Bulldozers breach Manuli’s streets. Mumbai’s civic authorities deemed
several of its beachfront hutments unlawful due to lack of permit pay-
ments, and bulldozers crashed them down, with a noise that woke people
up in the early hours and triggered their tenshun. The plague crosses amid
the rubble were spared and continued to cast shadows over homes with
curtains for doors. Tele visions lit the entryways from the inside. One eve-
ning’s light source came from a televised special called “Is obesity now one
of urban India’s silent killers?” In front of the camera sat prominent meta-
bolic disease specialists and a man several months out of his successful
metabolic surgery. The host of the show began the program with a provo-
cation: “We are asking ‘How fat is too fat’? Is obesity one of urban India’s
silent killers? sms us Yes/No at 56388 in India, 6388 if you are in the UAE,
or 63880 if you are in the UK. You can also log on to EntertainmentTonight
. com during to night’s debate live as we speak.” In the format of a debate,
the demands to make metabolic living comprehensible could work only as
a text message and only in terms of a single relation of pathological over-
flow: Yes or no? Is there or is there not a prob lem? Like the weight- loss
crosses that opened this book’s introduction, fat’s presence or absence set
the conditions for life.
Let us consider not the host of the program nor the doctors seated in
a face- off nor even the patient brought in to testify. Let us instead con-
sider the camera itself. In the question above—is there or is there not a
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