Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna says her funny side was a revelation for many. The 42-year-old writer, who was at Spring fever 2016, said her funny bone was something which developed as a “defense mechanism”.
“I think me being funny was more of a defense mechanism. I was very fat, my name is ‘Twinkle’. I was teased mercilessly and I had to give it back. So, I gave it back with my tongue. I always say we try to make our kids perfect, but actually it’s the imperfection that make you what you are,” Twinkle said.
Now a columnist in two leading newspapers, the mother of two said after growing up she was completely out of touch with writing. The opportunity to write in paper brought out the writer, who was subdued somewhere inside her.
Apart from being an author with sharp sense of humour, Twinkle is also an avid reader and considers this habit of hers as the main motivation.
“One has to be a reader to be a writer. I don’t understand how some people manage to write so many books without even reading any. I was very young when I started reading science fiction. My reading is a little old fashioned. I read Philip K Dick, F Scott Fitzgerald and PG Wodehouse, a lot of influence of which can be seen in my writing,” she said.
The former actress said she doesn’t think there is a reason for not reading and losing on the advantage of having so many wise voices and considers it as one of her greatest strength.
After the success of her first book, Twinkle has already started working on her next. However, she makes it clear that her new piece will be completely different from “Mrs Funnybones”.
“I have already started working on my next book. It is going to take some time. It will definitely not be ‘Mrs Funnybones’ part two. It will be the easiest thing I could do, but I like taking challenges, tumble and stumble and fall. I am set for a bigger challenge.”