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Radhika Vaz

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Comedian, writer:

Contextualise yourself in one line.
I keep putting myself in situations where I end up feeling like the new kid in class; I think I am still searching for what I am supposed to be doing with this life.

Give us a blurb on your first book, Unladylike.
Unladylike is a memoir that spans four decades of my life. From stories about a childhood spent wishing I could change everything about myself [including my parents], to my chronically delayed puberty, and the self-esteem issues that accompany a flat chest. I also write about my college years, where under the vigilance of Catholic nuns I grappled with a major decision—to have or not to have pre-marital sex as well as the discovery that the female body is capable of some very strange sounds at very inappropriate times. Out of respect for various ex-boyfriends, I will dwell on just one man—my wheat-eating, milk-drinking Jaat husband. From our extra-long courtship [that he didn’t tell his mother about], to our wedding day and beyond, there are lessons for every girl who has ever thought ‘one day I’d like to be married’. The lesson is: ‘Don’t say you weren’t warned’.

What inspired you to write it?
My friend and idea coach, Marina Romashko. And the desire to think, if just momentarily, that I am like David Sedaris.

Pick up a copy of our Jan-Feb 2016 Art issue to read the complete interview.


Text Soumya Mukerji

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