Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Life Isn t All Ha Ha Hee Hee Meera Syal has created an indelible portrait of a close knit group of Indian women living in London Caught between two cultures three childhood friends Chila Sunita and Tania are expected to revert

  • Title: Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
  • Author: Meera Syal
  • ISBN: 9780312278564
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meera Syal has created an indelible portrait of a close knit group of Indian women living in London Caught between two cultures, three childhood friends Chila, Sunita, and Tania are expected to revert to being obedient mothers and wives But their world explodes when Tania makes a documentary, starring Chila and Sunita, about contemporary urban Indian Life The result isMeera Syal has created an indelible portrait of a close knit group of Indian women living in London Caught between two cultures, three childhood friends Chila, Sunita, and Tania are expected to revert to being obedient mothers and wives But their world explodes when Tania makes a documentary, starring Chila and Sunita, about contemporary urban Indian Life The result is an unforgettable story of friendship, marriage, betrayal, and the difficult choices woman face.

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    About "Meera Syal"

    1. Meera Syal

      Meera Syal MBE born Feroza Syal 27 June 1961 in Essington, near Wolverhampton is a British Indian comedienne, writer, playwright, singer, journalist and actress Her Punjabi born parents came to Britain from New Delhi, and she has risen to prominence as one of the most UK s best known Indian personalities She was awarded the MBE in the New Year s Honours List of 1997.


    1. 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 quite 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 [...]

    2. d 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'.

    3. A greatly enjoyable and engrossing read, set in London's East End, telling the stories of young women from Punjabi backgrounds.Each 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 hu [...]

    4. 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 abroad.It 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 [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. An interesting read portraying the journey of three British/Asian 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. This book really surprised me - I remember seeing the adaptation on TV quite a few years ago and enjoying it, but the details were very hazy. I was expecting this to be quite light and fluffy, a typical chick lit quick read. However, I was instantly struck by Meera Syal's beautiful writing style and the way she portrays the characters so well that it's like we've known them for as long as they've known each other. Divided into two clear parts, there is a definite shocking moment at the end of pa [...]

    10. An excellent blend of chiclit and serious literature. The book is not a "light read" but is disguised as one, with the way it encompasses topics of typical chic lit fiction (love, adultery, dull marriages, girl friends, midlife crisis, dysfunctional families) with profound insight and realism -- no sugar coating, but no hyperbolic drama, either. The combination of three women, very different but intimately bound together, makes for a good read. Even though my own journey is so different from the [...]

    11. Meera Syal dedicated this novel to her East London kuriyaan (girls) although it is decidedly a novel about any woman who feels pulled in different directions by multiple identities. Chila, Sunita, and Tania are childhood friends juggling their roles as wives, mothers, and lovers in London. When Tania makes a documentary starring her best friends, old secrets and betrayals surface to test their friendship. Actress Syal balances the heavier subjects in this novel with a comic touch that would be f [...]

    12. I loved this book, read it in 24 hrs, laughed so hard at times my sides hurt. My husband is English Indian so his references helped quite a bit. Aside from the funny bits, Meera had some great insights about modern South Asian women that sticks out particularly is "no matter how succesful she was outside of the home (be it dr, scientist, CEO), the Asian woman always had to bow her head to her in-laws/Indian society at some point" (that is my general recollection of that line anyway!)For more Mee [...]

    13. I sort of expected this book to be funnier as most of its reviews said that it was hilarious. However, even though the story wasn't as funny as I expected, the story eas extremely touching. It is an emotional novel, and you might find yourself feeling genuinely about many of the characters in the book.

    14. Disappointingly bad chick lit (and I don't like chick lit at the best of times) more 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.

    15. I really enjoyed this book and read too late each night as I didn't want to stop. The three different female characters are all suitably different to be distinguishable, and allowed for plenty of variety in the plot. Evocative descriptions and descriptive writing. A good read.

    16. An insight into Indian culture and relationships from the viewpoint of 4 female friends, I found it mildly entertaining, but it tried too hard to be funny and didn't succeed. Only read if you find yourself with absolutely nothing else to do except shoot yourself

    17. The friendship bond between the three characters. I felt the three best friends portrayed well. A revealing insight into Asian culture, community and expectation in an East vs West, modern vs traditional clash. A real, funny, moving and entertaining book.

    18. My second book of the year and the one that finally broke the reading rut I've found myself in for too long now! I've seen Syal on TV in the Brit sitcoms she's appeared in but never read her. Having now read her, I must say I like her writing better than her acting!'Life isn't all Ha Ha Hee Hee' is the story of three friends, three women Tania, Chila and Sunita, bound together by an inherent streak of independence and a underlying desire to break free from the Punjabi roots that bind them all. E [...]

    19. Upon reading the blurb all I thought was 'here's another book about the lives of Indian origin girls in London'but just to humor myself I did end up reading it. And it was a complete surprise. Meera Syal is a funny, honest and precise writer; three traits that writers often do not posses in tandem. While the characters are quite cliche (Tania the sexy, smart and independent one, Chila the naive and conflicted one and Sunita the one with the marriage in limbo and the body image issues), Syal give [...]

    20. Well, that was fast, especially after trudging through Vanity Fair. Easily inhalable, pretty standard Indians-in-England farewhich I guess seems like rather non-standard fare, but not in light of Bend It Like Beckham, Monsoon Wedding, etc. This reminded me a lot of Zadie Smith- I guess White Teeth, rather than On Beauty, though I can't remember the plot of either terribly clearly.The point is, all the themes were rather cliche- Indian culture is sexist, career vs. marriage and babies, marriage f [...]

    21. I was curiously reminded, over and over again, of Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale. Tania, Sunita and Chila are frequently nteresting women that you can laugh with--I am sorry, I did NOT understand Chila--, but who also make you say puhleezeput on your big girl panties and grow up! I loved the peek into Indian culture, which is far more proscribed (I don't like to say restrictive, having met two wonderfully happy, pampered, strong, Indian women personally) than my own. It must be difficult, no [...]

    22. My 2010 bookcrossing journalHurah, I have finally gotten around to reading this book. I've already read another of her books - Anita and Me - which I enjoyed. And I've never been in the mood to pick this book up and read it. I don't know why, whether it was something with the cover or something anyway, I listed it on bookmooch with a delay note, so that as soon as someone mooched it, I would be forced to get on and read it!I did enjoy this, but I don't think it was anything amazing. A good read [...]

    23. Two stars is probably a bit mean, this is a well written book and it does a perfectly good job of telling the story it sets out to tell. I didn't have any problem finishing it. But it's a difficult book to rave over - the plot is pretty mundane and, although there is some sharp observation here and there, the overall effect is a bit humourless. When the narrative slips into first person it's very difficult to distinguish between the individual voices, and the overall impression is that each of t [...]

    24. Ugh! I've really really struggled with this book, which I hate - especially when I was looking forward to reading it.I found Syal's writing truly awful. I made it approximately ⅔ of the way through this book before giving up and skim-reading the last bits to find out what happened. I thought the writing was shallow and two-dimensional, the characters were unrealistic, and the ending inevitable. There were no funny bits - not even a paragraph that raised a smile - which I found disappointing fr [...]

    25. I wasn't a fan of this novel. It was nicely written prose, but I had a hard time relating to the characters (South Asian women who were born and bred in the UK). I usually am not a fan of South Asian literature that portrays S. Asian immigrants as confused, clumsy, cartoon-like, goofy, troubled, and backward and it is usually these types of stories and movies that make it into the mainstream. Though the author seems to have a grasp on the problems that second generation S. Asian women face, in t [...]

    26. Was very nervous about this book as it's not the sort of thing that I would choose to read myself, but since it has been sitting on my shelf for over a year I thought it was about time I read it! I was unsure if I would understand the jokes as I only have a small Indian background (My own mother has an Indian background but she died when I was very young) but I did find myself laughing out loud, shaking the book in frustration and almost crying. It is basically a book about three friends with ve [...]

    27. This is a complex, deep and thoughtful book that portrayed three childhood friends as they grew up. Yes, it's about women but this is not chick lit or light. I marvel at the psychological depth and the tension conveyed in their relationships. I appreciated that the context was the UK and that that had its cultural overlay in the storytelling and the social commentary. I was pleased by the depth and complexity of the characters, all told in the first person. The author intermittently included the [...]

    28. I think of this as sort of a British South Asian "Waiting to Exhale." Did I read that from the bookcover or did I make it up? But it really is kinda like that. Kinda pop, not too deep, but fun. It made me laugh out loud a few times, which is why I enjoyed it. Most books about "our" experiences are heavy or literary or depressing, which is not bad, but it just starts to get boring sometimes, until you get something like this to shake it up a bit. It was kind of refreshing to read something kind o [...]

    29. Sunita, Chila and Tania are childhood friends. They live in London and are all of Indian descent. The books begings with Chila's wedding to Deepak an arranged marriage. It has always been Sunita and Tania's job to look after Chila - always considered "slow" as a child. Chila's marriage is very innocent, but we learn that Tania has dated Deepak in the past. Chila doesn't know until she sees them kiss. Sunita is married with two children. Her marriage is in a lull, but she doesn't throw in the to [...]

    30. This is an enjoyable story with a familiar structure: the intertwined lives and thoughts of three lifelong female friends. The real twist though is that we haven't seen a great deal of literature that describes British South Asian women living in the day-to-day (or American South Asian for that matter). I found it relatable as well as informative to read about their experiences. I did find the novel long-winded and tangential at times, but I also got caught up in several of the dramas at hand. S [...]

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