Mrs Funnybones: A Review

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I don't like calling anything a review because it sounds so formal and standoff-ish and plus there are tons of people on social media giving away 140-worded "reviews" for free anyway.  Let's call it me-telling-what-I-liked-or-not-liked-about-the-book.

I have been reading Mrs Funnybones a.k.a. Twinkle Khanna's columns for a while and I find them refreshing. And she has her tweets to match up to her wit too.

That rarely happens. I am looking at you Jerry Seinfeld, who's just a yawn-fest on Twitter. And when I found out she's coming up with a book, I was looking forward to it, but with a little bit of cynicism thrown in for good measure. Because it's rare that column writers make for good book writers. The book is a combination of chick-lit/mom-lit/memoir with a good dose of observational humour thrown in. Her book covers everything from marriage, life, love, relationships, faith to social issues.

Things I loved about the book:
  • Her Pop Culture references are on point. Find out what Kim Kardashian and Saroj Khan have in common. 
  • Chapters in the book have been divided into A-Z, which I thought was perfect.
  • You think you'd have as much in common with Twinkle Khanna as Salman Rushdie had with Padma Lakshmi, but she's surprisingly relatable to all Indian women. Read this little line form the book when she talks about her in-laws " I am a misfit here, like most women that enter families which are so different from theirs. And for the next few hours, matching all the cousins, step for step, I make my own little place". See what I mean about relatability! 
  • She makes fun of herself. I think that in itself is applaudable. She makes fun of her weight, her name, her acting skills. "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

Even though, some of the chapters were a little bit of a downer, overall, I would definitely recommend this to you guys. It's just so refreshing to see someone as flawed as all of us and who is ready to see humour in everyday things and laugh it off. That, I think is what our country needs, right now! And I can't believe she's from Bollywood, because you know, that's not where all the cool kids hang out ;)

Keep Writing Mrs Funnybones!

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