After having thoroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games series and craving for more, I turned to Goodreads and other book forums for suggestions for similarAfter having thoroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games series and craving for more, I turned to Goodreads and other book forums for suggestions for similar books. The very first and most often mentioned was The Giver series. The blurb sounded interesting so off it went on my TBR list.
The Giver reveals a world where people are constantly watched and are expected to obey the rules set out for them. They are supplied with measured quantity of food and their lives are measured by how obedient they are. Jonas, a twelve year old, lives with his parents, Father and Mother, who are not his biological parents and his sister, Lily, with whom he does not share any blood relation. The children attend school, eat what is handed to them, volunteer at various places because that is the rule and at the end of their 11th academic year, they are assigned to work depending on their nature and interests. In one such assignment ceremony, Jonas is assigned to be “The Receiver” who has to receive memories, pleasant and painful, from the present Receiver who will now be called “The Giver”.
The book creates a world which appears perfect and utopian at the superficial level, but as the facts are revealed, we realize it is actually dystopian. There are women who are assigned to birthing whose job is to give birth to three babies in their lifetime and then move on to physical labor. Spouses are matched by the council who then watch the couple to see how compatible they are. The council decides when and how many kids the couple will have.
The book traces the life of Jonas and the twist in his life when he is chosen as The Receiver. His world is revealed to us through his eyes. As Jonas discovers bitter truths about his world, life, family, he realizes people are not what they seem they are.
Lowry’s world itself is interesting, but what I found lacking in the book is strong characters. Jonas and The Giver, the two central characters have some flesh, but not enough to connect with them emotionally. The supporting characters are so poorly sketched that they are just that: supporting characters. I will definitely read the rest of the books in the series, but wish I could connect better with Jonas and others....more
In this book, Rujuta continues from where she left off in her last book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight. After briefly touching upon her princIn this book, Rujuta continues from where she left off in her last book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight. After briefly touching upon her principles put forth in her first book, she goes on to discuss women and how the different turning points in their lives affect their health and weight.
Rujuta explains the female human body and how it goes through so many changes starting from pre-pubrety, puberty, pregnancy, pre-menopause and menopause. Marriage can be such a turning point in a woman’s life, and Rujuta’s explanation on why women tend to put on weight immediately after marriage is worth a read. Her theories (I like to call them theories) are interesting and makes you ponder. Pregnancy and post-natal days can be one helluva rollercoaster ride for your health and weight. Rujuta touches upon this and the dreaded menopausal experience as well.
Rujuta also focuses on some of the most common health issues like diabetes, hypothyroidism and PCOD/S. She starts with explaining what each disease/condition means in terms of body functions and how it affects your health. Her theory is a lot can be controlled through what and how you eat. I was shocked to see she recommends rice for diabetics when the rest of the world contradicts this. She gives some sane advice on hypothyroidism. Peanuts, cabbage, broccoli are some of things hypothyroid patients are asked to avoid, but Rujuta busts the myth by saying eating them raw is the problem.
Her first principle of eating something within 30 minutes of waking up is difficult for hypothyroid patients because we need to take our tablet first thing in the morning and not eat anything for an hour. I was curious to see what Rujuta’s solution for this is. I was very disappointed to read that all she says is talk to the doctor to agree upon a convenient time later in the day. Ha!
While her principles can only make your healthier and fitter, I found her book a bit too preachy. She believes that if one is healthy, one should have a painless period which sounds foolish. One can be fit and still have cramps, no? I so want to believe in her statement of ‘Eat right and your problem will go away’, but it sounds too good to be true.
I wish she had tailored diet recommendations for these different conditions. But then, if she gives away everything in her book, why would patients want to spend a fortune for her consultation.
If I could afford her, I would love to have a chat with her. And ask some questions which are not answered in her books. Alas, she is beyond my league....more
Ever since Kareena-Shahid starrer ‘Jab We Met’ released and Kareena’s Size Zero became the talk of the town, Rujuta Diwekar and her too good to be truEver since Kareena-Shahid starrer ‘Jab We Met’ released and Kareena’s Size Zero became the talk of the town, Rujuta Diwekar and her too good to be true diet technique became popular overnight. Rujuta’s diet and the best example which is Kareena’s Size Zero was there for everybody to see and believe. And believe they did.
Rujuta quickly caught on the pulse and published a book which explains her diet techniques. Her thoughts on how our lifestyle and food habits have evolved from the days of our uncivilized days to the modern human beings that we are today. The first few chapters on why and how we eat was an eye-opener. There are so many things which we do wrongly, knowingly or unknowingly, but it hits you like lightning when it is laid out in black and white.
Rujuta goes on to tell us what her ‘perfect diet is’ 1. Eat your first meal within 30 minutes of waking up. It should be ideally 10 minutes, but 30 minutes it acceptable too.
2. Place your meails 2 hours apart.
3. Do not eat to the extent that your stomach feels full. Rather, reduce your serving to half or 3/4th to what you are used to.
4. Eat slowly without any distractions. Chew slowly, savoring the taste and texture. Sit cross-legged while eating, if you can.
5. Exercise atleast 3 days a week.
6. Eat local, think global. I loved her theory here.
7. If you want to eat sweets, eat it as a meal in itself, preferably in the morning.
8. If you want to eat deep fried food, prepare it at home, instead of buying. Eat it as a meal in itself.
9. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Eat fruits rather than drinking juice. Don’t cut vegetables in advance. Eat vegetables and fruits as whole, when possible.
I have been trying to follow this diet since two weeks. I already see a visible difference, in terms of inches and kilos. There is no surprise there. Rujuta’s diet is exactly what our ancestors have been telling us. Early to bed and early to rise. Stop eating after the sun sets. Don’t read or watch TV while eating and so on. It is a shame it takes a Kareena Kapoor in her Size Zero avatar to make us realize how valuable our ancestor’s wisdom is.
Rujuta harps on about her connection with the elite world, be it Kareena or Ambani. She has dedicated a full chapter/appendix on how she transformed Kareena. I understand she is gloating over her clientele, but this was something the reader doesn’t care about. I mean, they are reading the book because they already know how Rujuta changed Kareena, isn’t it? Bebo’s name must have been mentioned a few dozen times atleast, which gets a bit too much. I wish Rujuta depends on her knowledge and capability more than her client’s popularity.
Out of curiosity, I visited Rujuta’s website to get more information on her services. The rates, oh my god, the rates are exorbitant. Forget affording Rujuta herself, I can’t afford her so called team. It is very clear she is least interested in working with the middle class people. I am sure she is looking forward to adding a few more big names to her clientele list. Nothing wrong with it, by the way.
I know Rujuta has another book out for us women and I am looking forward to read it to see what is new in that book which Rujuta has not already covered in this one....more
Don Tillman teaches Genetics at a university and has Asperger’s Syndrome, even though the last part is never mentioned in the book. He meticulously plDon Tillman teaches Genetics at a university and has Asperger’s Syndrome, even though the last part is never mentioned in the book. He meticulously plans every minute of his day, down to 2 minutes 20 seconds bike ride and 40 seconds of washing hands (I exaggerate but you get the gist). He doesn’t drink coffee after 3.48 PM because it interferes with his sleep. He is often baffled by human behavior and often wonders if it is him who is different or the rest of the world. He has convinced himself that he is not fit for human closeness until his neighbor and friend, an old lady, mentions that he would be a wonderful husband. And thus begins The Wife Project.
Don prepares a questionnaire, with ‘questions sorted for maximum speed of elimination’ which he distributes to all potential candidates. He is very sure about what he looks for in a wife: non-smoker, non-vegetarian and such, so he is stumped when his friend and colleague sends Rosie as a candidate to his office. Rosie is a barmaid, a smoker and a vegetarian. Rosie needs Don’s genetic knowledge in figuring out who her biological father is and Don is more than happy to help her and labels it ‘The Father Project’.
Don, in few words, is Sheldon Cooper in love. He is a typical aspie, gullible, innocent and living his life by his rules. In comes Rosie, the fiery, independent woman who thinks rules are meant to be broken. Both are adorable characters. Don reminded me too much of Sheldon, which is not bad per se, but may be goes on to show how stereotyped aspies are! Rosie, oh I loved her character. I am happy she wasn’t sketched as a too sweet and accepting woman. She has lot of failings and she knows it.
The book moves at a fast pace. The story is interesting, but what makes this book charming is its characters. The dialogues are beautiful too. I wasn’t surprised to read in one of the reviews that this book started out as a screenplay, but then made into a book later. I wish they make a movie from this book and let’s hope they don’t mess this one up....more