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Book Review – The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

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When Twinkle Khanna came up with her first book Mrs Funnybones she became the voice of every mother, daughter, wife and every other role that an Indian woman plays in her life. Her skillful infusion of humor and sarcasm into deep rooted issues that encompass our generation was a lease of fresh air for every reader. So yes, when her second book was announced, I right away pre-ordered the book as I was particularly interested in discovering how ‘Tina’ has adorned the role of a fiction writer from her current I-have-this-opinion-on-this-issue style of writing. I have been able to read the book only 10 months after just reflects that I am a real busy mom!

The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna is an ensemble of four short stories. I wish I could say that the four stories bring to you variant aspects of lives of women from different walks of life. Though three of the four stories do exactly that, the fourth story is a definite deviation from the theme that the book begins with.  This story of a man’s struggle to make a low cost sanitary napkin for the women in his socio-economic surrounding is a fictionalized version of the life of Arunachalam Muruganathan, who credited with making the low cost sanitary napkin making machine.

Mrs Funnybones does an excellent job of telling the story of a young girl and her pursuit to seek financial independence for every girl born in her village and beyond. The author then brings to you the story of two sisters in their golden age who are each other’s support system and remain committed to living a rewarding life. The third story takes you on a young lady’s journey through her multiple marriages before she realizes that she has been designed to fly alone and not in a flock, because there just isn’t another bird in the world with a similar feather as hers.

Now, coming to the fourth story, Mrs Funnybones missed the point of telling a story that would carry on the legacy that she started with Lakshmi Prasad. Instead, she goes on to re-tell the story of struggles of a man who set out to find a low cost solution to sanitary napkins so that her wife could have comfort and hygiene. I say re-telling because this story is clearly inspired from the life of Mr. Muruganathan who as a social entrepreneur is credited with the invention of a low cost “PAD” making machine.

So clearly is Mrs Funnybones biased towards this story or must I say inspired by this story that its volume amounts equivalent to the volume of the three stories combined. Not just that! She has decided to make her producer debut with a movie based on the same story.  For your knowledge, this movie is called “PADMAN” and is likely to release sometime next year.

My Verdict

The author’s language is simple yet tasteful that makes for an easy read for busy minds seeking relaxation and unwinding. Her appropriate reference of surroundings of her protagonists’ environment leads one to relate to them almost instantaneously. There’s something for everyone in this pot-pouri of stories that can be passed off as somewhat feminist in nature.

Even though I liked and also appreciate the story of “PADMAN”, I would have preferred to read a couple of more stories that were in line with the starting theme of the book. Mrs Funnybones’ biggest strength is that she is stupendo-fantabulously observant and receptive of happenings around her. She has a knack for picking up stuff from the madness around and giving it a satiric twist. If you do not understand what it means, please read her weekly columns for TOI, where she writes as “Mrs. Funnybones”. I really do expect a lot from whatever she does, and hope that her third book (due for release this November) will be a better representation of her Talents as a thought leader and a story teller.

For the content – 3/5

For the writing style – 4.5/5


My husband did not wish to watch ‘TOILET – Ek Prem Katha’ for he was not comfortable sitting through the toilet vocabulary of the movie. I was aghast. I said “Yehi soch toh badalni hai”. Then inspired from the last story in the book I asked my dear hubby, “Have you ever held a sanitary napkin in your hands?”. He was like, “Why? Why would I ever need to?”. In my mind I responded, “Just to know and understand, how it exactly feels.” And then I wondered, how would people respond to a movie based on the “PADMAN” (‘s) life. It is sure to have the “PAD” word innumerous times and some illustrious scenes that may make one shift in their seats. I have decided though that I am going to brave through this experience and make my husband do so too. What about you?

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karuna chauhan September 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Ahh I am yet to read her Mrs.Funny bones but this one does sound equally good too 🙂

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm

I suggest you read Mrs Funnybones first. That’s the better one. Thanks for dropping by.

Dixita September 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Nice post
I loved mrs. Funny bones
Will get this book too soon

Hena Jose September 8, 2017 at 10:32 pm

This book was always on my list to read. happy to read your review on it. I too like Twinkle Khannas Satire.

Cheryl Sterling September 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

Thank you for bringing this author to our attention. I am always looking to read good stories. I’m sorry the 4th story did not meet your expectations.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Thank you.

Sadhuvi September 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

I am yet to read this book and your review is good!!

Dipika September 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

Oh I am like a forever fan of Mrs. Funnybones wittiest best writing. Her books bring freshness out of the monotones of life. Lovely review she’s my favorite

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Thanks you liked it.

Obsessivemom September 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

I love her column but was always skeptical about her fiction. After reading reviews of this book I didn’t feel like picking it up. Your review reinforces that thought. There really are too many good books in the world to waste time on mediocre one.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

I guess you are right. But sometimes you have to give some credit to people good at one thing for trying something new.

Mahak @babyandbeyondin September 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

Her weekly columns are downright hilarious. Her books are on my TBR list but haven’t had the time yet. After reading this review I am more tempted now.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

I suggest you read her first book first.

Mayuri Nidigallu September 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

This is a truly balanced review, Anupriya. I have not read any of Twinkle’s book so far, but just might be tempted to pick this one up, based on your review. Thanks for sharing.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Mayuri given that I now understand some of your temperament through your blogs, i suggest you read her first book first. It is hands down the better one.

Disha September 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

I had liked reading Mrs. Funnybones. This book also sounds interesting. Thanks for your review.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Oh yes. It is a good quick read for a stress free afternoon.

Sonia September 9, 2017 at 12:33 pm

I am yet to read her books, really want to.. i like your insight on her books, definite buy for me the next time i’m book shopping

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Oh yes these are good books to give you a relaxation break from your busy routine with your little one.

Geethica Mehra September 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

HI Anupriya, your review is very apt. When Tina’s first book released was confused as to go for it or not. Also, I was struggling within about how to showcase my writing talent.
This verdict of yours has interested me. I would like to go for it now.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm

This book of hers is an example of how beautiful stories can be woven from simple characters with simple lives. Go for it.

akshata September 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

I loved the book and my favourite story was None Appa Salaam. I also loved Padman story- while it deed feel a tad bit long but I could relate to where the feminist streak comes in here- my interpretation is she was trying to project that feminism is not just about women but also empathetic men who believe in equality and making life easy for everyone. I look forward to the movie- it will be one hell of a kind- don’t recall any Bollywood movie talking about periods. Your review was well worded!

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Thanks Akshata. I too am eagerly waiting for the movie. And can’t wait for how the media will react to it.

Ruchi Verma September 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

I am her fan … she is really great writer .. Thanks for bringing this review.

Mommy Tincture September 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Ruchi for dropping by!

ashwin September 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Nice review. Twinkle is a talented woman.

Iram September 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm

I read her comments on TOI . Didn’t know about book. Based on your review I guess this will be next read 🙂

Neha Gupta September 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

I am definitely a Twinkle “the writer” fan . Love her sense of humor and the way she writes. Thanks for writing about this book and I am definitely going to read it

Neha (Sharing Our Experiences)

Neha September 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

I enjoyed reading your review! I read her first book and I truly enjoyed it, but I don’t think I would enjoy this book much. I will certainly wait for her movie.
P.S I can imagine my hubby reacting the way your’s did 😛

Deepa September 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

I loved Mrs. Funny bones by Twinkle Khanna but didn’t get a chance to read this one yet. Great review. I am going to raed it soon.

SoulMom September 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Mrs. Funnybones book and her weekly columns infuse a sense of freshness. I love her humorous take on the daily madness around us. Love the way she portrays her husband, mother and talks about her children. Though not so sure if I would want to read this fiction from her. Nice elaborate review. Good Luck to you Anupriya.

Anchal September 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

I have been following her blog since a long time and I am a fan of her writing style. Will check out this books for sure.

Rashi Mital September 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

I have read her first book Mrs. Funnybones but found it a compilation of events/incidents from her day to day life. I mean, I couldn’t figure out what I gained from it. Yet, I’d like to read her second book, cuz Twinkle Khanna, I dunno why, does pulls me to her and her writing.
Thanks for the post. It did tell me that I would find easily relatable content in this book. 🙂 Cheers!

zainab September 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm

I have read most of it, and somehow the day I kept it in the cupboard it still sits there. Now, need to go bak. 🙂

Aseem Rastogi September 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm

I have read Mrs Funnybones and its quite a fun and witty read for sure :). Looks like this one is worth picking up as well. By the way didn’t know about the low cost pad making machine. Now that’s something new I have learnt today.

Manisha Garg September 10, 2017 at 12:48 am

That’s an honest review which is much appreciated. I haven’t read Mrs FunnyBones books but her few articles are very good.

Reema D'souza September 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

I’ve read both her books and I definitely agree with you. I was looking for stories which were in line to the first three, but the fourth one was different!
I’ve read her articles and I must say that they are good.

Anubhuti Seth September 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Oh yes…this is a fun read …there is a lot to be done to break the stereotypes of this world..

Ishieta @ Isheeria's September 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

This book is on my TBR – I was in 2 minds on whether to read it sometime or sometime soon – Reading your review i feeli need to get to it! moving it up on my pile!
I absolutely agree with your last point… we need to watch movies like Toilet and Padman and normalise these things. I will watch these and such movies too.

Natasha September 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

When I first started reading Mrs Funny Bones I thought it was lame. But I went back to it 2 years later and then quite enjoyed the ride. I guess it’s always the state of mind you are in that also defines the book for you. Lakshmi Prasad was pretty average I would say, but Twinkle always manages to charm with her impeccable writing style.

Nice review here Anupriya:) First time on your blog, will return for more.

Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

Very true. Your state of mind and the phase of life also determines your interests. I read Mrs Funnybones almost 2 years after its release, but I am thankful that I read it then. Else I would have dumped it altogether.

Priyanka Vermani September 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm

“Have you ever held a sanitary napkin in your hands?”. I like the way you reasoned with your hubby!

Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm

I wanted to ask further, “Have you ever seen a used pad.” but better sense prevailed and I decided to not scandalize dear husband.

Minakshi bajpai September 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

I haven’t read any of twinkle khanna series of books. But after reading your review now i think should read it as all said its a fabulous book. This book really sounds interesting

Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm

It is a good read if you are looking to read something less loaded yet more meaningful. Thanks for dropping by Minakshi!

keerthi vydyula September 13, 2017 at 2:21 am

I am yet to read this book of twinkle khanna. I like her sense humor and adore her as a person. Thanks for an honest review 🙂

Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for liking the review Keerthi! I love your pics.

keerthi vydyula September 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm

Aww Thank you 🙂

Sudhir Chauhan September 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

very honest review…. I never knew she writes well….. I think can give a try now…..

Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

She is a pro at giving out sarcastic yet apt views to situations ranging from politics to social life of people.
You must read her first book. Thanks for dropping by

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