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A warm, witty, gloriously realistic novel about living, loving and losing weight.

Set in a middle-class housing colony, this is the story of stay-at-home mum Monalisa, who cannot clean the kitchen counter enough times; Meera, who is bullied constantly by her traditional mother-in-law; college-going Abeer, who isnt sure how to impress the glamorous Mandy; academic Aparajita, who has no takers on the marriage mart; philosopher Ananda, whom no one takes seriously; and Treeza, a former school secretary now sunk in gloom. Into their midst arrives Oxford-returned Sandhya: half hippie, half saadhvi, full spiritual guru. Under her aegis is formed The Weight Loss Club, throwing the lives of our heroes and heroines into utter and delightful disarray.

But while chemistry brews and equations change, one question remains: who is Brahmacharini Sandhya, and why on earth has she moved into Nancy Housing Cooperative?

About the Author
Devapriya Roy has degrees in English literature and performance studies from Presidency College, Calcutta, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she is pursuing a PhD on the Natyashastra (at least, that is what she says when asked what she does). Once upon a time, she was the Keo Karpin girl. Her first novel, The Vague Womans Handbook, was published in 2011. She is currently working on The Heat and Dust Project, the story of a quirky journey through India on an extreme budget, along with her husband, Saurav Jha.

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Author Devapriya Roy
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Publisher Rupa Publications India
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9788129124258
ISBN-10 8129124254
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 304 Pages
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26 Jul 2013
Humane and Humorous

This book reminded me of Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street stories. It has that loving attention to people and places, the carefully interwoven relationships that characterize life in a housing colony as well as sufficient personal drama for each of its many characters to bring them to lasting life in the reader's imagination. Sometimes the stories go into deep, drawn-out detail as in the story behind Treeza Matthew's depression; other characters are more swiftly yet equally surely sketched -- a case in point being Molly who will be instantly identifiable to anybody who has studie... ()

This book reminded me of Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street stories. It has that loving attention to people and places, the carefully interwoven relationships that characterize life in a housing colony as well as sufficient personal drama for each of its many characters to bring them to lasting life in the reader's imagination. Sometimes the stories go into deep, drawn-out detail as in the story behind Treeza Matthew's depression; other characters are more swiftly yet equally surely sketched -- a case in point being Molly who will be instantly identifiable to anybody who has studie...
This book reminded me of Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street stories. It has that loving attention to people and places, the carefully interwoven relationships that characterize life in a housing colony as well as sufficient personal drama for each of its many characters to bring them to lasting life in the reader's imagination. Sometimes the stories go into deep, drawn-out detail as in the story behind Treeza Matthew's depression; other characters are more swiftly yet equally surely sketched -- a case in point being Molly who will be instantly identifiable to anybody who has studied in Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

I liked the way the author described the joys and sorrows of the various women associated with the Nancy Housing Cooperative Weight Loss Club, but even more than that I was impressed by her insightful and non-sentimental depiction of the way the men reacted to the problems of the women in their lives.

This is a novel that is both humane and humorous and I would (and do) recommend it to anybody. Personally I object to the occasional spot of Indian English in the book but there is no denying that the deliberate use of such words plays an important role in the vivid atmosphere the author has clearly taken pains to create. Overall, this one's a keeper.

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12 Jul 2013
In which DP Gives it those ones !

And no .. the Weight Loss Club by Devapriya Roy is not entirely about losing weight .
It is mostly about people like you and me with our secret anxieties , secrets and foibles which she dissects with a lot of insight and with a gentle and tolerant humour . Therefore , we have the domineering mother obsessing about her sons without really understanding them ; the young software engineer who leaves his wife to the tender mercies of a mother in law from hell ; the mother forging a marriage for a mulish , stubborn daughter Apu who tries unsuccessfully to thwart her ; the gentle teacher looking...
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And no .. the Weight Loss Club by Devapriya Roy is not entirely about losing weight .
It is mostly about people like you and me with our secret anxieties , secrets and foibles which she dissects with a lot of insight and with a gentle and tolerant humour . Therefore , we have the domineering mother obsessing about her sons without really understanding them ; the young software engineer who leaves his wife to the tender mercies of a mother in law from hell ; the mother forging a marriage for a mulish , stubborn daughter Apu who tries unsuccessfully to thwart her ; the gentle teacher looking...
And no .. the Weight Loss Club by Devapriya Roy is not entirely about losing weight .
It is mostly about people like you and me with our secret anxieties , secrets and foibles which she dissects with a lot of insight and with a gentle and tolerant humour . Therefore , we have the domineering mother obsessing about her sons without really understanding them ; the young software engineer who leaves his wife to the tender mercies of a mother in law from hell ; the mother forging a marriage for a mulish , stubborn daughter Apu who tries unsuccessfully to thwart her ; the gentle teacher looking after his mother and falling in love with Apu ; the depressive Treeza and her long suffering husband and the fairy godmother Sandhya , the brahmacharini who binds them all together .
The narrative is skilful and witty without being flippant at any point - Ms Roy being an extremely skilled writer . Her expose of contemporary middle class society and the examination of sentiments so typical of it , as well as the unusual foray into self healing and spiritualism is extremely interesting ..
A book to read in one go . So what are you waiting for - hey ?

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06 Aug 2013
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A keeper

Devapriya Roy’s The Weight Loss Club is witty, insightful and contemporary. She has a good understanding of the environment where the story is set. Calcutta is lovingly and colourfully portrayed. The characters are well-fleshed out, and easily relatable. The characters are as different as they come. Since the characters are so varied in their age and social upbringing, there is no place for the story to slack. The women issues that plague current times like violence against women, discrimination against women and lack of awareness of post-partum depression are seamlessly integrated in the... ()

Devapriya Roy’s The Weight Loss Club is witty, insightful and contemporary. She has a good understanding of the environment where the story is set. Calcutta is lovingly and colourfully portrayed. The characters are well-fleshed out, and easily relatable. The characters are as different as they come. Since the characters are so varied in their age and social upbringing, there is no place for the story to slack. The women issues that plague current times like violence against women, discrimination against women and lack of awareness of post-partum depression are seamlessly integrated in the...
Devapriya Roy’s The Weight Loss Club is witty, insightful and contemporary. She has a good understanding of the environment where the story is set. Calcutta is lovingly and colourfully portrayed. The characters are well-fleshed out, and easily relatable. The characters are as different as they come. Since the characters are so varied in their age and social upbringing, there is no place for the story to slack. The women issues that plague current times like violence against women, discrimination against women and lack of awareness of post-partum depression are seamlessly integrated in the story. I particularly like Sandhya’s character and her story. Sandhya’s story is inspirational without becoming preachy in spite of the fact that she is a Yogini. I like the way each chapter ended with a situation without an ending, so the reader is forced to read the next chapter, basically making the book un-put-down-able. I don’t think the book’s name is misleading. To me, the characters in the story are losing weight, they are losing some form of mental baggage as the story progresses with the entry of Bramhacharini Sandhya. The book is totally worth buying. In fact, it is totally worth spreading the joy that is this book, by gifting to friends.

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19 Nov 2013
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Heartwarming stories and Lively characters

"The Weight Loss club" is a delightful, enjoyable read that took me on an incredible journey into the Nancy Housing Society. The book is set in Kolkata and explores the lives of the residents of Nancy. Even though there are so many characters, Devapriya Roy does a beautiful job of weaving them so well that you understand the whole story. The characters are so alive and very likeable. It opened up so many memories for me. For instance, the part about the Momzillas who are seen outside the school gates not only had me in splits,it took me back to my school days. Devapriya described... ()

"The Weight Loss club" is a delightful, enjoyable read that took me on an incredible journey into the Nancy Housing Society. The book is set in Kolkata and explores the lives of the residents of Nancy. Even though there are so many characters, Devapriya Roy does a beautiful job of weaving them so well that you understand the whole story. The characters are so alive and very likeable. It opened up so many memories for me. For instance, the part about the Momzillas who are seen outside the school gates not only had me in splits,it took me back to my school days. Devapriya described...
"The Weight Loss club" is a delightful, enjoyable read that took me on an incredible journey into the Nancy Housing Society. The book is set in Kolkata and explores the lives of the residents of Nancy. Even though there are so many characters, Devapriya Roy does a beautiful job of weaving them so well that you understand the whole story. The characters are so alive and very likeable. It opened up so many memories for me. For instance, the part about the Momzillas who are seen outside the school gates not only had me in splits,it took me back to my school days. Devapriya described it perfectly.My favourite character, though, would be Sandhya, the hippie saadhvi. Her attitude is so inspiring! Personally, I felt the closure on Meera's character was slightly hurried. I would have wanted her to be slightly more outspoken.
Overall, this book was hard to put down. I finished it in 4 hours flat! And after that, I felt like I was missing these people, like Anando Bose and Monalisa Das. Devapriya writes really really well. She has such a way with spinning heartwarming stories! I got addicted to Pure Magic biscuits because I could relate to Mil in "The Vague Women's Handbook " (Devapriya's first book) so well. So, while I am a little partial to TVWH, I would give TWLC a 7 on 10.

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07 Oct 2013
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Real and Relatable!

To begin with, the cover page is designed very well. It is vibrant and has the flair to attract reader’s attention.

The author’s style of writing carries in depth philosophy and it is intricately woven into the simple lives of the neighbors in Nancy Housing Cooperatives!

There is no story as such. This book can be called as a compilation of few events that unravels during some days prior to and a few months after the arrival of Sandhya.

The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the characters are so real. They are like you and me. There is neither exaggeration nor drama. The autho...
()

To begin with, the cover page is designed very well. It is vibrant and has the flair to attract reader’s attention.

The author’s style of writing carries in depth philosophy and it is intricately woven into the simple lives of the neighbors in Nancy Housing Cooperatives!

There is no story as such. This book can be called as a compilation of few events that unravels during some days prior to and a few months after the arrival of Sandhya.

The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the characters are so real. They are like you and me. There is neither exaggeration nor drama. The autho...
To begin with, the cover page is designed very well. It is vibrant and has the flair to attract reader’s attention.

The author’s style of writing carries in depth philosophy and it is intricately woven into the simple lives of the neighbors in Nancy Housing Cooperatives!

There is no story as such. This book can be called as a compilation of few events that unravels during some days prior to and a few months after the arrival of Sandhya.

The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the characters are so real. They are like you and me. There is neither exaggeration nor drama. The author has essayed the characters with heaps of reality and hence, we get to connect with them easily.

Though the book is titled “The Weight Loss Club”, it is essentially much more than that. The book celebrated human mind and body which needs to be looked beyond physical appearance. This concept is brilliantly dealt by the author and we will enjoy the journey.

The book hits the right chord and at the end, we pine for a mentor like Sandhya in our lives.

But...
Out of 297 pages, the first 140 odd pages is a little too dragging. It gives too much of details of too many lives. As a reader, we may lose track of what was said earlier.

Synopsis says:
“A warm, witty, gloriously realistic novel about living, loving and losing weight”

In reality:
“A warm, witty, gloriously realistic novel about living, loving and losing weight”

Should you read it?
Very much because it is a feel-good book oozing with positive energy! Though not entirely focused on losing weight, but on losing that burden of emotional burden we carry, the book will indeed motivate us to start focusing on our health and body... (To confess, I am feeling so motivated that I feel like restarting my yoga sessions and resume my evening walks!)

And because this book is so relatable and so real!

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