Women and Weight loss Tamasha is a second book by Rujata Diwekar on women and their struggles with health and wellness. I had read Rujuta before, ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight’ and found her style of explaining the science of nutrition entertaining. Her writing style make the concepts relatable and rememberable. Considering that I was desperate to self-educate myself and make good food choices and that this book was on a Kindle sale, you can say this was an impulsive buy. And that forced me to read it quickly too, because well…I was looking for help. The book did no good in guiding me or motivating me for weight loss instead the author in between starts talking strongly about women, womanhood and the sympathetic situation of Indian housewives, and suddenly it felt as if I am reading a book on socio economic causes rather than diet.
Content wise, this book is less informative than her first book. If you’ve read her other book, you’ll see some of her points re-appearing in this book. I took that as her being consistent with her ideas, which was good. The whole book is divided into chapters based on different stages of a woman’s life. All the chapters have real life examples of her clients, who struggled to maintain a healthy weight & sometimes took extreme measures to lose weight, her opinion on what went wrong, how to fix it, and model diet plans. She provides scientific and logical reasons for why it’s better to follow her style. After reading her first book, I followed her suggestions, and it worked very well for me. This book’s shed some more light on dieting and dos and donts. When I look her style of writing though, I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed. If she’s looking to cater to people outside of India, she has to cut back on writing in Hinglish! There were too many references made in Hindi and her style if writing was very casual and conversational.
– Most diet books are catered towards the western countries with western ingredients. So, often it is hard for an average Indian to place it in their local context. This book places it in the Indian context.
– Chatty, Indian style language
– This book is not about food. It is more about telling women to take care of themselves, a kind of feminist book telling women not to feel guilty for cooking/taking care of themselves.
-Many Indian women will like it because it does a good job of describing challenges faced by Indian women in terms of food/ exercise which is something western books just don’t manage to capture.
– Loved the idea of visas for sweets
– Some common sense ideas and explaining science ideas in a simple manner.
– I really did not trust most of the 3 day diet recalls (okay I did not believe almost all of them). These women ate so little and everybody woke up on time and slept on time by 9:30/11 PM. I just find that unbelievable. Was everybody really going to bed that early?
-A slightly RSS like tone of superiority of Indian food in terms of health and food and cooking style while shitting on western soups/boiled veggies. Soups/boiled veggies can be made tasty as well. It is not like they all are totally bland. She herself recommends boiled veggies in a diet plan but disses on it later.
-I do not like how most nutritionists in India always blame western diet and western foods for obesity/diabetes while giving Indian foods a free pass. Yes, we have a lot of healthy food in India but many people avoid the veggies/dal and eat mostly bhajjis and rice all the time.
– The author never once says – the client needs to eat more veggies. She always say whole nutritious food. One thing I observed is that most 3 day diets were really low on veggies.
To sum up, if you care more for the content, then this is a good book to pick up. Makes you ponder about your current eating habits and might force you to change things a bit for a healthier lifestyle 🙂
My Rating: 3.5/5.