Book: Mrs Funnybones
Author: Twinkle Khanna
Publisher: Penguin India
Genre: Non fictional humour
In One Line: Scattered pieces of incidents that often try a tad too hard to make you smile, ranted about by a celebrity wife.
Characterisation: Since the author and her husband are well known, it is easy to picture them (and the kids, the mother and the mother in law) experiencing and going through the various incidents. However, there is nothing called character development in this book. Everything remains scratchy.
Language: The book is written in the form of journalistic entries and given this kind of format, the language suits. ‘Grammatically correct language’ yes, however, it comes nowhere close to what is called ‘good language’. For instance – the words ‘Yikes’ and ‘Blimey’ have been written too many times. Synonyms, anyone?
- Some small paragraphs, here and there, though come out as pieces that have been well written. Maybe because those are the only ones where the author has tried to put some soul into it. A few of my favourite are:
- We surround ourselves with these big and small blinking screens, while our bodies and minds slowly forget how to tumble, how to wonder, how to live.
- Love, in any relationship, family or an intimate friendship, is only about putting the other person’s needs ahead of your own, and that, my friend, is just as simple and as complex as you make it.
- Trying and holding on are complicated and challenging things, but the most difficult thing in life is to love fiercely and then let go.
Plot Setting: None at all. It is all over the place. I stopped expecting any after a few pages of the book.
Book Cover Art: Umm! I’m still thinking what to say. Ms. Khanna with her two kids in an auto is supposed to be funny? Or is there an underlying meaning to it that I did not understand?
How’s the Title: Since Ms. Khanna writes under this pseudonym and some continuation from her columns had to be maintained in the book as well, I guess the name does fine. Nothing much to rave and rant about though. What I liked more was the tag line – “she’s just like you, and a lot like me”.
Is The Blurb Catchy: The superlatives used in the short blurb or the excessively praiseworthy quotes from famous sources could have been avoided. Trying too hard to sell something doesn’t work. If someone’s a fan of the author or her writing, they will pick it up in any case. And if they are not then they won’t.
Learning From The Story: I loved the idea of writing quotes before the beginning of each chapter and also naming each chapter with the letters of the alphabet.
Areas Of Improvement: Throughout I felt that the author was trying too hard to be funny. The incidents were so mundane that, this extra effort, instead of making me smile, made me skip pages and also stifle yawns. I would rather that she related such routine experiences and then added a thought provoking paragraph in the end (which she does in a few places). That would have caused greater smiles.
What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: It is a routine existence for all. But if we can find smiles and giggles from that then life becomes one of happy existence.
My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book:
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