Book Review: The Legends Of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna

What do you do when your layovers between flights are longer the flight duration itself? Well, you have two options- The first one includes going crazy in the duty-free section if you are in a good airport and the second one, going crazy in a book store if you are in one of the small town airports. No matter how tiny an airport is, I have always found that they have a bookstore and its my favorite place to be, before I catch a flight. This time before I caught my flight for Andamans, I decided to quickly stock up on some reading material and one of the first books I picked was The Legends Of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna. I have read quite a few of her columns and I have to say they were good so I decided to pick one of her books. Couldn’t quite locate Mrs Funnybones ( I did when I was returning and bought it as well, review to follow) so I pretty much decided to pick up her second attempt at writing.

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is a collection of four short stories based on women’s rights. Women’s right is one of the author’s favorite subjects in her columns as well but in the book she has been more subtle than sarcastic. There are four stories in the book that touch upon different issues that are pretty pertinent to the day-to-day life of any women. The language and the writing are pretty simple and each story moves along in a decent pace.  I like the fact that the author has converted the mundane daily events into beautiful stories with a message but I am afraid the story did not leave a lasting effect on me.

Short stories are certainly a very difficult genre of writing because it is never easy to win over a reader in such limited number of pages. I for one was not  able to relate to any of the characters and each story seemed to have a very hasty and unfinished kind of an end which basically ended up giving the story an unfinished feeling and the message in the stories seemed superficial. Overall, the book just turned out to be a decent read but nothing extraordinary that would force you to think about the underlying issue.