Scaachi Koul

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Scaachi Koul
Scaachi Koul at In Conversation at Indigo Chapters - 2017 - IMG 2959.jpg
Koul at a book reading in Toronto in 2017
Born (1991-02-07) February 7, 1991 (age 28)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Alma materRyerson University

Scaachi Koul (born February 7, 1991)[1][2][3] is a culture writer at BuzzFeed Canada.[4] She is the author of a book of essays One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter. Koul attended the journalism school at Ryerson University.

Before BuzzFeed, Scaachi worked at Penguin Random House Canada, the acquiring publisher of 'One Day'.[5] Before that she was an intern at Maclean's Magazine[3] and The Huffington Post.[6] Her journalism has appeared in Flare,[7] The Huffington Post (Canada), The Thought Catalog, The Guardian, The New Yorker,[8] The Globe and Mail,[9] and other sites.

Early life[edit]

Koul was born in Calgary, Canada.[1] She is Indian-Canadian.[9][10] She was a member of the Girl Guides of Canada and participated in their youth programs.[11]

Racism and sexism controversy[edit]

On 1 November 2015 Koul was an opinion panelist on CBC News alongside Jon Kay and Tasha Kheiriddin.[12] The topic of the panel was the diversity of Justin Trudeau's cabinet picks. The panel was moderated by CBC presenter Wendy Mesley. While purportedly about gender balance, the panel was attacked in social media for not adequately speaking to racial diversity in government.[13] At Buzzfeed Koul later wrote about the reaction and the resulting harassment she received.[10]

On 18 February 2016 Koul posted a tweet stream asking for long-form submissions to BuzzFeed Canada. Particularly she asked for submissions from people "not white and not male," going on to add, "If you are a white man upset that we are looking mostly for non-white non-men I don't care about you go write for Maclean's," and that she was not "interested because, ugh, men." The call received a negative response on Twitter which escalated in invective until Koul deactivated her account.[6]


Koul was freelancing while still in journalism school.[14] At the onset of her 2017 book tour, she continues to place her writing in publications other than BuzzFeed.[15] She wrote for Maclean's from 2009 to November 2012.[16] She introduced herself in a post by saying, "I am proving to be one of the finest writers of my generation. This fact should not be questioned."[14]

From April to November 2014 Koul wrote the "Unf*ck Yourself" column for Hazlitt.[17] In 2015 her column was rebranded 'Scaach-22' with a new tagline 'managing your own privilege without being a dick'.[18]

In March 2015, while Koul was still employed by Penguin Random House Canada, they announced publication of a collection of her essays.[5] Originally the collection was titled The Pursuit of Misery [19] then it was changed to One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter when Macmillan acquired it for parallel publication in the USA.[20][citation needed]

In 2018, she received a shortlisted nomination for the Stephen Leacock Award for One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Koul is married and lives in Toronto.[22][23][24]


  1. ^ a b "Scaachi Koul Biography". Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  2. ^ Koul, Scaachi. "It is my birthday". Twitter. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Scaachi, Koul. "Success at 22 is depressing for one twentysomething". Rogers Media. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Scaachi Koul". BuzzFeed Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b Robertson, Becky. "Doubleday Canada acquires essay collection by Scaachi Koul". St. Joseph Media. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b Chin, Jessica. "Scaachi Koul, BuzzFeed Writer, Harassed After Call For 'Not White And Not Male' Contributors". The Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  7. ^ Koul, Koul. "Scaachi Koul on the Reality of Dating a Much Older Guy". Rogers Media. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Conntributors: Scaachi Koul". Conde Nast. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b Koul, Scaachi. "Review: Kamal Al-Solaylee's Brown is essential reading for understanding the non-white world". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  10. ^ a b Koul, Scaachi. "I Was On A CBC Panel And The Internet Wanted To Guess My Race". Buzzfeed Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Diamond Isinger on Instagram: "Created my own Girl Guide role-model edition of "Guess Who?" for @girlguidesofcanada girls to play, featuring lots of accomplished 🇨🇦 women…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  12. ^ "Sunday Talk Trudeau's gender-balanced cabinet". YouTube. CBC's The National. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  13. ^ Mastracci, Davide. "Scaachi Koul faced some legitimate criticism that shouldn't be ignored". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  14. ^ a b Koul, Scaachi. "To begin: Join me in my self-indulgence". Rogers Media. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  15. ^ Koul, Scaachi. "Meanwhile in Canada … Things Are Just as Bad". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Contributors: Scaachi Koul". Rogers Media. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  17. ^ Koul, Scaachi. "Unf*ck Yourself". Hazlitt. Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  18. ^ Koul, Scaachi. "Scaach-22". Hazlitt. Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Author Scaachi Koul". Hazlitt Magazine. Penguin Random House Canada. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Scaachi Koul | Authors | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Scaachi Koul, Laurie Gelman and Jennifer Craig shortlisted for 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour". CBC Books, May 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "I Shouldn't Have To Lose Weight For My Wedding. So Why Do I Feel Like A Failure?". 11 August 2018.
  23. ^ Scaachi Koul [@Scaachi] (16 September 2018). "if you didn't cry at my wedding you are a cop" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Koul, Scaachi (7 January 2013). "Memoir: when I moved away from my overprotective parents at age 17, I was primed for trouble".

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