24 January, 2021

Making Light Of Solidity

At last, a get-thin book from India that chucks cheese for channas, yet puts on some weight around the covers

Making Light Of Solidity
If devouring diet books could make you lose weight, your reviewer would be a thin woman. She is not. What a good diet book does however—to paraphrase what some lipstick king once said about his cosmetics—is sell hope. It leaves you with the strong conviction that, as writers in this genre are apt to tell you, You Can Do It. It has you reaching for your diary, writing "This is the first day of the rest of my life" next to tomorrow’s date, scribbling menus on the backs of envelopes, starting a food diary and calling up your best friends—all, of course, dying to drop a few kilos just like you—and saying, Hey guys, this is the book, buy it.

Now, if you stuck with the guidelines, usually spelt out so clearly that any half-wit could understand them, the chances are you would lose weight, as you would on any careful eating plan—but ‘if’ is of course the hardest word in this sentence. However, human frailty is not the point of this review. The point is: what makes Rujuta Diwekar’s book a winner? This Mumbai dietician has notched up...



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