At home, Meera Syal’s women “walk in small steps, talk in sweet tones, pour dainty cupfuls, and refill plates in the shake of a dupatta,” but at work, they “kick ass across courtrooms and computer screens.” In a book somewhere between Waiting to Exhale and Bridget Jones’s Diary, Syal has created an indelible portrait of a close-knit group of Indian women living in London. Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee is the story of Chila, a nice Punjabi girl married to the urbane Deepak, and her two childhood confidants: Sunita, the former activist law student, now an overweight, depressed housewife and mother; and the chic, beautiful Tania, who has rejected marriage in favor of a high-powered career in television and life in a trendy apartment with her English boyfriend. This hilariously scathing, no-holds-barred novel from the award-winning author of Anita and Me describes what happens when one of them makes a documentary, starring the other two, about contemporary urban Indian life.
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When Tania makes a documentary on relationships, she includes Chila and Sunita, but the results are less than pleasing: the film exposes Chila as simpering and obedient, then displays the frost that has developed between Sunita and her husband.| Read Full Review of Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
That's the message in Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee -- a sharply amusing novel about three second-generation friends in London who support each other through struggles of marriage and career until an unexpected betrayal throws their lives into disarray.Jun 28 2000 | Read Full Review of Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
A British-born Indian whose first novel, 1997's Anita and Me, was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize, Syal deftly captures the growing pains of second-generation Indian women who "meet the world head up, head on" in their careers but "bow down gratefully [and] cling to compromise" with t...Jun 19 2000 | Read Full Review of Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
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