Thursday, May 25, 2017

I am Big. So What!? by Shuchi Singh Kalra

"I am Big. So What!?" by Shuchi Singh Kalra is one of the best woman-centric books I have read in last year. In today's Indian culture, Fatness is the biggest problem among bachelor woman / girls. Shuchi has caught that exact pulse and has written a wonderful story around it.


Book Blurb
Is it only in India where people don’t realize that starting a conversation with, “Oh, you’ve put on weight!” is incredibly rude? Perhaps I should respond with “Oh, you’ve become uglier!” so they get the point.

From stores that do not stock clothes my size to unsolicited advice from neighbourhood aunties, my life—quite annoyingly—is ruled by the numbers on the scale.

What’s the big deal about being big? You may wonder. Well, quite a lot, actually. For starters, you get dumped by the only man you’ve ever loved, social situations go from awkward to embarrassing within seconds, and don’t even get me started on the family’s never-ending search for a suitable groom. They just don’t make men my size these days!

Nevertheless, here I am, about to meet Suitor No. 7. Begrudgingly, of course. Ride along as I navigate the crazy arranged marriage market. And trust me, it’s crazier when you’re more than a little curvy.
"I am big so what!?"  is a story of a fat girl Roli who decided to fight with the world with her own way. The book describes Roli’s story how she faced problem due to her size and how she overcame the problems with help of the same size. Roli is a graphic designer who works from home and earns pretty well. One day she had broken up with her boyfriend and she thinks it was because of her heavyweight but that was not the truth. The boy was roguish. He was after Roli only because of her money but it took her some time to understand the truth and accept the truth.

Now, due to pressure from her parents, she met a guy on a date who could be a potential husband or gonna-be-groom. But Roli went on date only for fun. The guy, Kabir Wagh, was the same size as Roli. She found him cute, and she went on the second date with Kabir. But on the second date, she got to know that he was the same Kabir who was bullying her in her teen years and made her life hell during teenage. Ultimately the situation turned the table. Her ex-boyfriend Ronit came to her and apologised for his behavior. Kabir also asked for forgiveness. Will Roli should accept both apologies? Will she choose one of them as a partner? Let’s read the novel.

Personally, I liked the concept and idea very much as it describes through Roli’s story what a fat person in a society have to face and what deadly things how hard they have to try to break stereotypes. Following thought got my attention
Is it only in India where people don’t realize that starting conversation with “ Oh, you’ve put on weight!” is incredibly rude?
Perhaps I should respond with “Oh, you’ve become uglier!” so they get the point.
Thank you.
The novel teaches us that in whatever size we are, good will come to us if we create positivity in ourselves. Everything will be fine so accept whatever you are. Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover Page : 5 / 5
  2. Concept : 4 / 5
  3. Character : 4 / 5
  4. Storyline : 4.5 / 5
  5. Overall : 4.5 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads


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