Book Review of “Can’t Die for Size Zero” By Vrushali Telang

Can’t Die for Size Zero

Vrushali Telang

This is a totally humorous yet candid take on a large-sized girl’s attempts at losing weight.

30-year-old Joyeeta Naik, the protagonist, is a middle class Mumbai girl who works and lives in the city alone. She is single, “big” girl, with no boys/men in her life, and no career to boast of. She writes for a newspaper supplement – The Buzz of the Biz and it ain’t no big guns.

Her best friend Lara offers to fix her up for an appearance on a televised makeover show, and Joyeeta gets more conscious and bothered about her weight. She decides to surprise her family and friends and colleagues by revamping her image.

Out goes the obese Joyeeta and in comes a diva from the glossies whose weight loss journey is marked by many trial and error methods. New fancy diets and excruciating workout regimes – just so that she can be more confident and love her body. (Un)fortunately, Joyeeta is a true foodie and loves her occasional beer sips. There comes in a point where the reader can sense that Joyeeta is losing her basic self.

What follows is an interesting account of Joyeeta’s new life around (ex) boyfriends, friends, tailors, colleagues, parties, and a hoard of incidents (revolving around food) that make you laugh out loud.

Oh the connection between movies and food is strikingly well put. Haven’t we all felt like grabbing the same kind of food that we’ve seen actors eat in the movie? I always have.

And the rightful love/respect for beer is just hands-down perfect. Discussions amongst friends about love, life, sex etc. are brilliantly put and they never feel vulgar or forced.

Their (mis)adventure during the trek is an absolutely hilarious read.

The book addresses not just the weighty issues but the support friends and food provide to an individual.

It is a fun, witty, bold and, rather appetizing tale of the large-sized and large-hearted Joyeeta. It is hilarious, and is written in simple unpretentious language. The characterization is done darn well and you begin to care for Joyeeta and relate to her in many ways.

Looking at the cover page you might feel it is a clichéd subject to read. Yes, to a certain extent it is. But the way it is delivered is what I’m hinting at. The book goes beyond the usual concept to explore what happens to those who are not a size zero. It is a hilarious and poignant tale on how it feels to be an XXL size in an age that worships size Zero. The whole concept has received so much attention in the last few years that one begins to wonder about how it impacts those who sit on the other side of the fence. It is much more than being healthy. The book aims to be more about food and fashion; about men and marriage. It reflects sexual liberation.

Some food for the body and some for the soul. Overall, pure entertainment.


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