Book Review #242: Are You There Krishna? It’s Me, Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.


Author: Rachel Khona

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Thought Catalog Books

Date of publication: 1 February 2017

No. Of pages: 304

Synopsis: 

Rachel knew even as a child that she was a bar set apart from her America-settled Indian family. While her parents worried about her mediocre grades, she had other gems on her mind such as: 

  • Why can’t she go to the temple on her period?
  • Why don’t her Indian cousins like her?
  • Why was it ok to be sexualised at a beauty pageant but not for herself?
  • How can she straddle two cultures while retaining her sense of self?
  • Why are women considered as sluts and men considered as studs?
  • Why do people keep askinng her if she was born in India?

Review:

This is a book that weaves observations on race, class, sex, feminism and culture into stories colored with blatant candor and humor. The narrative style of the author will beg the readers to get involved in her colorful opinions and be an equal participant. 

You often hear people fret about how young girls are “too sexualised” these days, (though I doubt there was ever a time society wasn’t freakintg out about women’s sexuality)…..

So often it seems like a girl’s sexuality is thenproperty of society, of religion, of her parents, or men. It goes without saying that it’s not the same for boys who are free to do as they want without fear of appearing slutty or too sexual. They do not go to purity balls and pledge their virginity to their mothers. They do not bring shame on their families for engaging in pre-marital sex. Fathers still think it’s cool to introduce their sons to porn but we freak the fuck out if a girl so much as thinks about getting off. 

Even though the narrative style was refreshing, the book resembles more like a diary page of an opinionated girl with a conclusion that could have been better. There’s no pattern in the story; it’s more lole a catelogue all the random thoughts that a girl has and opinions that resonates more with the youth that belongs to the modern era. 

My opinion: The writing style is actually resemebles the forthrightness of Twinkle Khanna. One can buy the book for refreshing individuality that it brings though I have a feeling that the current generation of so-called feminists will find numerous things to get offended about. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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