BOOK REVIEW: THE LEGEND OF LAKSHMI PRASAD by TWINKLE KHANNA
Twinkle Khanna, who managed to tickle your funny bone with her bestselling book, 'Mrs Funnybones', is back with her new book, 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad'. While her debut book gave you fun-filled moments and made you burst into fits of laughter, in her next work, Khanna has delved deep into our system and has jotted down the loopholes very eloquently, convincing us at the same time to rethink on our notions and beliefs.
The first story revolves around a young girl, Lakshmi Prasad, who witnessed the burden of two daughters on her parents and came up with a revolutionary idea that made women a blessing, not a curse.
While the second story is a love story of two aged people and how they unite without caring for the society. The third one is about a girl, Elisa struggling to break the notion,"Without marriage, girls are useless" and the last story shows how a determined man, Bablu Kewat despite being ostracized, goes on to manufacture low cost sanitary pads.
While all the stories had interesting plots, I found the third one a litttle obscure and diverged from the main topic. I liked the writing style a lot. While the stories with a serious message particularly about women can sometimes be banal but, here the author is not drumming the messages into the readers head to make them feel burdened and giddy. The language is light and there are bits of humour too, enough to make you smile.
The characters, the events, the places were well described and were congruent with the gist of the book. The author has been meticulous, giving minute details making it easier for the reader to imagine the scene. While reading, I never lost interest in the midway.
If you are in a mood to read short stories with a tinge of humour and sarcasm, 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad' is perfect for you!