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NOW A BBC DRAMA with the Epub #223 The Boy with the Topknot A Memoir of Love Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton is a hilarious and heart rending reinvention of the modern British memoir It's I'm three years old and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second hand floral patterned settee and lean forward like I'm presenting The Boy PDFEPUBmyself for executionFor Sathnam Sangher This is a book about integration of the parts of a life into a whole The first strand is his parents traditional outlook and the author s upbringing as a Sikh in a Punjabi community in Wolverhampton The Punjabis live in this modern city but are scarcely part of it maintaining their own language culture food religion and rules that are as strong as laws The second strand is the author s desire to be a modern man Cambridge educated aspiring to the middle class from the poverty of his home with a love of fast fancy cars that are as far away from the ox cars of the poor Asian village his parents grew up in as the ISS is to usThe third strand is the schizophrenia of his father and sister Half a household two thirds when he left home are plagued by an illness characterised by not having a shared frame of reference with the un mad world No matter what other effects the disordered mind has on the sufferer that is the barrier to communication of even an ordinary kindThe fourth strand is the author s mother She is a very devout and tradition minded woman who cares for the sick and tries hard to lay aside her prejudices and religion based attitudes to accept her much beloved son the author and his life They have a world of their own together but all elements must combine for the mother and the author to fully participate in each other s lives How the author does this is the story he writes

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The Boy with the Topknot A Memoir of Love Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton

K for granted until at Boy with the Topknot A eBook #225 the age of twenty four Sathnam made a discovery that changed everything he ever thought he knew about them Euipped with breathtaking courage and a glorious sense of humour he embarks on a journey into their extraordinary past from his father's harsh life in rural Punjab to the steps of the Wolverhampton Tourist Office trying to make Boy with the Topknot A eBook #225 sense of a life lived among secrets Overall I enjoyed this book I am also a 1st generation Brit with parents from Punjab I identified with all the anguish awkwardness and cultural clashes Satnam endured He writes well and is very entertaining resulting in some laugh out louds late at nightHowever I found it did not address or really go beyond just touching on the inherent sexism and misogyny in Punjabi culture He does mention the differences between how his life has worked out and how his eldest sister s has worked out but the difference is so stark it warranted of a discussion As a female I found it infuriating Relationships between Punjabi daughters and their mothers do not generally end in a cute letter sent one way and virtually unconditional acceptanceI was also shocked and disappointed that he did not call out his mother in any big way when she said he could marry a gori but not a churi or chamari Is this not gross racism Also I m not sure why all the anti doctor sentiment peppered throughout the book Overall a funny and entertaining read a lot of which I could identify with but I felt a daughter in the same family writing her story would result in a totally different book

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A growing up in Wolverhampton in the eighties was a confusing business On the one hand these were the heady days of George Michael mix tapes Dallas on TV and if he was lucky the occasional Bounty Bar On the other there was his wardrobe of tartan smocks his p an hour job at the local sewing factory and the ongoing challenge of how to tie the perfect top knotAnd Boy with the MOBI #243 then there was his family whose strange and often difficult behaviour he too Very interesting book about the life of an Indian man in London I particularly enjoyed the way he talked about the mental illness of his relatives and the dilemma he had to face about living his life the way he wanted knowing his mother would disapprove


10 thoughts on “The Boy with the Topknot A Memoir of Love Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton

  1. says:

    This is a book about integration of the parts of a life into a whole The first strand is his parents' traditional outlook and the author's upbringing as a Sikh in a Punjabi community in Wolverhampton The Punjabis live in this modern city but are scarcely part of it maintaining their own language culture food religion and rules that are as strong as laws The second strand is the author's desire to be a modern man Cambridge educated aspiring

  2. says:

    A mixed bag book of a book The first few chapters were so self indulgent and trite that I would have stopped reading if it hadn't been highly recommended by my sister Anyway I stuck it through to the end and realized there are three books here which evoked very different reactionsThe first is Sanghera's personal misery memoir The whole source of his misery seems to be his perceived misfortune in being born a

  3. says:

    I had expected this memoir to be focused entirely on Sanghera's experiences in reconciling his life in London with the culture and traditional values that he had grown up with and which are still held by his parents and extended family His account of he and his siblings having to conceal their pop music and other Western items reminded me o

  4. says:

    Satnam Sanghera has risen from the boy with no English in ordinary Wolverhampton school to a respected journalist on a national paper Yet who of his school mates would know that each day he was going home to a family plagued by mental illnes

  5. says:

    I first heard of this book not long after its release and the first thing that caught my interest is that it is by someone Sathnam Sanghera who is from a similar background as myself someone born to immigrant parents from Punjab India settled in the West Midlands area of the UK Like many children of immigrants t

  6. says:

    Very interesting book about the life of an Indian man in London I particularly enjoyed the way he talked about the mental illness of his relatives and the dilemma he had to face about living his life the way he wanted knowing his mother would disapprove

  7. says:

    I think one of the main reasons I read is to be informed not by reading dry non fiction books but by reading fiction Most of the books I have loved are set in different places or different times However Sanghera's book is non fiction but has the pace and grip of a novel I found myself rooting for him as I would any other characte

  8. says:

    Overall I enjoyed this book I am also a 1st generation Brit with parents from Punjab I identified with all the anguish awkwardness and cultural clashes Satnam endured He writes well and is very entertaining resulting in some

  9. says:

    This book is about the challenge of integrating two completely different lives and Sathnam’s sense of himself He says in a video of himself

  10. says:

    Fascinating memoir of the author's youth in his Punjabi Sikh family in Wolverhampton Part of the memoir relates to his happy childhood his frustration with the constraints of the traditional customs of his family and his adult life as a journalist in London where he continue to try often unsuccessfully to keep his two lives separate Sanghera speaks warmly with a dry and self deprecating humour of family members of his mother's att

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