Review of the book - 'Pyjamas Are Forgiving' by Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna, the Bollywood actress turned author, is well known for her newspaper columns and books full of human emotions and challenges laced with funny anecdotes. Her latest book Pyjamas Are Forgiving was released in September 2018 and this article presents a critical review of the same.


Twinkle Khanna is well known through her newspaper columns bringing out the society around us in the most impressive and humorous ways. She is well known for her books also which have been the bestsellers and brought out the contemporary as well as social issues in an effective way. Her blunt opinions and responses make her writings having sparks to touch the reader to the heart. Her recent book Pyjamas Are Forgiving is released in Sep 2018 and is again on the top of the best selling books as well as being critically reviewed in the media.

Earlier Twinkle Khanna was an actress in Bollywood film industry and later started writing in newspaper columns which were received by readers enthusiastically and meanwhile her books were also released which were well appreciated by the readers all over India and she became one of the top female writers currently in the country.

The review of the book Pyjamas Are Forgiving is being presented in this article for the benefit of book lovers.

About the Book

The story in the book is narrated by a middle-aged divorcee woman character Anshu. She is remembering and recollecting her days in a spa Shanthamaaya Sthalam located in a tranquil place in Kerala. She is just wandering in her past memories when she was in that spa for a healing retreat for getting her sleep disorders cured and was for a big shock to see her former husband there.

While going through her past she is also remembering her sister and mother and a bit of her father and their relationship and attitude with her. She especially remembers her sister who was so frank and straight with her and never liked her going to such costly spas or health retreats.

Anshu got divorced from her husband Jay about 7 years ago and was still hanging in that bitterness. Jay is now accompanied by his second wife Shalini in the spa. Shalini is young, beautiful and slim and Jay likes her since she was his mistress and he finally left Anshu and married Shalini. Jay's cousin Lalit is also there. There are other people taking some treatment in the spa - Jenna, a foreigner; two Russians who had come here to lose weight; a gay couple Javed and Anil. All these characters are in the storyline but mainly it revolves around Anshu and her predicament.

After the marriage with Jay, Anshu found that Jay was always mocking her and her ways. Anshu somehow adjusted with him with all his chauvinism but Jay cheated her and deserted her for another woman Shalini. Anshu is sore about that but the story turns a bit difficult when Anshu forgets all the cheating of her husband and somehow again falls for him and starts having the renewed affair with him. It is strange and the reader feels if it was some form of revenge. With whom? With Shalini?

The writer has tried to show the female feelings and emotions through Anshu. Anshu's behaviour with Jay in the spa may look ridiculous but it was what was hidden inside Anshu. Anshu is finding her ex-husband as a new lover. Her strong character otherwise comes out when she opposes the abusing of the lone lady Jenna by Lalit.

The story is interesting and full of human sentiments and emotions and the inherent lust of males and their chauvinistic attitude is well presented. Some readers may find a few weak links also in the story or some parts which are not relevant to the main story but it is the author's vision to make the backstage and background in the intended fashion for the desired effects on the readers. There is also the use of some taboo words in the book and sexual orientations are also represented by lewd remarks and glances but that appears to be the need of the satire.

About the Author

Twinkle Khanna is a former film actress and now a famous author who is well known for her newspapers columns presenting on contemporary issues with funny and hilarious ingredients. During her film actress career, she worked in many films against many Bollywood heroes and had a good performance in the films. She is the daughter of famous actor Rajesh Khanna and actress Dimple Kapadia and was born on 29th Dec 1974. She is married to famous Bollywood star Akshay Khanna.

Twinkle Khanna also produces pictures and is the co-founder of the production company known as Grazing Goat Pictures. One of her film Pad Man was well appreciated for its unique subject of taboo around menstruation.

Twinkle Khanna is a versatile personality and after her film acting career she ventured in interior designing and learned the skills with an architect. Her first book Mrs Funnybones sold over one lakh copies and she was adjudged as India's highest selling female writer of the year 2015. She got Crossword Book Award of 2016 for this book. In the same year, she also got Outlook Award for the most inspiring woman of the year.

She has attended the Women's Entrepreneurship Day in New York as an eminent panel member, has appeared in BBC programs and has been adjudged as the Visionary woman of India by Hello! India magazine. She is the Indian brand ambassador for L'Oreal company.

Her recent book Pyjamas Are Forgiving was released in Sep 2018 and is on the all India best selling list.


The writings of Twinkle Khanna are very enjoyable and have an inherent humour in that but with a serious note. Those who are interested in reading such books, Pyjamas Are Forgiving is a must read book with its all-out effort to highlight the issues with wit and emotions.


Author: Neeru Bhatt15 Nov 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

I am regularly reading the newspaper column by Twinkle Khanna and much amused by her humourous but serious ways of pointing out the things going around.

The book under review seems to be a deviation from her favourite writings and has taken up an entirely new issue highlighting the sensitivity of a woman towards her past husband. Anyway, the review has definitely evoked my interest to go through the book.

Guest Author: Deepshikha16 Jun 2020

I like Twinkle Khanna and her wit. Though writing is the second career she has taken up, she is doing well. She is an intelligent and inquisitive person and writes about things she sees around her.
After reading this review, I am excited to read this book of hers. I have not read any of her writings so far so this is going to be my first book by her. Let's see how it goes.

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