‘Don’t have a Plan B’: Lilly Singh aka ||Superwoman|| gets talking about her book, Indian parents and more

Part fashion feature, part self-help, Lilly Singh's debut book 'How to be a bawse' is as colourful, irreverent and fun as her alter-ego, ||Superwoman||.

Written by Anushree Majumdar | New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2017 2:36 pm
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Lilly Singh, who is in India as a part of her “How to be a Bawse” book tour, was in a marathon interview session and even after 10 back-to-back interviews, her eyeliner was on point and she wasn’t breaking into a sweat. That’s because the Canadian YouTube star has figured out how to be a “Bawse” (the internet speak Singh popularly coined for Boss), and what’s more, her book will help you release your inner Bawse too. Part fashion feature, part self-help, Singh’s debut is as colourful, irreverent and fun as her alter-ego, ||Superwoman||.

But if you think it was a piece of cake, you are far from right. While she has written with such honesty and discussed about depression in the book, the most difficult part of writing it was finding the time to do it. “There were a lot of all-nighters put into writing this book,” she said, a far cry from the romanticised idea her brain about it in the first place.

Watch Lilly Sigh interview: Don’t have Plan B, here

Singh, who is known for her absolutely delightful YouTube videos, her savage punchlines and the amazing comic timing, had to unlearn exactly that while this time, she chose to communicate to people through a different medium. “The main goal wasn’t to make people laugh, so I had to unlearn that,” she said. Instead, she felt that she could say practical things and actually help people.

The 28-year-old believes in being real and in “saying what needs to be said.” Singh is of the opinion that everybody must know exactly what success tastes like — “a lot of hard work and no sugarcoating.”


The YouTube star, who is known for her rib-cracking depiction of Indian parents and their mindsets, said how important it is to NOT have a Plan B — something she said is exactly the opposite of what Indian parents try to teach their children. Instead, she says, stick to Plan A, take a risk and put all your eggs in one basket. “And make sure the basket is a good one.”

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  1. Urmila Duhan
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    If lily, the author is not familiar with parents from India, then why is she promoting her book in India ? As a responsible self help author, she should not cause rift between children and their parents in India as children may imitate her ideas after reading her book (children are impressionable) which may not (and shall not) go down well with the mentality of Indian parents.
    1. Nikhil Ghag
      Apr 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm
      I am not being harsh. But your parent's idea of having a plan B was a necessity they learn to survive in India. You can not tag them wrong unless putting yourself in their shoes. "Saying what is needed to be said" - Not completely acceptable either. Not saying things in certain situation is also a good method of effective communication. Its not always right to confront and argue, if saying things mean so. I feel sad for the young who actually follow the immature advice of their stars. I am sure that as the same star grows up, he/she will have a completely different opinion on life. But that is the sad reality of new platforms like . We have learned to operate it but not how to use it for society. I am afraid that it will give rise to a generation who has always fed with what they want to hear, have not faced a NO for enough number of times. I hope the followers don't have a hard time to face future without arguing, complaining and being depressed for not being satisfied.