Weight Loss (novel)

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Weight Loss
First edition
Author Upamanyu Chatterjee
Cover artist Sarnath Banerjee
Country India
Language English
Genre Black comedy
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
28 February 2006
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 432 pp
ISBN 0-670-05862-9
OCLC 65401887
Preceded by The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Weight Loss is a 2006 novel by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

Plot summary[edit]

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 http://tinyurl.com/2unsh