Hardcover, 176 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Touchstone Books
This might possibly be one of those books that bring about a jolt of recognition in some people and utter bafflement in others. Luckily I belong to the former group which means the Aunties in this book are more than familiar to me.
I first got to know about Maria Qamar on Instagram where she is known as Hate Copy (@hatecopy). Her comics are out of this world funny especially if you are familiar with old Bollywood/current Bollywood style and the melodrama associated with it.
When I found out that she has a book coming out, I was quite excited because it meant owning these comics in physical form and I can never have enough of that (stay tuned for some sample images) but the book is more than a collection of comics. It is also a how to…hm, it is sort of an elaborated advice column with a lot of humour, art, and ghee in it.
Now an Aunty is not solely a desi phenomenon because I’m sure my Asian friends will find the one aunt/lady you might be related to but not always familiar in their own families. And don’t get this book wrong, it’s making fun of these aunties but there’s no malice in it. Aunties are a loved part of our culture.
Qamar shares her experiences and gives tips on how to avoid or handle the more insufferable aunts and shares recipes that have tided her over the more lean periods of her life. More importantly, Qamar talks about some more important things like cultural appropriation and forging out a less-walked path on your own.
And of course, there are the hilarious comics:
And my fave: