Is it only in India where people don’t realize that starting a conversation with, “Oh, you’ve put on weight!” is incredibly rude?
Perhaps I should respond with “Oh, you’ve become uglier!”
so they get the point.
From stores that do not stock clothes my size to unsolicited advice from neighbourhood aunties, my life—quite annoyingly—is ruled by the numbers on the scale.
What’s the big deal about being big? You may wonder.
Well, quite a lot, actually.
For starters, you get dumped by the only man you’ve ever loved, social situations go from awkward to embarrassing within seconds, and don’t even get me started on the family’s never-ending search for a suitable groom. They just don’t make men my size these days!
Nevertheless, here I am, about to meet Suitor No. 7. Begrudgingly, of course.
Ride along as I navigate the crazy arranged marriage market. And trust me, it’s crazier when you’re more than a little curvy.
Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor, and blogger based in India. She writes for publications and businesses, and also runs a writing firm called the Pixie Dust Writing Studio. Her first book, Done With Men, featured on the Amazon bestseller lists for two consecutive years. Find out more about her at www.shuchikalra.com and follow her on Twitter @shuchikalra.
Roli is just like any other girl you would meet except that she is huge, yes with the height and width to match our India she draws second glances more often than not. This is the second novel by Shuchi and I have always appreciated her writing and this book just reaffirms it. Leave aside the topic, leave aside the story just the language of the book is good enough for you to enjoy this book with its wonderful ‘laugh out loud’ moments, frank statements, and truths that hit home.
In I’m Big So What we follow Roli Kapoor as she makes her way through the arranged marriage scene, meetings and what not, as a plus sized woman. She’s just recovering from a bad breakup, one where she’s still coming to terms with the way it ended, and she has already been pushed into the arranged marriage market by her mother and a nosy aunty. The book actually opens with her moving into a new place and we know that something has happened to make her leave her cushy home where she is pampered...