One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Scaachi Koul uses a light hearted and often sarcastic voice to dive into serious issues like culture clash, racism, and body issues. She describes her family life growing up in Canada with Indian immigrant parents and the values they instilled in her by making the courageous decision to leave their place of birth and move to the other side of the world. She talks about the stereotypical images of India portrayed in the media of poor brown people running in the streets throwing colors at each other. She also addressed the lack of diversity in media and how it affects her professional life. I appreciate her bringing these important issues to light in her collection of essays, but more than anything, I appreciate her using humor as a vehicle to explore these topics. Books written by authors of color, especially South Asian authors, seldom contain humor. I believe humor is one of the most effective ways to help people expand their minds. Scaachi Koul does a great job of addressing important issues in a voice that makes them easier for the average reader to digest.
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