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Komal Panwar


JWB Reviews Twinkle Khanna’s “Mrs. Funnybones”

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  •  January 21, 2016


When I picked a funny-bone off the bookshelf, I gave my eyes enough time to absorb what was drawn on the cover.

Crazy woman. Check

Crazy kids. Check

Flying Laptop. Check

Flying Diaper. Check

There’s plenty more but you get a fair idea. But then again, they say, never judge a book by its cover, or its excerpt. *wink*

So, I began reading.

Here’s my first perception of Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs. Funnybones: Quick witted, quick, and relatable.

She uses her abstract column-writing style to create an offbeat book. At the beginning of every chapter, there is a slapstick description about what to expect of the chapter.

Throughout the book, I would see the lean, shapely Twinkle Khanna committing blunders, facing situations just like any other middle-aged modern woman. I’m already familiar with “The White Window”, and am a keen observer of her Twitter handle (happy family pictures are my absolute favourite).

She faces the same dilemmas we face, has mother-in-law and mom problems, just like every other woman. Even in the book, we can see how ridiculously in love she is with her husband.

*Typical Aw moment*

Here’s one such example where “she’s just like you, and a lot like me”.

The holidays have ended, and after a month of indulging in endless desserts, I dust off my weighing scale, and gingerly balance myself on it. The number flashes very dramatically in red. I stagger back almost as if I’d been shot by a sniper’s bullet. I pick up the pieces of my shattered vanity and resolve to start yet another diet.”

Without revealing much, I would close by saying that it’s a chuckle-worthy, light read, that’ll finish quickly leaving you wanting more.

What’s amazing is that in between the humour, she also tells us about the truth of life.

I wish we lived like children. Run till you are out of breath, flop on the grass, stare at clouds, jump up again, chase a squirrel around every tree in the park, walk on your hands because the world looks different upside down, climb little hills and roll down the other side, do somersaults… just because you can.”

Her writing’s strength is that she keeps the reader interested until the very last page. I’d say, however, that the beginning could have been more grasping and powerful, but considering how wonderfully the book has shaped itself to be, I rate it at 4.5/5

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