Official Desisisters Stamp of Approval,
This review is from: Are You Indian?: A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in America (Paperback)
Are You Indian?: A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in AmericaI was lucky enough to be possibly THE first person to get their hands on this book in the UK....
A keen follower of @Badswami on Twitter I'm familiar with his sense of humour (for the initiated @Badswami is Sanjit Singh) I follow his blog and love the sock puppet adventures of Falgun and Ashok...
This is Sanjits publishing debut , and I hope the sign of things to come...
As soon as I heard about the book I begged for a review copy and my wish was granted (thank you Twitter/Sanjit/Universe...) I got a message saying the book would be here Dec 3rd,BUT next day knock on the door, postman and here it was...
Had tons to do, told myself it was staying to one side until finished, then, thought, well...
may as well have a peek....you can guess the rest...its funny, very funny, and not convinced you have to be Indian to appreciate the humour....and I didn't put it down until the last page... I even loved the afterword..
Its a very desi book... gentle humour for the most part, accurate as all good humour should be, capturing the insanity of human behaviour... but with a teeny weeny little undertone of seriousness and a very strong love and pride in Mr Singh saabs 'heritage'....
Its a book that I can see many 'NRA's enjoying... non-resident Apne,non resident 'brown' folk wherever their roots were, Pakistan, India Bangladesh
and I think its got great value for people who know nothing about this world of the 'brown kid in a white world..'
Regardless of who you are, the sense of humour is quietly wicked...and not to be missed by the discerning reader of witty humour :) (I am including myself in that category :))
Amongst the disclaimers pre-content, no offence meant, I love my culture, blah blah... Mr BadSwami slips in with
'If after reading these disclaimers, you are still offended by my observations and stories, then the two of us should put 'ghee' all over our bodies and wrestle to the death. Its really the best way to settle difference of opinion' .. yeah, I laughed out loud...spat my chai out even...
the book opens withba quiz, 'Are You indian'... have to confess, white as I am, I didnlt score too badly.. long story... but following the quiz...your resulst are assessed..
'very' Indian, book = roadmap to growing up as an Indian In America
'Somewhat ' Indian = 'helpful guide to growing up 'rather' Indian in America.
'Non-Indian' ... 'an interesting, voyeuristic look into the cultrural mishaps of being an Indian in America..'
I loved it.... already hastily pencilling onto my Christmas present list for friends that i know will appreciate the humour....
I seriously hope this is the first of many books to come from Sanjit Singh...The afterword really drew my attention.... I'll let you find that one yourself.... but think there are more stories to be told...and certainly rthe lyrical skill to do them justice...
I love the book, I love Bad Swami(Sanjit Singh) ,what more can I say
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