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Twinkle Khanna is India’s new contemporary Sudha Murty
I read Twinkle Khanna’s first book ‘Mrs. Funnybones’ only because Aamir Khan launched it as I am not much into reading nonfiction titles and another reason was that, Twinkle whose columns I usually read in a leading newspaper and like too made me pick the book up and I ended up loving it a lot. A month back when she announced her first fiction and second book ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ I just couldn’t control myself and preordered it then and there from Amazon. I am certainly now a fan of Twinkle Khanna as a writer, now it’s high time I should tell how her latest book is.
A gangly young girl transforms her village with a revolutionary idea. Sixty-eight-year-old Noni Appa finds herself drawn to a married man – ‘Why do people have to define relationships, underline each word till the paper gives way beneath,’ she wonders. Bablu Kewat becomes obsessed with sanitary napkins much to his family’s horror, and a young woman keeps checking the weather forecast as she meticulously plans each of her five weddings. Funny, observant and wise, this is storytelling at its most irresistible.
The book is divided into four different short stories and every story moves at a reasonable fast pace yet Khanna never loses the humor layer in any of the parts. I need to give credit to her that she continuously makes her readers smile with smart use of words and sometimes dual sense humor.
Beginning with the first story which is about a young village girl Lakshmi who with an idea became a forgotten legend, her concept changed many lives but nobody knows about her years later. The story began with typical clichés used in many Bollywood movies even but by the time it ended I felt satisfied, happy and uplifted somewhat like a Sudha Murty book and when someone compares a writer with Murty then you know the author has really done well. The story is somehow less engaging but still entertaining in most parts.
The second story is of an old Muslim widow Noni Appa who develops an undefined connect with another old yoga teacher and how the consequences she faces more mentally and less socially, Khanna beautifully uses humor in this mature tale yet never fails to underline the required emotions of the characters, yes the story is satisfying overall.
The third story ‘If the weather permits’ is on the society rules of marrying off your daughter at a certain ‘perfect age’ irrespective of her readiness. This story will touch your heart and make you think twice. The story also tells us about how repetitive and boring the population has become off late or maybe it was always like that since ages.
The last story ‘The sanitary man’ of a sacred land is based on a true story of a man who invented the machine of making sanitary napkins at low cost. The story is very real and you can connect with it and yes get inspired too, Twinkle keeps her language mostly lucid and interesting but still if I compare her books then I would say her nonfiction ‘Mrs. Funnybones’ stands little higher than ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ in my list.
All in all I will recommend this book to every story lover and I wish Khanna comes up with another one very soon, I’ll go with 3.5 stars out of 5.
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