Pyjamas are forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

I picked up the book, Pyjamas are forgiving by Twinkle Khanna, as I was a bit intrigued by the name. and to be honest, I did not even read the blurb of the book, so what I got was a surprise, because I thought that this book would be something like Mrs Funnyones, but I am happy to say that it is different.

The blurb:

There sitting on that porch, that light-eyed man, a pitta like me, was my ex-husband and that woman whose inner element I was unaware of, unless bitch is accepted as an undiscovered fourth dosha, was his young wife.

In the serene sanctuary of Kerala’s Shanthamaaya spa where food is rationed, sex forbidden and emotions centred, Anshu meets someone familiar and deeply unsettling – her ex-husband. Bittersweet, funny and wise, Pyjamas Are Forgiving confirms Twinkle Khanna as one of our great storytellers.

The story:

Anshu, a resident of Mumbai, a divorcee, is on her biennial trip to Kerala, for a four week Ayurvedic vacation, to a place to which she was introduced by her aunt, the Shanthamaaya spa. She is suffering from sleep problems. Her mother and sister don’t like her taking this Ayurvedic vacation but cannot stop her.

Here Anshu comes face to face with her ex-husband and his new wife. Initially, she is shocked and contemplates running away, but then she decides to see it through.

My take:

There are many characters and the story revolves around all of them and the Shaanthamaya Spa. But it has been written in first person from the point of view of Anshu.

The author has described in detail, the daily routine of the Ayurvedic spa along with its diet and various treatments. Initially, I was drawn into the spa and was contemplating going to one myself, but the detailed descriptions of the various treatments made me move back.

The language is simple and there are funny moments, and sometimes, the humour is so subtle that I had to make an effort to understand. The story has a multitude of emotions, like love, lust, jealousy, friendship, sibling love.

At the end I was left wanting more.

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