Twinkle Khanna’s latest book couldn’t have come at a better time. With the state 2016 is in at the moment, we could all do with something light-hearted to hold onto. And ‘The Legend of Laxmi Prasad’, a collection of funny yet poignant short stories, will do for now.
Published by Juggernaut, and reportedly topping the charts at the #2 spot at Amazon’s best-seller list, the book was launched at JW Marriot, Mumbai, last evening in an evening full of wit, laughs, and celebrity sightings.
Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Shabana Azmi were called up on stage to read excerpts from the book. Bhatt voiced Laxmi Prasad, the titular character who transformed her village with a revolutionary idea. Kapoor read — without flinching, we might add — about sanitary napkins and the taboo associated with menstruation in the country.
As for the author herself, Twinkle Khanna's rapier-sharp wit was in top form. She shut down questions about being a feminist by pointing out that "journalists ask me if I'm a 'feminist' like they're asking if I'm Satan or a Justin Bieber fan."
The author also revisited her own experiences with constricting social conventions of beauty, calling herself a misfit, "We grow up and we need to conform to society, to fit in. For all the oddballs and misfits out there, if you follow your path you will reach somewhere where no one has reached because you are meant to uniquely do some things which only you can do."
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