Friday, 9 October 2015

Review of Mrs Funnybones: She's just like You and a lot like Me

Mrs Funnybones: She's just like You and a lot like MeMrs Funnybones: She's just like You and a lot like Me by Twinkle Khanna
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't understand why readers find 'Mrs Funnybones' funny. It wasn't really funny. Though it can be termed as a good satirical laugh but I won't say that my stomach rolled into fits of laughter and my eyes burst with tears while reading this one.
Despite not being into non-fiction, I pre-ordered this book. (Thanks to liberty Books in Pakistan, otherwise I wouldn't get my hands on this one quite soon and I don't know for how long I had to wait.)
Obviously, the curiosity to read a book from a celebrity turned interior designer turned author - Twinkle Khanna (daughter of celebrities Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia and wife of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar) was always there.
Getting published from Penguin is unchallenging and effortless for a celebrity. They'd soon acknowledge work coming from a celebrity and turn the author into a bestseller overnight. Whoah! Writers like us have to work hard to achieve this title.
Coming back to the book, like I earlier said, it was a good satirical laugh. Twinkle has written the book from her own perspective. She describes the way her life revolves around man of the house, prodigal son, little one and her mothers.
Though I felt bad when Akki kept calling by Man of the house. I mean she could use his name instead.
At first I thought the basic idea behind this novel somewhat resembled to Moni Mohsin's Butterfly but I was hence proved wrong when I read it. The writing style is highly different and of course I would proudly say our Moni writes even better. Her writing style really made me laugh like riot!
There were a few chapters which I genuinely liked from Mrs. Funnybones; especially the ones that ended up giving a strong message.
Twinkle hasn't been new to the writing world; she has been writing columns for quite a time which now has compiled in a form of a book.
Nonetheless, there's no denying to the fact that Twinkle herself is sassy, sarcastic and downright funny - it reflects highly from her writing. She has a great sense of humor which clearly shows in her book and blogs.
I'd like to finish with a note that she is definitely a better author than an actor. Read it for a refreshing change and relax your brain muscles. ;)

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  1. I couldn't agree with you more.
    Publishers will go out of the way to publish any trash dished out by celebrities. Even if people like us get published, after years of hard labor,we won't sell. And the media won't bother even if you send free copies to get a word out of their mouths (or elsewhere). The amount of crap doing the rounds as 'best-sellers' is terribly disheartening, and frightening how they are killing this beautiful language in the garb of 'Indian English'. I hope you guys have not invented your own!
    Ravi Bedi
    Author "Lovers' Rock" (Rupa Publications - 2014) {Gathering dust in bookshops}

  2. I'm surprised that you've given the book an above average rating.I may sound Prejudiced and Judgmental, but the literary skills of Twinkle Khanna was simply too much for me to digest. I am indeed judgmental because I've not even read the book in the first place and written it off.I can't agree more that the book and the Author are being given excessive boost due to the author's celebrity status.

  3. Looks do matter in the publishing world.