Sindhu Vee: Sandhog (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

Middle-aged stresses and strains made funny

When you've been married for over 20 years, says Sindhu Vee, you don't have arguments anymore. You have throwdowns. Her tips on staying happy involve destabilising her spouse in order to obtain more power and using lies strategically; it's for the benefit of the couple in the long run, she insists.

Raised in India, educated at Oxford and now married to a Danish man, Vee (a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Comedy of the Week) comes across a bit like a Hindu Jo Caulfield, with plenty of bitchy and biting material about mothers-in-law, dull female pals and her own Mommie Dearest-style approach to parenting.

Although Sandhog covers a lot of similar ground to last year's Iguana Mum – and seems to be pitched squarely at middle-aged couples in long-term relationships – Vee is careful to chuck in some sincere romance among the jaded rants about her husband's hyper-rational personality, her fear of 'new dick', and expertly acted-out examples of the crushingly dull things they constantly fight about. Her impression of her long-distance phone calls to Delhi with her mum, a constant peddler of sensationalist fake news and giant superfan of any royal wedding, is a highlight.

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