Goldilocks Lives in Leamington: and other tales of university life by Geetanjali Mukherjee
5 Stars: A Pleasent Break from the Heavy
I teetered between 4 or 5 stars with "Goldilocks Lives in Leamington: and other tales of university life" by Geetanjali Mukherjee not sure why but after some thinking I settled on five stars. Flawless writing and believable, I have been on a high of depression memoirs, an addiction to reading pain, Mukherjee's amusing book was sobering, a much-needed read, since I am relocating to Beijing and feeling the anxiety of moving, this was a bit inspirational.
Geetanjali offers insights into being an international student, leaving her culture in India to study in the UK. I find she does something that many of my students who leave China to study in Canada don't do; she gets into her new surroundings with bravery; she writes clear anecdotes about campus life making this book a handy guide on getting involved in your new social network. There are no depression tales just well-written perceptions from a foreigner on western culture and university life. I often tell my students to make connections to campus social groups, don't just be around with other Chinese students, be present and be daring.
International students often have more pressure not to fail, to not indulge in the more careless activities like drinking until you get sick, food habits are often unhealthy compared to their home cooking, Geetanjali touches on these topics along with the dating scene and politics of university life. "Goldilocks Lives in Leamington: and other tales of university life" gave me the impression that the people that she came across in the UK and on her campus were welcoming making this book a pleasant break from heavy reading.