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Book Review: Pyjamas are Forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

This is a third contemporary novel by Twinkle Khanna, her two previous books were good, readable. But this – third one – is a huge disappointment. May be because the storyline seemed too short and draggish. This story is about a woman named Anshu from Mumbai. She is forty, has no children and divorcee. To take a respite from her life or so called karma, she visits an Ashram in Kerala, where she will be indulged in yoga, and other restraints, like sex forbidden, and limited food and so on. Well, there she finds her ex-husband Jay with his new and younger wife Shalini. After this point, the book takes a rewind process and the character goes back to her past life for retrospection i.e. love and marriage with Jay and what possibly went wrong so as to see this day.

The book explores the deep psychoanalysis of common human traits like jealousy, infatuation, selfishness, betrayal etc. This novel has limited scope of story but the author has stretched it deliberately, and for such a short story span, the book could have been covered in around 150 pages. Anyway, the woman and her plights of life are portrayed humorously dark. Probably the author thinks that the dark side of the life can be conceited in the veil of humour. Overall, it is a dark story with no relevant meaning. The author has picked up quite a common story and forgets to put in intensity and other factors that can keep readers hooked up till last page. Those who have read Twinkle’s other books may feel disappointed by this one. Newness totally eludes the storyline. These kinds of stories we often see in B-movies. Anyway, let’s wind it up and hope Mrs. Funnybones comes up with something good and sustainable material in the times to come.


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