The Weight Loss Club is about the lives of middle class families living in Nancy Housing Cooperative in Calcutta. Everyone has got his/her own problems.
Monalisa cleans her house in no time and rest of the time worries about her son's studies. Meera finds herself whirling around her daughters and mother-in-law, Aparajita aka Apu is an academic who needs to lose weight to get a nice match, Abeer is busy thinking how to impress Mandakini aka Mandy, Ananda a lecturer/philosopher, whom nobody takes seriously, anyhow manages his job and bedridden mother with the help of a maid and a nurse, Treeza is depressed and carries huge emotional baggage and Oxford-returned Sandhya, a saadhvi/spiritual guru/yoga instructor who, one fine day, comes to live in Nancy Housing Co.
The cover page is interesting but I think the title is misleading. One may think it's a non-fiction.
Writing style of the author is very neat and crisp. For the story, I think there are too many characters to deal with and I found it very confusing. I almost forgot where I had left (about one character) when the POV of that character returned again (After travelling from many other characters) but I really liked the way author switched to 'various' points-of view.
The characters are very realistic and well defined. I liked Meera's, Ananda's and Treeza's part. Meera nicely represents the typical Indian bahu who doesn't have any personal time. I found Abeer's part a bit dull and insignificant for the story.
Overall, for me it was a simple, light and nice read. You can pick this book if you like light contemporary read!
I thank The Readers Cosmos and Devapriya Roy for sending me an author's signed copy!