Twinkle Khanna sets her story in the midst of an expensive and much constraint environment of the chic Ayurvedic spa- Shanthamaaya Sthalam, in Kerala, sprawled in 14 acres of land. Interestingly, the standard way of combating most problems here is, by way of drinking generous amount of ghee followed by bowel cleansing and other required treatments from case to case. The inmates are given pyjama suits as their dress and observe a strict regime of unappealing sparse food.
The spa has clients from diverse backgrounds where everyone is bonded with each other automatically in a varied degree. Anshu, the middle aged protagonist, a divorcee, from Mumbai is a businesswoman and is a biennial client. She is here on a four weeks healing program to get cured for her sleep disorder and body rejuvenation. She finds solace in the expert and efficient hands of Dr. Menon. While she is relaxed in the known territory the coming of her ex-husband, Jay, with his current sexy and low wit wife, Shalini on the premises `plagues her, but she mentally reconciles to face the situation. The story revolves around the conflict of well-constructed emotions. As much the name and the plot is captivating, the connect is loose. The presence of an interesting gay couple is intriguing, but is incomplete and fails to charm the readers. It is also hard to absorb the personality of the foreign girl, Jenna, defenceless in a safe location succumbed to the lust of lecherous Lalit; showcasing a stereotype universal fact of men’s idiosyncrasies, but then perhaps the character evokes the need to eradicate such aggressive masculine pride. While the author extends her vast knowledge of metaphors and impeccable language, her well propounded witticism too fails to grip the spirit of the reader despite a strong subject.
Twinkle is herself a voice of feminism yet her female woven characters have fine streaks of vulnerability. Anshu’s affair with her ex-husband is now a revenge with his current wife. Her complex about her body and beauty over Shalini is a fine sketch of undue thoughts of age over youth. The subject is insightful but the connecting dots seem to be missing. It is Anshu’s acuity and conflict of emotions that draws substantial interest. The sparse depiction of her ostentatious Punjabi mother and sister’s fuss over her being in Ayurvedic spa is hilarious. They are at times annoying but are constantly worried for her happiness. Her sister thinks a Botox shot could work wonders on her than this holistic therapy.
However, with the author’s name, fame and eloquent flow of words, the quaint combination of personality traits in an intelligent woman and her opportunist ex-husband is a justifying read to know why pyjamas are forgiving.
Publisher- Juggernaut Books