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Weight Loss (novel)

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Country  India
Publication date  28 February 2006
Pages  432 pp
Originally published  28 February 2006
Genre  Black comedy
Cover artist  Sarnath Banerjee
Language  English
Media type  Print (Paperback)
ISBN  0-670-05862-9
Author  Upamanyu Chatterjee
Publisher  Viking Press
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Preceded by  The Mammaries of the Welfare State
Similar  The Mammaries of the Wel, The Last Burden, English - August, The Washingtonienne, English - August: Screenplay

Weight Loss is a 2006 novel by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

Plot summary

Weight Loss is about the strange life (from age 11 to age 37) of a sexual deviant named Bhola, whose attitude to most of the people around him depends on their lust worthiness. Bhola’s tastes are not, to put it mildly, conventional. Sex is a form of depravity for him and he has fetishes about everyone from teachers to roadside sadhus to servants; he progresses from fantasizing about the portly family cook Gopinath to falling “madly in love” with a vegetable vendor and her husband. This last obsession spans the entire length of the book and most of Bhola’s life – he even ends up teaching at a college in an obscure hill-station hundreds of miles from his home because he wants to be near the couple. At various other stages in his life he gets expelled from school for defecating in a teacher’s office, participates in an inexpertly carried out circumcision (one of the book’s many manifestations of the “weight loss” motif). visit


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