Staff Review: One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays
Scaachi Koul is the daughter of Indian immigrants. She was born and raised in Canada surrounded by western culture. She is also thoughtful and hilarious. All this comes together in “One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter,” a delightful collection of essays. Many of Koul’s stories clue us in on what it is like to bear the scrutiny of being a woman of color in western society, along with the strict gender guidelines of Indian culture. We also get to experience her unique, sometimes fraught, relationship with her parents that plays out through trips to her father’s original home in India, daily phone calls, and the witty and snarky emails exchanges that begin each chapter.
Koul also contributes a lot to the modern feminist conversation. She discusses the politics of body hair, how some men use alcohol as an excuse for predatory behavior, and reflects on what we are teaching the next generation of women, which we experience through her relationship with her carefree niece.
Koul’s humor, thoughtfulness and wit made these essays a joy to read. We can all find something to relate to in her writing and something to learn.