Book Title: The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad
Author: Twinkle Khanna
The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna: Book Review
Missed the morning train from Jodhpur to Jaipur last weekend and the next train was in the evening. Had bought The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad book by Twinkle Khanna a couple of months ago and it was in my reading list. So, decided to pick it up.
I thought it was a novel until I finished reading the first chapter of the book. It’s not a novel but a book of short stories. I don’t know if it will be right to even call it a book of short stories, because there are three stories and one long story.
It is an around 250-pages book, of which around 100 includes three short stories and then the remaining pages include a single story. The title doesn’t justify the book, as The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is the title of the first short story, which is around 30 pages long. So, the book title is based on only the first story itself.
The main story
The first short story is by far the best story of the book that talks about a typical Indian village where girls are considered just a burden. Things go wrong with the sister of the main character named Lakshmi. Lakshmi is a young girl whose sister comes back home from her in-laws at the time of pregnancy. When she gives birth to a girl, her in-laws steer clear of her, saying that she was not pregnant when left home.
Her father decides to sell his field and give money to the in-laws but Lakshmi stops him from doing this. She spends the night awake to find the solution to this issue of girls being the burden on their families. She comes up with an idea and announces it to the oldest man in the village who looks convinced. That idea changes everything and this becomes a village where women become as respectful as men.
The second story is of an old lady named Noni Appa and her yoga teacher Anand Ji, who adore each other. This one is also a good story. The third one seemed a little senseless to me. And the last one is a well-known one today— The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land. The Bollywood movie Padman is based on the fourth story of the Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.
Out of the four stories, only two looked really good to me and I enjoyed reading these. Twinkle Khanna has written two books till date, and I’m yet to read her first one. She has got an excellent writing style. The choice of words was also good. Twinkle Khanna has also taken care of the improved readability so that readers don’t feel as if they have a long book to read.
My favorite lines from the book (The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad quotes)
- “Life is but a play of chance in the game of choice.”
- “Things have a way of turning up when they want to be found, though they may not always be the things you actually want to find.”
- “I classify people into three categories, uneducated, a little educated and surplus educated. A little educated man like me has done this. Surplus educated people, what are you going to do for society?”
- “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”
- “A man can hear as much music as he pleases in his head but you can only accuse him of disturbing the peace if he plays the record out loud.”
Looking to buy this book? Here is the link- Amazon