You might not be the child of Indian immigrants, you might not be Canadian, and you might not even have an irrational fear of death, but I can guarantee that after reading the hilarious and honest essays in Scaachi Koul's debut collection, you'll agree that One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is the most relatable book you'll read this year.
Not unlike her work on BuzzFeed or her infamous Twitter account, Scaachi Koul's confessional essays in One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter take the writer's unique personal experiences and, through keen observations and skillful writing, transforms them into a hilarious and biting review of modern western culture as a whole. Whether she is recounting a trip to her parent's homeland in India or reliving a humiliating experience in a women's dressing room, Koul manages to balance uproarious comedy with poignant blows to the gut, somehow mastering the art of being both fun and affecting, outrageous and vulnerable.
In her collection of ten essays, Koul uses her life to explore broader cultural themes, from racism, sexism, and prejudice to girlhood, body image, love, and family. She talks about her childhood growing up in Canada, "a land of ice and casual racism," her college years and the first taste of freedom that left her and her friends feeling "invincible thanks to the poisonous combination of youth and loneliness and the drinks that tethered us together," and the obstacles she faced when she decided to move in with her boyfriend, including the fact that she is "a girl, and brown girls are inevitably treated differently than their brothers or male cousins." While wholly unique to her life, Koul is able to take her own experiences and translate them for a broader audience who will undoubtedly find a piece of themselves in her writing.
And that's what makes Koul's collection so dazzlingly brilliant: it is relatable to millennials who have grown up during the same time, and for everyone on the outside, it's a window into the collective experiences of a different generation.