by Barbara Venkataraman is a very witty look at real humor, the kind that we observe every day as we go about our lives. Barbara starts off by taking a look at some of the crazy things that pet owners do with, for, and about their pets, but she is certainly not talking about the reader as she points those out, right? She also looks at irrational fears from lightning strikes to fear of bears while living in Florida. From there, she goes into an examination of a long list of hilarious irrational fears, one of which is hippotomonstro… (oh, just read the book). Have you ever thrown your back out by sneezing or do you enjoy a hobby that is just a little on the side of lunacy? Barbara’s book touches on these things and more in a way that will keep you in stitches as you flip from one page to the next and even do a few “back flips” to see if you actually, really read what you just read.

If you are someone who enjoys real humor that you see in the crazy people around you, but not in yourself, of course, then Barbara Venkataraman’s book is a must-read. The stories are quick and easy to digest and will have the reader snorting with laughter. Though these stories are most certainly about people “other than the reader”, there is always that outside chance she is talking about you. For that reason alone, this book needs to be on your shelf.



A great blend of real life events and brilliant humor blended into a satisfying, stimulating read.

I never expected to react with immense bodily warmth to such a humorously smart approach to regular life experiences.
Must have been really FUN to have grown up in that family!

Joanne T. Lewis


I'm Not Talking About You, Of Course...is a lovely, funny romp through life's treasurable moments. The author captures the funniest moments of life using insight, pathos, humor and irony. This collection of essays offers deeper messages then those that appear on the surface as the author takes us from the days after a hurricane to buying an everyday drugstore item to fighting off aliens in a sleep clinic. I highly recommend this book of well-written essays. Not only is it a fun, great read but I found myself thinking about many of the essays long after I had finished reading them all.



I don't usually write reviews, but I want to encourage everyone to read this book.

You won't regret it! It's fun, it's funny and it's poignant, all at the same time.

Polly S. Goodwin


I loved this book. I just wish it was longer....I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Fabulous hilarious

Talos IV


I love this little book! There were lots of unexpected surprise twists that made me burst out laughing. Thanks for this gem!



I got a few laughs out of it, and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it. Love the humor and sarcasm!