“She briefly belonged to many, but truly to herself.” ~Book Review~ The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad By Twinkle Khanna

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.

The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad is a collection of short fiction. This light read up definitely gives you a feel good factor. Twinkle Khanna has penned down four short stories in this book where women play pivotal characters in each story. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad; Salaam, Noni Appa; If the Weather Permits and The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land.

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is a crisp tale about how a defiant girl goes against the norms of her village to bring about changes in the lives of the girls of her village.  Salaam, Noni Appa is about sixty-eight year old Noni Appa who finds a different kind of love that makes her question about all her life’s efforts spent in maintaining her status. If the Weather Permits is about an eccentric independent young woman who marries five times and her queer experiences in her marriage & Last but not the least, The 4th story is based upon “The Sanitary Man From A Sacred Land” is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham.

Twinkle Khanna's "The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad" - Book Launch
Twinkle Khanna at the launch

The theme of this book is feminism and about breaking stereotypes. In this book each character breaks a stereotype and comes to the forefront. Salaam, Noni Appa was a little bit stretched and The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad ended with a spirit of goodwill. The simplistic style of writing makes it a perfect read up for me. This book is recommended to readers of all age.

What Khanna does get right is her tone! There’s also a feel of promise in the characters she has built. For a first-time collection of fiction though, it’s a good effort. Although her trademark wit is missing in this collection of stories. Khanna has touched a chord with the feelings that every woman at some point in her life surely feels. I’m sure that you’ll be tickled but you’ll also find yourself thinking hard. This book gives feminism a whole new meaning, and also it sets the example of a man who worked hard to bring a change in the way a woman live.