Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna
Released: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books India
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.
This was a fairly quick read and I managed to finish it in one sitting. While a few readers out there cribbed that this book is just a collection of published posts from her column, I had never read her columns before so all these narratives were new to me. I enjoyed her style of writing, and I think she does have a good sense of humor in a sarcastic way. There are some instances which genuinely made me laugh out loud, like when her son says he can make anyone pregnant, or when they are travelling in the plane and smell dirty diapers, or when she talks about her weight issues.
Having said that, I feel Twinkle tries too hard to be funny at times. While there are some witty moments here and there, I felt like a lot of the anecdotes were put in to fill the pages. Maybe the humor is not my cup of tea, but I was rolling my eyes while reading past some of her stories, like how clichéd she makes Germans sound, or how she makes most of the Indian come across as illiterate fools (for the sake of being funny).
Also, there is also no consistency towards the tone of the book, as one chapter is a quirky tale, but the following chapter talks about death and suicide, and the one after goes to a flashback to her college days. This is the main reason I started disliking the book. If I had read her columns prior to reading this book, I would have given this a lower rating, as it seems like a lazy attempt to bring in more cash by randomly throwing stories from your column, putting it together without any order, and publishing it.
Overall, this book was an average light read and easily forgettable. While I actually rate this book only 2.5 stars for its content, I have to give an additional star for the cute illustrations scattered across all the chapters. Kudos to the illustrator for nicely animating this book.