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Mrs Funnybones - Twinkle Khanna

I’m back from a much deserved holiday and I think it’s about time that I shared with you a light-hearted, easy read! A lot of you who know me are quite familiar with my tendency to burst into a fit of laughter as I often seek humour in everyday life. Did I just hear you mouthing ‘defence mechanism’?  Ok, will pretend I didn’t hear that! So yes, humour…this is what Twinkle Khanna  experiments with in ‘Mrs Funnybones’ which is a collection of her observations about life as a modern Indian woman.

I am an avid follower of her column by the same name that appears in a national newspaper so when I came across this book, I was quite pleased! Khanna’s writing is refreshing and unassuming. The manner in which she narrates her experiences revolving around the various roles she plays as daughter, wife, mother etc. are so relatable that one is bound to laugh out loud at opportune moments (disclaimer – read at own risk in London’s super serious tube!).

The chapters in the book are organised in a creative manner and I really cannot give this away in the review as it will spoil it for you! The first chapter gives us a hilarious snapshot of a day in the life of Twinkle Khanna whilst she is trying her best to multitask and juggle the various aspects of her life. The other chapters touch upon different aspects be it her family, friends, house help or colleagues.

The book is quite short and I was a bit disappointed only because of this reason! I mean, who doesn’t like reading about a humorous take on life?!  Consider the following excerpt and I’ll let you form your own impressions.

“Sitting in front of my computer and drinking coffee, I spot an email from my accountant stating ‘Dear Madam, my sister very dangerous. I want to saw her. Please give leave three days! Good day, Srinivasan’. Hmm his sister is a serial killer and he has decided to cut her in half or as I quickly figure (with the help of a strong swig of coffee), he is saying that his sister sick and he wants to see her. I send him an email back informing him that since this is his nineteenth relative in grave danger he needs to either consult a tantric to remove a curse on his family or to simply stop lying to take extra days off. I shut my computer and hurriedly get ready to reach the office”.

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