The time mentioned in the invite for the book launch was 6 p.m. and it said actor Namitha was the chief guest on the occasion. We landed at the venue a little before the scheduled hour expecting a large crowd as was usual when a film celebrity is involved at such events. The thought that it also meant the function would get delayed escaped our mind. Thankfully, the organizers decided to commence the programme before the arrival of the chief guest. One look at the svelte and sprightly author, Rujuta Diwekar told us the proof of the pudding is in its eating. Clad in western attire she carried herself with dignity and her brief introduction to the book set off the right tone for the interaction.
Questions from the audience comprising mostly women ranged from the right way to eat and exercise, the pitfalls of dieting, lifestyle disorders of PCOD etc. Even as the author was answering them in detail, breezed in Namitha and all heads turned towards the approaching figure. Perhaps there were quite a few like me who didn’t watch Tamil movies, for the sight of the actor to appear familiar or to recognize her. We found our attention was drawn more to her sartorial choice which appeared more suitable to a film set rather than a book launch setting. But what we could admire was her confidence with which she took questions from the floor that included some inconvenient ones as well. She said her family belonged to Gujarat and everyone in her family was big made. She confessed that dieting and jogging didn’t help her much and after she met Rujutha things changed. She is happy that she didn’t have to give up chicken and cheese, her favourites even as she follows the plan to healthy living and maintaining one’s weight.
Eat what ever you like and treat your body as a friend, the best judge as how much to eat is your stomach and it tells you when to stop. If you listen to its advise you will not tend to over eat was the author’s refrain.
n.meera raghavendra rao