I’m not sure how this book popped up on my radar several months ago. Perhaps it was the bright yellow cover? Perhaps it was the Lichtenstein-inspired artwork? Or maybe the cheeky title? Whatever it was, I hella eager to track down a copy (not an easy feat since it’s a new book and a lot of libraries don’t really ILL new books). But I finally got my copy!
With Trust No Aunty, Maria Qamar — the woman behind the @hatecopy account on Instagram — has channeled her experiences as a South Asian immigrant in Canada into a tongue-in-cheek guide to handling Desi “aunties” (elders) like a pro. The book is divided into different types of aunties: The Online Stalker Aunty, The Matchmaker Aunty, The Weight-Watcher Aunty, and so forth. Handling each type of aunty comes with its own set of potential cultural minefields, so laying out different scenarios, Qamar compares rookie moves vs. boss moves to come out on top. And to help you win even more in life, Qamar offers humorous tips on surviving on a tiny budget, working out Desi-style, dating, and handling cultural appropriation.
The witty and irreverent advice matches the bold artwork. And I was seriously swooning over the dramatic artwork:
It’s pretty great, geared towards millennial Desis trying to navigate different worlds. At its core, Trust No Aunty is about staying true to yourself, and though it’s focused on South Asian culture, I think that first generation millennial immigrants of any culture can relate.
Trust No Aunty was released on August 1, 2017 by Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.