‘Reading makes you understand how others are smarter’ :

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Her debut book Mrs Funnybones: Shes Just Like You and a Lot Like Me gave readers a glimpse into how she has a knack of finding humour in everyday happenings. Now out with her second book titled The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad, actress Twinkle Khanna says an element of truth is a must for humour to be truly funny.

Asked what it takes for her to be humorous, Twinkle said, “Humour has to have a huge nugget of truth to be funny. You cannot laugh at something unbelievable. Whenever I say something on a lighter note, I am basically unwrapping the truth from a different perspective, and that makes it funny.” Popular as ‘Mrs Funnybones’ courtesy her column, Twitter handle and book, Twinkle is the daughter of Hindi cinema’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna and veteran actress Dimple Kapadia. She followed into her parents’ footsteps to face the camera, but did not make it big. However, she used her creative juices to establish herself as an interior designer of repute. But writing is something that seems to come naturally to her.

“Though my new book is a work of fiction, I met many people in real life and some of the characters stayed with me. With time, I nurtured them in my mind and finally wrote them in the book,”she explained. The book comprises four stories showing different of society of different time and era — The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad (set in 1920), Salaam, Noni Appa (late 1980s), If the weather Permits (present time) and The Sanitary Man from the Sacred Land (1990). A fan girl of P.G. Wodehouse and the science-fiction genre, Twinkle believes that reading is the only way to acquire, develop and form new ideas. She also feels the reading culture is getting revived.

“I think there is a revival of readers. We all grew up reading books as that was a part of our culture. However, in between, people lost interest in reading. Now they have realised what they are missing out by not reading books,” she said. Twinkle said it always helps to be honest to your own self. “The gratifying part of my journey is no one calls me a star child or a superstar’s wife anymore. I think you have to be pragmatic in life and brutally honest with yourself. We all are here to do something and it is important to understand our potential first.”

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