Here is a tongue-in-cheek book by Twinkle Khanna- the 90’s starlet and wife of Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. This weekend, as I rummaged through the racks of my neighborhood lending library, I was glad to land my hands on Mrs. Funnybones. I had heard quite a bit about the book- the launch amidst glitterati, the effective social media marketing and the fact that Twinkle Khanna’s witty tweets had been doing the rounds of Twitter for well over a year, before the actual book launch. So it is but natural for me to have a reasonably high expectation from the book. And I must say, I wasn’t disappointed. Twinkle Khanna’s debut novel, Mrs. Funny Bones, is loaded with wit, and the satirical narration leaves you with a grin, smile and ROFL moments too.
“She’s just like you and a lot like me”.
The book begins from the very title. Weaving together daily instances from her personal life, bringing up children, her mother’s crazy investment ideas, and her professional life, Twinkle Khanna takes a dig on all these and much more- including her name. Picking the best of humor I liked from the book…
“Naming me Twinkle was a foolproof way of making sure that I would get teased throughout my life, have immigration officers at various airports stare at my passport and shake with hysterical laughter and strangers stalk me with WhatsApp messages like, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, little star, I hope you get hit by a car!”
“I tell her, ‘It’s not funny, Mom, and sometimes you really do make stupid mistakes.’ She snorts, ‘That’s true, I made you.’
“There are 146 countries above us where the men have longer lifespans, and the biggest blow is that even with four wives who don’t fast for them, the Arab men outlive our good old Indian dudes.”
-excerpts from the book.
Life is sure not different for most women. Twinkle Khanna portrays herself just like any other working women. Work constraints, getting the household chores done, and the responsibility of managing two children. At the end of the day there isn’t any difference between being a celebrity or a regular working class women. The narration is simple, crisp with the absence of complicated words and adjectives. I liked the clutter free presentation of the chapters, segregated alphabetic wise.
My thumbs up for:
- The book is a light and a quick read. I managed to read it in a day.
- It is one of those books you read without putting in too much thought and feel light on completion.
- If you are looking for a great piece of literature, then this isn’t the book for you. The book is easy-going, and maintains a casual style.
- No significant plot. The book is a compilation of multiple columns that one regularly reads in magazines/newspapers(Apparently Twinkle does write regular columns for DNA).
- The humor at places seemed exaggerated and a bit overly done.
Nevertheless a good one time read. Laugh out loud, soak in the humor and get a window into Bollywood. ‘Cause Twinkle Khanna is someone who isn’t afraid to express her opinion.