I have been wondering if I must read this book; that debate lasted over a year. Why? Because I always found a book I wanted to read more than this one. Finally, my little sister solved the conundrum when she bought both of Twinkle Khanna’s books. Obviously, having more than slight OCD, I went chronologically and read Mrs Funnybones first.
Mrs Funnybones is a book that reads like a collection of journal entries. Random, funny, and well written, every chapter is an insight into the person and her life. Twinkle Khanna may have been an actress, but her present roles as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a daughter in law, an entrepreneur, and an all round Goddess make every chapter that much more endearing.
Mrs Funnybones is a well-written book. If you have read Twinkle Khanna’s columns in TOI or DNA you will be familiar with the style and quality. But then you may also see some content repeated in the book as well. Perhaps these few chapters could have been replaced. Mrs Funnybones does manage to tickle a few laughs out of you. Sometimes it may not be obvious, other times it is. The book flows seamlessly through all the random topics and you will be sticking your nose into the book for a few hours until you finish it in one sitting.
What is great about Mrs Funnybones is that Twinkle Khanna manages to portray life in a manner that a lot of us can relate to. Like when she goes on a walk and three men begin to follow her. Don’t worry; she manages to chase them away by running after them and throwing an empty coconut at them. (There is a saying in Tamil – ‘Vallavanukku Pullum Ayudam’. i.e. for the enterprising, even a blade of grass is an instrument/weapon – very apt for our author)
Getting back to Mrs Funnybones being a relatable book – times when mothers and mothers in law are involved, every one of us knows what happens. And in Mrs Funnybones, we are shown the not so glamorous side of a Bollywood Biggie’s household – pretty much like our own, except maybe in posher settings.
Perhaps, under all that fluffy lightness and humour, Twinkle Khanna manages to take a few digs at various topics that irk us. If one reads between the lines, one can feel certain scepticism towards some of society’s standards and practices.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Mrs Funnybones. It is a book that indulges you and makes you laugh. A thoroughly entertaining read that will not fail to entice you.
My favourite chapters were any involving Mrs Funnybones’s very own desi Jeeves and her mother. I can never look at Dimple Kapadia without some of the passages running through my head. (As a negative I found some passages a bit too elitist, but in today’s world, who isn’t!)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars