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10 Reviews That Will Make You Want To Pick Up Twinkle Khanna’s New Book

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Twinkle Khanna has been unanimously hailed as the Queen of comebacks and her Twitter feed is nothing short of legendary. Her second bestselling book, “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad”, is a collection of four short stories, each drastically different from the other. The stories are being adapted in different ways, “Padman” the movie releasing later this year is based on the story “The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land” and we recently heard about “Salaam, Noni Appa!” being adapted into a play. We decided to put together some raving reviews for the book and Mrs Funnybones’ unmatched writing skill.

1. Pratishtha Kaura, Huffington Post

In her review, she says, “Khanna’s style is effortless and descriptive, making the reader flip through pages with ease and deliberating over the turns that characters go through, wanting to know happened next. This is something we see in both Mrs Funnybones and The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. There are some inspiring one-liners that you want to re-read and share with others. My personal favourite part is “Women have been looking for a cape and have been handed an apron for centuries. But here was a man who wanted to help women swing their apron around, let it flutter down their backs and watch them soar through the clear blue skies.” 

2. Shravanthi Kripa, Goodreads

A Goodreads review said : “This is an excellent example of a book that begs to be relished page by page. Although this book is only 200 pages long and theoretically can be read in a few hours at a stretch, the best way to read this book would be one story at a time, one day at a time. I deliberately read one story a day so that I can bask in the warm feeling of each story. It’s highly encouraging to see a mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cultures and characters in one book. It makes the book exciting.”

3. Ivinder Gill, Financial Express

Even the finance sector appreciated the book with a review stating that,“The stories are simple, uncomplicated, ‘nice, breezy reads’, but pack a smooth punch. And here lies the charm of the book—being effortless, unexaggerated and unpreachy, but still having gravitas, still touching a chord, and leaving the reader pondering.”

4. The Whimsy Bookworm

A blogpost review went on to say, “The writing is good. Khanna is a … writer with a gift for infusing even simple, everyday events with humour. This book has multiple laugh-out-loud moments. Each and every story touches your heart. They are about people- simple, common people like you and me- and you can relate to them and their struggles and journeys. Even if you can’t fully relate to some of them, you can certainly empathise with them.”

5. Voweler

The review caught the essence of the book completely by saying that, “All four stories have different impressions but the thing that’s common is the deft writing style and unmatched wit of Twinkle Khanna. It collectively makes The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad a book which makes you laugh and think simultaneously.”

6. Namrata Ganti, Juggernaut Reviews

She said, “Quirky, simply written stories with a clear meaning and strong messages. The author has a distinct style of writing and there are strong morals underlying her work. Filled with fun, well developed characters whom we can relate to and stories of everyday life that we can understand, the book makes for quite a fascinating read. It is a short book, with exactly 4 stories and can be read rather quickly. It would make a wonderful read while traveling. I think that every person should read this book as there is a lot to take away from the stories. There is much to learn and the author conveys the same without sounding preachy. Focusing on women empowerment and the important role that women play, the author has largely depicted the trials that women face in their everyday lives. I loved all the stories and cannot pick a favorite since each has their own specialty. All I can say, without giving away much about the plot lines, is that the book is definitely a pick-me-up and worth all the time spent on it!” 

7. Frost at Midnight

This review talked about the importance of it’s charachters saying that,“The one absolutely great thing about The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is that the characters in all the stories can be found in everyday life. Whether it be Noni Appa, Lakshmi or even Parul. There is a connection, an understanding of sorts that we can make with the characters. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is a fabulously written book. Four stories in some 200 odd pages took only a few hours to read; it is an unputdownable book.”

8. Sunday Guardian Live

Perhaps one of the biggest names in the industry, the Guardian gave the book a raving review by saying,“The issues taken up by Khanna in her book of stories are nothing new. But Khanna uses an old subject with great writerly ability, infusing each story with a subtle originality. The stories speak of the plight of being a woman, as well as look at the world from the standpoint of a suffering male. It’s not easy for a writer to make that switch between genders as seamlessly as Khanna does. And that’s what makes her book definitely worth a read.”

9. Vogue

Everyone’s favourite fashion magazine had lots to say – “The new stories are stamped with some familiar hallmarks—they’re told with a warm heart, good humour and a sharp eye for injustice. They also tell us how expansive. Khanna’s imagination is, taking us away from the relatively small circle of home, family and friends in which she and Mrs Funnybones live. They go to small-town India and into stifling, crowded homes: they feature old women finding love, young women cutting themselves on the sharp edges of life, and girls who come up swinging against bullies again and again.” 

10. Asian Age

They considered the book to be like stories by a friendly neighbour stating that, “There is something about Tina Khanna. She is as uncomplicated as her writing…There is no attempt to impress and Tina’s voice is as friendly as your next door neighbour.”

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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