In his own voice, Assif Mandvi tells the story of never feeling fully Indian, British, or American in his charming memoir. He’s home within himself. And he’s the perfect narrator for his own life story in the Audible edition of No Land’s Man.
He describes going from India, to a British boarding school where he’s bullied, to America. Even the bullying stories are told in a funny way. Good and bad things happen to all of us. The difference is that when someone is gifted with wit and humor, he can tell even the bad stuff in a hilarious way.
He talks about living within one culture when you’ve emerged from another. His father admonishes him, “Order like an American!” when he turns down a larger size drink for only 39 cents more.
There’s a deeper question here too. How do you define yourself when some people have already defined you just by looking at you? If you’re Assif Mandvi, you do it with wit and persistence.
Disclosure: I received a copy of No Land’s Man from Audible in exchange for an honest review.