Books have a way of taking its readers on a journey, especially biographies or compilation of anecdotes in case of "Unladylike". It gives its readers a priceless ticket to the front-row seat to witness Radhika Vaz story, showcased for others to see despite the weaknesses, shortcomings and vulnerability.
Radhika Vaz, the writer of "Unladylike", is already known to us as the woman who dared to bare it all for a laugh and a cause. She has no qualms in speaking about her hairy body if it could muster a laugh out of her audience. Her YouTube series "Shugs and Fats" and other stand up routines are windows into the life of Vaz – the comedian.
We have never, however, seen the Vaz that dreamt of being the epitome of an "Indian daughter" or one that wished to wave to millions of her fans as she walked the runway or even the people-pleasing Vaz that faked getting her periods so she could belong. That is the Vaz that we get to meet in "Unladylike" and she is definitely a treat. The story of her journey from being a child who essentially wants to belong, to being a happily married woman who learns to not give a "F" is sure to touch the readers.
What strikes me the most about Vaz as a writer is her talent in saying myriads about something that happened in her life, but only delving out the information that she deems absolutely necessary. The main character in her story is Radhika Vaz, and while her husband, mother, father and friends have recurring presence throughout "Unladylike", there is not much you learn about any of them. That is not to say that her stories are unfinished or leave readers irritated, she merely has mastered the art of skillful omission.
Even in our differences, Vaz allows her readers to remember their own childhood, teenage years and youth. How often do we let society dictate out thoughts and how often do we commit to things we did not want to just because the rest of the world expected us to do so? These are questions that Vaz allows us to ask ourselves, by merely telling us about the eventful and memoir-worthy life she has lived.
If you are looking for a book at the airport, just before boarding your flight, this is a perfect choice. "Unladylike" will also be a strong contender for your nightly reads, daily commute or travel reads and of course, most essential potty reads. In short, Radhika Vaz's memoir is good for all your light reading purposes, and is guaranteed to leave you with a silly grin at least on three occasions.
"Unladylike" is available in several bookstores and e-commerce sites.