One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

Scaachi Koul's debut collection of fierce and funny essays focuses on growing up in Canada as the daughter of Indian immigrants.

Scaachi Koul

In One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi deploys her razor-sharp humour to share her fears, outrages and mortifying experiences as an outsider growing up in Canada.

Her subjects range from shaving her knuckles in grade school, to a shopping trip gone horribly awry, to dealing with internet trolls, to feeling out of place at an Indian wedding (as an Indian woman), to parsing the trajectory of fears and anxieties that pressed upon her immigrant parents and bled down a generation. 

Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of colour, where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision or outright scorn. She's forced to confront questions about gender dynamics, racial tensions, ethnic stereotypes and her father's creeping mortality — all as she tries to find her feet in the world. (From Doubleday Canada)

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Scaachi Koul and the Silent Treatment

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Scaachi Koul is an outspoken writer with a undeniably bold presence. She reveals the weight of her upsetting personal problem: the deterioration of an important relationship that has turned into a silent standoff. She says it's unsolvable.
q social experiment correspondent Scaachi Koul gives us her beloved boob tube for a whole month.

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