Several nice gems from this book! :)
Several nice gems from this book! :)
Not for me.
I zipped through this one, a great listen. I am surprised I haven't heard of it before.
Feminist book club spread last night; we rotate hosting and it‘s always a feast. Just before leaving my house, I checked the address and noticed at the same time that I had the wrong book in mind—I had been thinking we were going to discuss Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose, a different collection of essays, also by a South Asian Canadian writer. Fortunately, I had also read the correct collection (tagged).
A great, feminist book by a non-white author. I wish I‘d had this book a few years ago. This woman‘s insight into the first generation born in America experience as the daughter of Indian immigrants would have been very helpful in a now lost friendship 😔
ODWABDANOTWM is a collection of honest and humorous personal essays by Scaachi Koul. Many of the essays revolve around her experiences as the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada and I appreciated the glimpse into her culture/family dynamics. In addition to personal stories, her essays explore issues of gender, rape culture, internet harassment, racism, and more. I enjoyed listening to this collection, but it won‘t have a lasting impact on me.
I love Scaachi‘s writing. It‘s so funny and heartfelt and captivating.
She once told me to start drinking rosé because it‘s a literary drink, which is maybe the best excuse I‘ve ever heard to start drinking something new.
A collection of personal essays about topics like feminism, rape culture, self-image, racism and being a brown-skinned #Canadian born of Kashmiri immigrants. The pieces fit together smoothly, so this reads like one frank and witty memoir. It‘s her relationship with her parents that ties everything together; I like that her father reads the segments between chapters, with Koul narrating the rest of her work in the #audiobook. #diversevoices
When I was 12 or 13 and started to notice boys, and they started to notice me, but more like you notice a pelican is eating your lunch on the beach…
Bravery is for parents or people who get tattoos in another language.
Many of these essays were interesting enough, but ultimately kind of forgettable? I didn't feel like any of them really moved me or made any really insightful points about the topics she discusses (internet harassment, race/racism in Canada, second generation experiences, shadism and sexism in Indian communitites). I also didn't really find them funny either. I think I just wanted some more substance or reflection on the stories she shares?
^-^ absolute delight!!
Putting this nicely, this book was awful. The character was not relatable and I ended up hating her at the end. This author had such an amazing opportunity to express how amazing Indian culture is and she just raged on the culture the whole book, which to me, was a little dis-tastful. I would not recomend.
Been putting it off. Think I'm ready to read it now.
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Solid collection of personal essays. Strongest when Koul spoke about her parents immigration from India to Canada and her experience growing up brown in a largely white neighborhood. Her essays about an Indian wedding and online trolls were particularly strong. Other essays meandered without really reaching their point. I was skimming near the end, but still think it‘s worth picking up.
Interesting and funny book.
The beauty of this book besides it‘s hilarity is how relatable Scaachi Koul is. She‘s a thirty something single girl of Indian descent, I‘m a 50 something Jewish wife & mother and yet, Scaachi‘s family could easily be mine 😊Her parents, Indian immigrants were my favorite part of this collection as I recognized so much of my own parents in their overwhelming love and sense of family & tradition. Easy to read with some real insight❣️❣️❣️
A great book to read after a long day.
I've been in a real reading slump the past couple of weeks--probably helped along by some traveling and then some post-travel illness.
But I've still got Scaachi Koul's essay collection in my bedside bookshelf, so I'm seeing if I can chip away at it and get back on track.
This book was a beautiful, funny collection of stories from the author's life looking at love, relationships to one's body, parental relationships, a connection to the homeland of her parents and more through the eyes of a child of immigrants. #bookclubreads
Hilarious and excellent. My first five star read of the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
⭐️⭐️ I‘m almost leaning towards a ‘Pan‘ review but can‘t bring myself to do it. The writing was lovely and the author‘s narration was ok but I just couldn‘t connect with the author. She annoyed me more often than not. And the mood/tone of the book was not in line with my current frame of mind. I hate that I didn‘t like this more given the great reviews it received. #unpopularopinion
I really liked this! Great on audio too, she does a beautiful job reading it. Definitely recommend.
This is a 5 ⭐️ read for me, but it won‘t be for everyone. I can deeply relate to being a child of immigrant parents whose expectations suffocate you on a daily basis and whose anger makes your world spin. I can also relate to having so many fears...so many. I can also relate to the many ways those fears make your life so small until you realize you‘re not living. And then you can make changes to that. If you can relate any of this, read it.
Papa seems like a hoopy frood who knows where his towel is. #24in48
I did not expect this to be the hilarious essay collection it turned out to be. Scaachi shares what it‘s like to grow up in Canada as the daughter of Indian immigrants. And what it's like, generally, to be a 21st century woman. I especially resonated with her story "Size Me Up", where she talks about getting stuck in a skirt at a clothing retailer – where she once worked! I'm looking forward to reading more of her essays in the future. - A⠀
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this audiobook. It was sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, & always engaging. I love hearing people talk about themselves. Even details of people‘s everyday lives can have resonance and meaning. We‘re all different, and somehow all the same. I believe each person is a collection of stories waiting to be told. This book was a collection of stories about racism, & feminism, & family. Stories worth listening to.
I‘m feeling restless tonight, so I‘m sitting in bed with my headphones in, playing candy crush on my phone and listening to this audiobook. For now anyway.
Smoothies and essays are a great way to start your day 🤗 I really enjoyed this book by @buzzfeed author Scaachi Koul. It covers everything from relationship drama to race and gender, immigration and belonging. A thoroughly enjoyable read and now all I want is more essays about Koul‘s hilarious father 💜❤️💙
I enjoyed most of the essays, and would recommend this as a mostly entertaining read (probably more relatable for women).
The wedding in India, and Scaachi's interactions with her mom made me laugh. The essay on drinking and sexual abuse made some interesting points, although it would have been more impactful had it not been included in this mostly humorous compilation.