Sunday, July 9, 2017

The legend of Lakshmi Prasad - Book Review

Twinkle Khanna aka Mrs Funny bones has a quirky, satirical way of writing. Having read her columns and experienced peels of laughter (especially the Cut-Appa one), I ordered "The legend of Lakshmi Prasad". I didn't bother to read the blurb or reviews before placing the order. Partly, because the book is always placed amongst the best selling books and in top most row at Landmark and other book stores and I safely presumed it to be a great book from this entertaining columnist. Also, at times you know, I want to experience and make an opinion myself than going by what XYZ newspaper or Mr. Famous says or blogs about the book.

A glance at the contents elicited that it is a collection of 4 short stories. Honestly, the book was a lil let down in terms of waggishness it offers albeit the relatable, heart touching and well built characters. Perhaps it was because her columns were exceptionally well written with humour at its best. The first 3 stories in the book revolve around the women of different age groups, their emotions, struggle to conform and fit into the stereotyped Indian society. They are sure to entertain any feminist. But, the last story is a surprise. It is an inspiring story based on the true life incidents of Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented low cost sanitary pads breaking all the taboos. He was awarded Padma Shri last year and is fondly called "The menstrual man".

Overall, the language is lucid, people and situations are beautifully crafted with strong female characters leading the plots, light hearted and will serve a good 2-3 hour nonchalant read. Though fun and wittiness is not as promising as it is built in her articles and columns.

My favourite line is "Here lies Elisa, she briefly belonged to many, but truly to herself" and favourite story of all is "Salaam, Noni Appa". 

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