Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna
I would probably be the last person to read this book because this book was published back in 2015 and here I am with an honest review for the book Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna,
Twinkle Khanna also known as Mrs Funnybones, full of wit and humour, shares her personal life experience in this book. Mrs Funnybones is a compilation of journal entries from her life. Not as a star child or a wife of a famous actor or a former actress but as a modern Indian woman, she pens down her encounters with the rickshaw man , her maid , her clients, her family and friends. They are random, and expresses how she deals with her daily life issues with an unapologetic humour.
The book is divided into 26 chapters and each chapter beginning in an alphabetical order. The first chapter beginning with A , second with B and so on. The title of each chapter is very catchy. I found this unique. I read the book in one sitting.
As the tittle suggests, the essence of the book is humour, At times, I found her jokes to be silly or pointless, most of the times I was amused at her witty approach. Some chapters did crack me up. It is definitely a tough job to make someone laugh through writing and I would say the author did a good job. The book opens with the tagline, she is just like you and a lot like me.Her equation with her mother was funny.
It slightly disappointed me as I picked the book up with huge expectations. I loved reading her work in the Times of India, which lead me to this but it didn’t match my expectations. There is no continuity in the chapters. The humour was a bit forced.
For a debut book, The author Twinkle Khanna did well.
Not just plain humour, the author has also written about weird Indian rituals and stereotypes. At the end of some chapters she shared some beautiful truth in a very light manner.
She wrote on myths about menstruation , how it must not be treated like an embarrassment. It was really good. Another chapter titled Please don’t let go is worth mentioning. It is about suicides. She compares life to flying a kite.
“Life is just like flying a kite. Some times you have to leave it loose, sometimes you have to hold on tight, sometimes your kite will fly effortlessly, sometimes you will not be able to control it, but even when you are struggling to keep it afloat and the string is cutting into your fingers, don’t let go.
The wind will change in your favour, once again.”
The writing style is good. The cover is colourful. If the author had used a Hindi sentence there is an immediate translation in English within brackets which is great. It was an average read for me as there is no plot in thus book.
My favourite chapters from this book was,
Doing the daughter in law thing,
I refuse to celebrate this bloody valentines day thing ,
Oh no ! I am under arrest and
Xerox copy of mom required.
Overall, It is a light read, you can read in a single sitting or two.
What can we take from this book ?
Even the most normal day to day happenings in life can be enjoyed with a positive attitude.
Other books by the author
The legend of Lakshmi Prasad – 2016
Pyjamas are forgiving- 2018
About the author
Twinkle Khanna is an Indian author, newspaper columnist, film producer, former film actress and interior designer. Her latest book, Pyjamas are forgiving (Juggernaut Books,2018) was released in September 2018 and has made her the highest-selling female author in India in the year 2018. Her previous two books, Mrs Funnybones and The legend of Lakshmi Prasad, both have been declared bestsellers.
TITLE : Mrs Funnybones
AUTHOR : Twinkle Khanna
GENRE : Non Fiction
PAGE COUNT : 240
PUBLISHER : Penguin Books