Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Read Review: Mrs. Funnybones

Mrs. Funnybones by
Paperback, First, paperback, 248 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Penguin Books India

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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.
When Twinkle Khanna's column started making the rounds, I was kind of surprised because I didn't have the slightest idea that she writes or that she is sarcastically funny.Then I saw that my books-crazy friends are reading and liking it, I put it in my TBR.

In the book, the author is a wife, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a sister-in-law and a mother. And so it was very easy to relate to.  It also takes on some absurd incidents that takes place in our country. Like when her husband Akshay Kumar was doing a ramp show to launch a new brand of jeans and he invited her onstage to unbutton the jeans he was wearing, some social activists' group lodged a complaint against her for indecent public behaviour! I loved her eccentric mother and mummyji in her narrations.

The book is not extraordinary but it's definitely refreshing. The author is sarcastic, blunt and makes her point. I felt there is a bit of me in it too. Just like the book's tagline goes, "She's just like you. And a lot like me". It's a light read but with a few serious connotations too. I would definitely like to read more of Twinkle Khanna.

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