BOOK TITLE: Anything To Look Hot
AUTHOR: Jas Kohli
NUMBER OF PAGES: 203
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
REVIEW BY: Dhivya Balaji
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: I thank Tushti Bhatia and Sandeep Sharma of Author Paradise for this review copy.
When the superstar diva of the past decade doesn’t want to play the hero’s mother on screen, she insists that she be reshaped into the most beautiful woman in the world…by any means. This is just one of the many odd situations which plastic surgeon Dr. Dhruv faces in Mumbai. He has dealt with tyrannical bosses and finicky patients while undergoing his training, during which he has also won over a stunning doctor as his life partner. But satisfying the movie stars is a different ball game, because every girl wishes to have bee-stung lips, and every guy wants to flaunt a six-pack abdomen without working too hard. And all this while, he has to resist losing his balance over his ravishing female clients. Dr. Dhruv’s journey surpasses even a masala movie for humour, drama and action. In debunking many a myth about cosmetic surgeries, the book will enthrall those who can do Anything to Look Hot.
Anything to Look Hot is an insider’s perspective on something most people would like to know details about.
When the book came up for review, I really picked it up because of the quirky title. While the title itself was engaging, I assured myself that the book would offer a detailed perspective on the not so popular rear side of one of the largest supporting industries of most film industries (unofficially).
Humans, as a whole, are mostly dissatisfied. It is hard to find a man or a woman who is totally satisfied with everything life has given them. While most people are upset with the lack of money, adventure, opportunities, and a million other things, a vast majority of people are disgruntled over their looks. Many men and women are not happy about their physical features.
In this society and age where people are obsessed with looks, one of the most underrated, but otherwise very monetarily successful thriving fields of medicine is plastic surgery. It is the ability to sculpt humans. A god like ability that allows humans to alter god given features also comes with huge responsibilities. Dr. Jas Kohli is a professional plastic surgeon who has written this piece of fiction on what seems like his life’s experiences.
Any book is a product of the author’s imagination, and any authors mostly inadvertently include a part of themselves in the books they write. While this is not very evident in many cases and from seasoned writers, it is only natural that debutants let their work seep through their thoughts as words onto the book. Jas Kohli has given a fictional account of the trials and difficulties a plastic surgeon faces.
All is not glamorous in this world of beauties. Faces and sometimes bodies are sculpted until the fit the widespread image of what is perceived as perfection. People think that the ideal definition of beauty is something they have to strictly adhere to in order to be considered beautiful. The world of Dr. Dhruv is filled with such beauties – celebrities who want their features altered.
The young Dr. Dhruv passes a particular examination and trains for a further two years to become a qualified plastic surgeon (a process that I did not know existed until I read this book). On his father’s advice, Dhruv enters the glamorous and high paying bollywood industry as a favoured plastic surgeon. His experiences in both his professional and personal lives and the events form the rest of the story.
The story had the potential to be a witty humorous account of a plastic surgeon that would have been lapped up by literature lovers and bollywood fans alike. But it does falter in not striking a balance between the technical details and the flavour required to make it an enjoyable piece of fiction. While this is not a prerequisite per se, it is a much needed element to make the book actually enjoyable instead of going over the heads of laymen readers.
The language, thankfully, is good. It is clear and simple. The formatting is clean to read. The book could have had a little more humour in writing but that is not a major complaint.
WHAT I LIKED:
The insider perspective on the world of plastic surgery.
The language and the storyline
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
The story concentrated only sparsely on few characters who seemed important, but were actually not so.
There were absolutely no pits, twists and turns. The story had the potential to become a thrilling ride filled with shocking incidents or a humorous account that held readers’ interests. But it flowed in a straight line.
VERDICT: Why not? This is different, refreshing. And you get to know what all the hype about plastic surgery is and if it is worth the hassle.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When Dr. Jas Kohli started training in plastic surgery twenty years back, he hadn’t imagined that one day he would be exposing the secretive world of plastic surgeons and their clients. Apart from his interest in writing, he also enjoys astronomy, music and bird-watching. Through his writings, he aims to foster a stronger doctor-patient bond.
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback, Kindle.
PRICE: Rs, 132 for Paperback