If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen how excited I was to go out and buy Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna and Don Quixote as well. These two books were a purchase after 3 months in quarantine and I was tired of reading all the serious, non-fiction titles.
Coming to Mrs.Funnybones, I’ve seen Twinkle Khanna’s books around on #bookstagram many times, I even heard her writing was witty, hilarious and highlights issues in an Indian society while using satire. I was intrigued to read them, but until last month I didn’t get a chance.
“Our little satellite reached Mars because it was called MOM. If it was called DAD, it would still be circling the Earth, lost, but not willing to ask for directions.”
Khanna write a column for a newspaper called “Mrs.Funnybones” and as you can imagine the short stories, or posts in the book are quite similar to ones she writes for the blog. By using satire, wit, and humour she pokes fun at the Indian society, politics, her domestic life, her eccentric mother, the wisdom of children and observations of daily life.
“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.”
If you’re looking for an escape, then Mrs. Funnybones will have you giggling. I finished it in one go, and I actually love how smooth paced the book was, and you instantly went to the next story.
“We may have potholed roads but at least we have many people willing to travel with us on them.”
All stories are arranged in an alphabetical order, with really quirky titles like:
- N: Not quite a feminist, so how did I reach Mars?
- X: Xerox copy of mom required
- T: Travel and Tyranny
- K: Karan Johar celebrates karva Chauth
I found that Mrs. Funnybones is sort of an alter ego of Khanna, the woman she wants to be or hides behind. I was impressed thoroughly by her writing, and loved the insight into the “man of the house” who is her husband: Akhsay Kumar. Moreover, there are bits and pieces of insight into her upbringing, why she was named Twinkle, her love for reading, and being sort of an introverted personality.
“The United Nations research states that men with the longest life expectancy are from Japan, followed by Switzerland. I am rather surprised at this result as since time immemorial we have been doing the Karva Chauth fast to make sure our men have long lives, and the results should have definitely shown by now”
Similarly, her views on faith and God are starkly different from her husband who comes from a big Punjabi family, and even though she may be the interior designer boss during the day, like most Indian woman she too has to face her mother in law and her whims.
“After fourteen years of matrimony, I have discovered that hoping your other half telepathically reads your mind only leads to someone wanting to punch the other one in the face.”
Even while mentioning such issues, she remains respectful and acknowledges that these relationships despite being multi-layered and complex, can be managed if people are willing to, and where you don’t have to go denying your individual freedom every time. Relationships demand compromise, and striking the right balance is important to maintain them.
“One day he will be in my place and what he will learn then is that trying and holding on are complicated and challenging things, but the most difficult thing in life is to love fiercely and then let go.”
Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna really is the light read, hinting about Bollywood glamour and stars, the truth behind red carpets and getting over to the food area, worrying about maintain your weight, and instantly switching between roles as a mother, wife, daughter, friend, entrepreneur, and employer all within a span of a few seconds.
“A working woman’s constant companion is guilt. We are always feeling the burden of periodically neglecting either our children or our work.”
Mrs. Funnybones is the embodiment of the 21st century Indian woman who wants a career and a family, and in order to get the best of both worlds, she is continuously switching between the many gender roles society has handed to her – even if she didn’t want them in the first place. Either way, the stories by Mrs. Funnybones aren’t too shallow to make you roll your eyes, or too deep to reread what you just read.
“A Punjabi mother, her son and food form a triad as sacred as Brahma, Mahesh and Vishnu, and cannot be interfered with as I learnt in the early years of my marriage.”
You can’t go wrong with this one, and it is the perfect summer read to lighten your mood and have some giggles while sitting in your room; safe from COVID-19.
Onto the basics:
- Rating: 3.0/5.0
- Favourite quote: “growing older is all about learning and passing it on, otherwise there is no reason for biological evolution to keep us alive after our reproductive years are over.”
- Reader level: Fairly easy.
- Should you read: If you’re looking for something interesting.
- Would I read it again: I might.
Till next time,