- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 697 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: Aleph Book Company (4 December 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018X6D5TA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 87 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,522 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unladylike: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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"Frank, fun and unapologetically feminist, Unladylike will have you chuckling and nodding along in equal measures" - Vogue
"Unladylike, is like reading Judy Blume, Candace Bushnell and Tina Fey all rolled into one" - Newslaundry
"She voices every woman’s secrets" - Indian Express
"Vaz is a rebel in disguise" - TimeOut
"Effortlessly funny" - Times of India
"Quirky, uplifting blend of humour, self-introspection, and critical thinking" - Firstpost
"Brutally and hilariously honest" - Newslaundry
"[U]nlike many “celebrity” authors, Vaz writes lucidly and always has a point to make. There are enough giggles waiting around the corner. I highly recommend you buy your teenage daughter this book for all the early lessons in feminism... Believe me, you’ll thank Radhika Vaz for telling it like it is" - Mint
"The Vaz we get to meet in Unladylike is a treat. Even in our differences, [she] 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" - International Business Times
"We are hooked to this one, especially since few like Ms. Vaz can make gender issues fun" - Mid-Day
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Unladylike by Radhika Vaz is a memoir of the author, giving us a brief peek into her life. From an unpampered single child to be one of the most hilarious comediennes, Radhika has a lot to offer.
A product of mixed breeding, Radhika Vaz is the only child of her parents. Being the daughter of a man who worked for the air force, she spent a substantial amount of time being transferred to different cities until her parents realized the loss of her schooling and enrolled her at a boarding school. Being between girls, big/small/large/tiny/ugly/beautiful and all the other adjectives, 24/7, it wasn’t long enough before Vaz started feeling inferiority complex about as trivial a thing as not getting her periods when most of her peers did. Such pressures coupled with being away from home for the better part of the year didn’t let her have a buddy relationship with her parents. She, however, does share buddy relationships with her buddies. With a low paying job and weekend partying, waltzing through her life was never Vaz’s idea, but what she didn’t know was that she would be barely able to stand in the ballroom of love unless she took matters into her own hands. So when her longtime boyfriend doesn’t seem interested in taking their relationship further, she takes the onus on herself to coax him into an official commitment for which she changes countries and citizenship! Talk about “Saat samundar paar mai tere peeche peeche aa gai…”
Vaz gives insights into her life in installments, little snippets from her childhood, adolescence, and youth going on to middle age, I believe there is a lot more unsaid than what has been said.
The first thought that came into my mind when I turned over the last page - wannabe. The story wasn’t something new or life-changing, but a regular one that could have been the plot of one of the numerous Bollywood films that are made on a girl chasing her dreams. The writing was good and the language was the same which one could use to talk to others like Vaz does in her shows. By the way, have you ever seen Vaz’s stand up? However, I found it quite weird when she quoted/talked about the past in the same language as the present which definitely couldn’t have happened considering the evolution of Indian English (slangs included) only took place in recent times.
So, what does unladylike mean? As per the author, she is unladylike because she falls more towards the masculine side than the feminine. Not only she attributes her physical features to be closer to men, at times even wondering if she was a man in a woman’s body, but also her behavior. And here comes the catch, her thoughts though, are as feminine as a Hugh Hefner’s Playboy bunny. I say this specifically for her early years of life, the teens and the 20s. From obsessing over the delayed onset of her monthly cycles to lunging at the first opportunity of romantic proposal, from worrying about her petite breasts to wanting to marry just because others should think she is happily committed, Vaz’s idea of unladylike is only limited to her exterior. Deep down, I believe, she was just as much a lady as we all were at that age.
Radhika’s life definitely offers good laughs for us, but what it also offers is advice. Advice to women, young and old, to smash that patriarchy, unabashedly. When you have dreams, go out there and chase them, for prince charming on a white horse is the talk of yesterday.
Can't wait for more from her.