One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is a collection of essays and, the debut book, of author Scaachi Koul, a Canadian with Indian immigrant parents.
This year I have been on a roll reading works by children of first generation Indian immigrants- Mindy Kaling, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Aziz Ansari. It was not intentional on my part. I like reading works of female comedians so I read Mindy Kaling then internet stalking her led me to discover that her favorite author is Jhumpa Lahiri. I then promptly devoured all of Lahiri’s books. I’ve been a fan of Aziz from his Parks and Rec days and my admiration for him amplified after watching season 2 of Master of None. Now, I am delighted to add Scaachi Koul to this growing list.
Apparently, Scaachi has already made a name for herself, long before this book was launched, as a feminist voice in Twittersphere and for her Buzzfeed Culture articles. She has expressed her views online with unapologetic honesty, wit, and humor, all without sacrificing depth. Her essays are often a roller coaster ride; I laughed and cried many times from reading the same passage.
Having zero background on Scaachi did not prevent me from being thoroughly engaged with this book from the get go. I am not Indian nor a child of immigrant parents but I found myself too absorbed in reading whenever she would write about about her parents.
Many of her essays are think pieces on her experiences as a woman which is the basic requirement for everyday casual sexism. In Scaachi’s case, it is much worse because she is a woman of color, who voices her opinion, and is of relative fame online. She recalled her notorious Twitter meltdown, having to give up Twitter in its aftermath, and then going back shortly because of the unfairness of losing her voice. Scaachi and I are two very different women yet there is no denying that I related to her experiences on a very personal level.
I don’t know how she organized the sequence of the essays here or if there was any semblance to order at all. In my opinion, you could read one at random until you finish all of them. Yet, the essays make up a coherent whole and the book left me wanting for more.
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is a quick read but not an easy one (if you are a woman; shit is way too real at times). It’s very insightful. Scaachi belongs to the recent crop of female creatives who would take no crap and is not afraid of talking about crappy experiences that go hand in hand with being a female person in this world.