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2.72 of 5 stars 2.72  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Innocent and unremarkable, but for his near crippling obsession with sex and running, Bhola goes through life falling for the wrong people. When he marries and becomes a father, Bhola believes he has come close to achieving balance in his chaotic life. Until suddenly his past catches up with him and threatens to destroy his happiness.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin (first published January 2006)
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Dhruv Sangari
Loved it. Typical Upamanyu... he is so vulgar and so incredibly insightful at the same time that he makes you feel naked!
Ashwini Sharma
the first sign that you are living in your own fishbowl of ideas is when you are unperturbed by something which grosses the majority out. i'd call myself privileged to be so since that appears to be the case when it comes to this book by upamanyu sahab. the book declares on its cover that its about tracking spiritual degradation of humans. however that is just a decoy and the book conceptually is anything but that. weight loss is more about shedding that baggage of ideas and concepts that are bi ...more
Again, I'm going to write a meta-review. Almost every single low-rating review uses words like 'vulgar' and 'perverted'. Make of that what you will, but I'd prefer some judgement on the writing, which is excellent here, rather than moralising about the themes.
Shamidha Hameed
I picked up this book as soon as I saw it in my city library rack because I had enjoyed Upamanyu Chatterjee's English August. It was a well-written book.
However, Weight Loss, was a let down. The protagonist is mentally crippled due to his obsession with vulgar, homoerotic fantasies. I found many of his sexual accounts puke-ish.
I would categorize this book as soft porn.
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Dhwani Swadia
Full review here:

There are a few books that set up extreme emotions in your soul. Weight loss is one such book. Right from its first page I could feel some emotions that grew stronger with each passing page, that of disgust and nausea.

Thankfully I did not waste money while buying the book (it was sent by Readers Digest), or it would have been the worst way possible to waste money.

The book, by its name and cover are far too misleading. It seems like a book
not worth it..let down if u have read "english august"
Samia Ahmed
The character of Bhola is unbelievable! He does crazy things in his perverted world and it will take some gall to digest it all. I am glad I could get past it and enjoy the freaky black humour in the story. There are some dialogues which are quite funny and memorable.

Yet there are some underlying questions regarding life, death, ageing, tantric practices and existential mumbo jumbo. Some of the tragedies reminded me of Garp.

It was interesting how he suffered boomerangs after his sins. I had to
Rajiv Bhattacharya
Firstly, this is not a book on losing weight: P It’s about a guy who had an obsession of losing weight. This is a grotesque book which is at the higher end of dark humor. If you liked “English August” and “The White Tiger” you might possible like this book. The book has a lot of explicit content and descriptions of demented minds. It’s not for the people who like regular light hearted works. The end is kind of abrupt which made me rate English August (by the same author) and “The White Tiger” ab ...more
I started reading this, then i fell asleep. the book is as boring as mud. trying to get through the first 100 pages was a challenge. The other 300 were absolute torture. It's not that nothing happens or that the writing isn't good. It's the fact that what does happen is totally inane!
Please. If I wanted to read all about sexual perversions I would have just read Freud.
It was not at all believable but hilariously, imaginatively obscene.
Usha Hegde
I felt nauseated by the book and stopped reading it. It is bad.
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Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian author and administrator, noted for his works set in the Indian Administrative Service. He has been named Officier des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters), by the French Government.
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