December 24 2015

Mrs Funnybones

Twinkle Khanna, aka Mrs Funnybones, crafts satirical stories and funny fables when she is not running a design business, selling candles or running in circles around her small but rather odd family. She narrowly escaped a gruesome tragedy when Bollywood tried to bludgeon her brain to the size of a pea, but she ducked at the right moment and escaped miraculously unharmed. She is a popular columnist and is a regular contributor to The Times of India and DNA After Hrs. Currently, she is in the process of creating lame jokes like, ‘Why do all Hindu boys worship their mother? Because their religion tells them to worship the cow.’ She firmly believes that nothing in life is sacred except laughter. Good morning, it’s 6 a.m. and I am wide awake because the man of the house has decided that he needs to perform a series of complex manoeuvres that involve him balancing on his left elbow. When I fell asleep last night, there was a baby lying next to me. Her smelly diaper is still wedged on my head but aside from this rather damp clue, I can’t seem to find her anywhere. I could ask my mother-in-law if she has seen the baby, but she may just tell me that I need to fast on alternate Mondays, and God will deliver the baby back to me . . . Full of wit and delicious observations, Mrs Funnybones captures the life of the modern Indian woman—a woman who organizes dinner each evening, even as she goes to work all day, who runs her own life but has to listen to her Mummyji, who worries about her weight and the state of the country. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s super-hit column, Mrs Funnybones marks the debut of one of our funniest, most original voices.

Ever since I started reading her blogs, became her huge fan and bookmarked her arrival. She blows away with her witty, satirical take on the present issues which is her USP in this book. Her command is using those special words for people in her life is the best part of the book. The present era women’s issues and how the thinking of the people surrounding her needs to be changed forms the crux of this book. The different parts presented in this book is written at her witty best. I would have appreciated if it would have some more pages after reading the book. While the book was engaging right from the word go, few topics need her attention to keep it much more engaging. I love her style of writing…things like man of the house, prodigal son, time wise break up of the day are now synonymous with her. Her writing is simple yet effective when it needs to be. I especially admire how she doesn’t shy away from writing about things that matter in a light-hearted manner which manages to hit the right note. Happy to read a piece of hers on menstruation as part of the book. Made me ponder as well as laugh, definitely worth a buy.

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