Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee eBook Ý All Ha Ha Hee

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee On a winter morning in London's East End the locals are confronted with the sight of a white horse skidding through the sooty snow carrying what looks like a Christmas tree on its back It turns out to be a man covered in tinsel with a cartoon size turban on his head Entrepreneur Deepak is on his way to get married As he trudges along he consoles himself with the thought of marrying Chila a nice Punjabi girl a choice which has delighted his surprised parents does not mean he needs to become his father grow nostril hair or wear pastel coloured leisure wearLIFE ISN'T ALL HA HA HEE HEE is the story of Deepak's bride the childlike Chila and her two childhood friends Sunita the former activist law student now an overweight depressed housewife and the chic Tanja who has rejected marriage in favour of a high powered career in television A hilarious thoughtful and moving novel about friendship marriage and betrayal it focuses on the difficult choices contemporary women have to make whether or not they happen to have been raised in the Asian community

10 thoughts on “Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

  1. Marie Marie says:

    I loved loved loved this book true I know almost nothing about people with Punjabi roots living in Britain so for me it has been a revelation and I was surprised how uickly I started to like all three main characters to follow their paths and to fear for them to laugh with them and to understand them as a woman maybe of a different culture and age but realizing too well that the main themes of our life are common to all of us Great read and a real page turner

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I didn't write a review before but reading others' I felt I had to respond I thought it was a bit offensive that people labeled this light just because it's about women's lives doesn't mean it's light at all Do you call death infidelity social injustice etc light? In fact I think this contains uite a meaningful examination of a lot of important issues diaspora women's roles the intersection of cultures and generations and is really complex and beautifully written Don't even get me started on those who called it chick lit While I find that term problematic enough I can appreciate the type of book generally named in that category; yet this is definitely not part of that group This is literature pure and simple

  3. James James says:

    and neither is this book Entertaining in it's way but it does feel somewhat like Meera Syal is treading water with this one particularly in comparison to it's predecessor 'Anita Me'

  4. Anne Anne says:

    A greatly enjoyable and engrossing read set in London's East End telling the stories of young women from Punjabi backgroundsEach individual has a dilemma and her story is linked to another member of the group There are very funny laugh aloud moments plus some times of intense sadness I got completely into each of their stories There is Chila so innocent so naive but surprisingly resilient and her husband Deepak Then we meet Sunita and her friend Tania The relationships between husbands and wives the complications of marital infidelity all play a part with the backdrop of the Punjabi culture their community roots and the importance of familyI loved this book and was sorry when I reached the end I sympathised with the characters in their sadness and also laughed with them I recommend this as a great read to anyone who needs some uplift and laughter in their life and enjoys reading about strong brave women

  5. VivaPalestina VivaPalestina says:

    An interesting read portraying the journey of three BritishAsian girls as they battle with the sense of not belonging to either culture never fitting in with either At times I felt I could relate to their hardships despite feeling that the Indians have it better than the Arabs as they struggle to break free from all the labels placed on them but on the whole I also felt a self of relief that I could most definitely not classify myself as one of them as my sense of belonging far exceeds theirs After a while however the plot overtakes you and you become engrossed in their lives that their background becomes immaterial Definitely brings back a sense of nostalgia and a recommended readThe endless uestions of who what why she was to whom she belonged fatherhusbandworkplace why her life wasn't following the ordained patterns for a woman of her age religion height and income bracket The sheer physical effrontery of her people wanting to inside her head to own her claim her preserve her Her peopleYou find someone they love you they hurt you you forgive them you carry on because there's no uestion you'd give up on someone just because they've turned out to human is there?Always proud to be who they were but not scared to push back the boundaries to redefine what being Asian meant We were making historyShe had constructed a whole life around it No one must leave No one leaves nice people I am nice I will make myself niceYou don't learn the important stuff from books It happens to you and someone gives it a long name aferwards

  6. Vickie Vickie says:

    I see a little bit of myself in each of the three main characters My friends from class assumed that Tania would be my Punjabi alter ego Features that stand out from other Asian girls Westernized attitude etc But I'd like to think that I grew out of rejecting my native culture after studying abroadIt was Sunita that really spoke to me She's an ex bra burning feminist who fell madly in love with a fellow Punjabi thinker failed out of college got married and had two kids Basically going through a bit of a mid life crisis in this book I see her as what I might become in the future Feminist advocate Mom Wife And fat Laugh away but weight gain is a very real fear to me Her transition from extreme feminist to embracing motherhood Comforts me To me being a feminist shouldn't be about denying the feminine And I definitely look forward to motherhood Oh and the chapter on Chila giving birth? Genius Reminds me of that naked chase scene in Borat

  7. Mitsu Mitsu says:

    Disappointingly bad chick lit and I don't like chick lit at the best of times so as was expecting something better from Syal Unfortunately reminiscent of Sari and Sins No interest in any of the 2D characters I think the time has come to give up on books I'm not enjoying rather than stubbornly dragging myself all the way through it

  8. sonia sonia says:

    A good piece of chick lit Nice to read after you get through something heavy in my case i was reading a lot about child soldiers in africa i needed something light Also Sayal has a perfect razor sharp witty writing style I am always impressed by books that can make me laugh outloud

  9. nadia nadia says:

    my first south asian diaspora type novel i was hooked and intrigued by reading about anything close to my own experience looking back i still think it was a great story about 4 women and the development of their adult relationship with eachother

  10. Nafisah Nafisah says:

    Recommended to me by my sister I ended up really liking this book for a number of reasons Firstly it's written by Meera Syal who you may know from Goodness Gracious Me or any number of the other things she's contributed to So needless to say there's a good amount of dry humor but each of the three main characters are incredibly compelling and although they are worlds different from one another the reader can relate to each of them become invested in them and want to shake them when they do stupid thingsI definitely enjoyed reading this and while any sociologyamcult undergrad could find some racegender issues in here that they don't like not every book will be politically flawless and the ones that are don't end up with as realistically compelling characters as this book had In other words the imperfections in this book make it a great vehicle to discuss the tropes and cliches that are brought uplet me know what your thoughts are

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