Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna – Book Review

Synopsis:

Almost everyone has a similar family story in India and this is what Mrs Funnybones or rather Twinkle Khanna pokes fun at. The husband who’s the “man of the house”, the crazy mothers in law, friends and of course the constant jibes at her weight make it an intriguing read. Everything comes together to leave the reader cackling away in laughter.

The tag line of the book, ‘She’s just like and a lot like me” coupled with the celebrity author might make one wonder, how can one compare a normal Indian household life with the glamorous life of someone like Twinkle Khanna. But that is the beauty of this book. It is not entirely an autobiography of the author, nor is it the typical tell all that celebrities so often write. This is a book of a woman who is a mother of two, an ordinary version of the star and someone who finds humour in the everyday situations that women in India face every day. That is what makes the book relatable even though it has been written by someone who’s the daughter of celebrities and married to one. Through her own anecdotes and by drawing parallels between a star’s life and a normal life, she has managed to write a book which is funny yet at the same time it forces you to think and comment on the situation. Mrs Funnybones is a comical take on the life of modern Indian women.

Book Review:

Mrs Funnybones, the title itself is enough to raise anyone’s curiosity.  The fact that it has been written by Twinkle Khanna works as a catalyst for those who love to have a peek into a star’s life. I am not a follower of her blog but the book description made me consider reading it. There was this surmounting curiosity about how a former star, now a star wife, puts the moments of her life in a witty and funny manner that I was reading about everywhere. Maybe it was the everyday struggles of once a movie star but now an affluent woman, mother and wife that drew me towards the book.

Mrs Funnybones is a quick read and moderately entertaining. Everywhere I have been reading about the great job done by the actor turned author but I can’t help having a few contradictory thoughts on how I feel about the book and her writing.

While every review I read is appreciating the way she has presented everything in a funny lighthearted manner that is easy to relate with the common people (one of the reviews read: “What she does wonderfully right is to bridge the gap between her celebrity status and an ‘aam aurat’), there were several instances that made me feel that she was being quite snobbish towards common folk.

The book reads like a personal journal of a celebrity (who is also a mother, a wife, a daughter and daughter-in-law) which can be best described as a compilation of anecdotes, thoughts and memories.

There is no denying the fact that Twinkle Khanna is a well read, witty and intelligent person which is clearly shown by the book. But it is no literary masterpiece. If you are looking for depth in the book, then this is not the right choice. It is just simple humor and is good if you want a break from the serious heavy routine to just laugh on random stuff or during a two hour flight when you are not really looking for any serious reading.

Although Twinkle Khanna has been sassy, sarcastic, and sometimes funny, however, I found it hard to connect with the book. Maybe because my world is so different from hers, as would be of most people who read it.

The book primarily caters to those who take keen interest in the life and times of the celebrities. If you are looking for any intellectual point of views in it, then you will be disappointed. If you are not a fan of the lifestyles of Bollywood celebrities, then there is absolutely nothing in the offering. 

I doubt that the book would have received such good reviews if it had not been written by a celebrity. An average, timepass read.

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