For the daughter of classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai (and house scientist Vikram Sarabhai), one would assume Mallika was born to bounce. An acclaimed dancer in her personal proper as we speak, she by no means aspired to be one. She went to IIM, however remembers waking up one morning and realising: “All I need is to bounce.” ‘In Free Fall’, nonetheless, is just not a narrative about her dance, it’s a story about her experiments with dwelling — experiments value telling, dance being an integral half.
A plump little one, Mallika was the youngest in an prolonged household of 10 cousins. Teased “mercilessly” about what she ate, when she ate and what she ate it with, she was okay with how she regarded. However puberty did one thing to her. All of a sudden, she didn’t need to be plump. Thus started her journey of exploration of her physique. The ebook is a abstract of her lengthy and arduous passage to realisation of her personal self, making an attempt out umpteen diets and eventually attending to know what labored for her.
As we speak, she says her physique is treating her with respect and he or she is treating her physique as her good friend. However this stability was achieved after 30 years of subjecting herself to regimens one might effectively name torturous. She started with controlling energy and graduated to Atkins weight loss plan. Subsequent was weight loss plan substitute meals that made her retch, macrobiotic weight loss plan (brown rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner), binging after which puking it to vent guilt (a situation now often called bulimia)… Wanting again, Mallika realises she wished to be skinny even at a time when she was skinny!
Dance, coupled with yoga, has been a continuing in her life, together with homeopathy, mud remedy, chromotherapy, non-violent communication, and many others — matters she elaborates upon as skilled by her every now and then. All this whereas, nonetheless, there have been bodily illnesses to battle — a tumour that wasn’t, hepatitis throughout her first being pregnant (this was additionally a time when she had landed the most important function of her life: Draupadi in Peter Brook’s ‘The Mahabharata’) and just lately chikungunya that left her in excessive ache for greater than a yr.
Grief went along with sickness. Her mom handed away, son left to dwell along with his father and daughter severed all ties. Nonetheless, she coped — generally on her personal, generally with assist from others. One could or could not agree with all that Mallika experimented with, however one might learn and glean personal classes from the memoir that looks like an trustworthy retelling of a troublesome life.
All about well being and health, the ebook can also be a peek into the Sarabhais, as soon as often called the primary household of Ahmedabad, their dedication to science, arts and the liberty wrestle of India. A extra elaborate account could be welcome, anytime.