Unladylike: A Memoir

Unladylike A Memoir Unladylike is a memoir that spans four decades of the author s life From stories about a childhood spent wishing she could change everything about her life including her parents to her chronically d

  • Title: Unladylike: A Memoir
  • Author: Radhika Vaz
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Unladylike is a memoir that spans four decades of the author s life From stories about a childhood spent wishing she could change everything about her life including her parents , to her chronically delayed puberty, and the self esteem issues that accompany a flat chest, Vaz doesn t pull any punches She takes us through her college years, where under the vigilance of CaUnladylike is a memoir that spans four decades of the author s life From stories about a childhood spent wishing she could change everything about her life including her parents , to her chronically delayed puberty, and the self esteem issues that accompany a flat chest, Vaz doesn t pull any punches She takes us through her college years, where under the vigilance of Catholic nuns she grappled with a major decision to have or not have pre marital sex as well as the discovery that the female body is capable of some very strange sounds at very inappropriate times Out of respect for various ex boyfriends, she will dwell on just one man her wheat eating, milk drinking Jat husband From their extra long courtship that he didn t tell his mother about , to their wedding day and beyond, there are lessons for every girl who has ever thought one day I d like to be married The lesson is Don t say you weren t warned

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    1. This was a book I received as part of BYOB's (/group/show/) giveaway. I had only heard about this book but never intended to read it. Now that it had fallen on my desk , that too as a gift, I finally started reading it. The first half of the book till the author meets her guy is funny and interesting. But the second half that speaks about her US life and rants on motherhood drags the narrative to some extent. It does have an overall hilarious tone, that I like it. A ' good read ' but not somethi [...]

    2. Radhika Vaz is a funny woman and this reflects even in her book. I did laugh out loud at her musings about childhood and puberty, but that was the end of it. The second half of the book, the one where she as an adult is going on and on about the boy she loves, is a drag. I would have loved to read (I wish I could say 'read more' here, but she doesn't even touch this subject) about her journey as a female stand-up comedian. But I guess one has the liberty to talk about what one wants in their mem [...]

    3. This is one of those forgettable books that could have been easily avoided . It is an autobiography of a person who chose to be different but there isn't anything unusual about the book that keeps you interested in the narration.

    4. Radhika Vaz is a stand-up comedian and a performer, and this book covers a lot of material in her one-woman show, by her own admission. I laughed out loud thrice during the entire book, but stand by the fact that the reader is left with no sense of who Vaz is today, what she truly believes in, what’s affected her and changed her or who she has morphed into in the time period covered within her memoir. I found her description of her Third Culture Kid childhood and her adolescence interesting, b [...]

    5. "Marina Romashko my idea coach, you were the first person who told me to write a book. ‘It does not have to be great’ was the encouraging way in which you put it. This is not-great book is pretty much your fault." These opening lines from the acknowledgement ought to have been put in the Introduction section. At least that way, people wouldn't expect too much from the book. I love stand up comedians, and I'm usually eager to watch or listen to them, so, whenever one writes a memoir, I'd expe [...]

    6. “I have a face for wigs. Any wig, no matter what style or colour, looks like my natural hair. What can I tell you? We all have gifts. These are mine.”I had the utter treat of listening to Radhika Vaz’s standup routine at festival in Goa, just before eagerly buying her new memoir, Unladylike. I read it in one day and because her voice was still so present in my head, it was like listening to her talk. Her writing is easy, affable, witty, and hilarious - just like her comedy, and as an unlad [...]

    7. Radhika Vaz's Memoir - Unladylike was an interesting read. Actually I was reading Mr. Rishi Kapoor's Khullam Khulla before starting Unladylike. And I was so badly disappointed and frustrated that I left that book mid way. So honestly, when I started Unladylike, my expectation was very low and I thought anything would outperform Khullam Khulla :)I must say Unladylike did not disappoint me. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I liked Radhika's witty, sharp and outspoken attitude. There were a few funny [...]

    8. I had not heard of Radhika Vaz until I stumbled upon her memoir (blame that on my poor handle on pop culture, not her work. I'm sure she's very nice). If you're a feminist in India then you're aware what a vicious cesspool of misogyny dominated by entitled men it is (huffingtonpost/2015/11/). Add to that society's strict censure of what passes for ladylike behaviour and you have a profession where women are few and far between and reluctant to cross limits set by aforementioned men. Imagine then [...]

    9. I’ve known female comedians very vaguely in my life. I watch them and move on to the next funny video suggestion on youtube, I’ve never really paid attention to their names or the fact that they were female. One woman in particular comes to mind, she compared herself to Mr.Burns coming out of the shower in the morning. But like I said, I forget names. (If you know who she is please do tell me).The first female comedian I watched, apart from those in films, was Aditi Mittal and her period jok [...]

    10. I've been following the work of the author for a couple of years now, the articles she writes in the newspapers off and on and the articles about her. I've liked her, and I knew I was going to like the book too. In fact, I wanted to like this book, honestly. I can say I liked this book, but it kinda disappointed me in the literature aspect. At various points during the book I felt it was dragging along with way too much detail being given and it was done not in a way to keep the reader engrossed [...]

    11. Apart from being outrageously hilarious and incredibly bold, ‘Unladylike’ is indeed that, but an honest portrayal of a girl’s growing up years by a lady who has the guts to talk about things thus far confined to the ladies toilet. Her sense of humor, witticism, and unique style deserve nothing short of a standing ovation. I would read it a second…and perhaps a third time, for the sheer joy of her diction and style.However, the later half, in my humble opinion, lacked that punch. The auth [...]

    12. Feminist women generally scare me. To me they are just pricks who've found a good enough excuse to justify their overly high sense of entitlement. So when I was told that Vaz is a feminist, reading her memoir was not something I was really looking forward to. But then I was also told that she is a stand-up comedian, so why not?Right from her weird parents, wanna-be childhood, workplace annoyances and dreamy dreamy fantasies to her love life insecurities and her vagina farts (seriously?), Vaz wri [...]

    13. This was my second trial at a memoir.I regret not putting much focus on the genre earlier. This was definitely a fun ride. There were numerous irresistible one liners. And I instantaneously got addicted to the satirical portrayal of the Indian culture.I would've loved a much more elaborate account of the author's different life phases. The only other thing that bugged me was that the author doesn't provide us with any account of her current life except a faint hint in the acknowledgments.Overall [...]

    14. Overall an average bookMeant to be a memoir of confident, modern Indian woman breaking free of stereotypes, but sometimes, it comes across as i-am-better-than-everyone feel! Otherwise a good read!

    15. It's a fun read. She could get preachy if she wanted but she just lets the reader take an idea or suggestion or advice from her experiences IF they want to!The feminist tendencies are so subtle. It's rather elegant and funny :)

    16. Vaz is hilarious! The book started off really well and her childhood and growing up years are full of humour. When adulthood sets in it gets a tad serious but nonetheless she continues to be funny. I am guessing she's more fun to watch live.

    17. This one is a funny, fast paced memoir by a female comedian. Though it is not the kind of book I feel like reading, I am glad that I did read it.

    18. Well written. Laugh out loud quite often. Occasionally a little dragging. A fun ride in all. Definitely recommend it!

    19. I haven't really watched Radhika Vaz's stand up comedy before, but the book, at least the first 100 pages or so do fetch a few good laughs. And there this book's merits ends.Unladylike has managed to get some good media coverage. I picked it mainly because (according to Radhika Vaz's own claims) she is widely recognized as this generation's feminist voice. And one should listen to all voices. [But unfortunately and fortunately, she is Not.]Radhika Vaz's idea of feminism seem to be in aping rowdy [...]

    20. This book might make you laugh occasionally, think through things a couple of times and yawn through a lot of pages, but the rest of the pages would surely seem to reiterate the much cliched talk notes of an average "modern" woman. Nothing really interesting about this one.

    21. I don't know why I bought this book - a memoir of someone I had never even heard of before! And even after reading 'unladylike' I am not left with an immediate urge to Google and load myself with details about the writer.I could have waited until my local library found this book.

    22. Very relatable Hilarious and aptly describes the BS that woman in general are put through - educational qualifications be damned. Its a very enjoyable and relatable read.

    23. Unladylike is a kind of book I generally prefer to read- light-hearted and humorous.Though there are parts where I feel there is forced humor, but I cannot deny I really enjoyed this book and had some fun 3 hours with it. It makes for a nice summer read, recommend!

    24. I felt that there was a lot and a lot of banter and highlighting of events that wouldn't really hurt had they been skipped. A some point, I found my self skimming through the book and not actually reading it. My strongest connection to the author's life was the last 3 chapters where she talks about marriage, kids and her introduction to comedy.

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