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Twinkle Khanna’s sarcastic take on Karva Chauth leaves Twitterati in a split

True to her Mrs Funnybones persona, Twinkle Khanna takes a jibe at the practice of Karva Chauth, leaving Twitterati divided in their reaction.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2016 1:39 am
twinklekhanna-kc-tweet_759 While tweet – dripping in sarcasm as it was – was met with much laughter, there were some who didn’t take to the tone too kindly. (Source: Indian Express file photo)

Twinkle Khanna, aka Mrs Funnybones is not only a delight in her books, but on Twitter – the lady is a riot. She has a sense of humour that’s hard to dislike, and an astute mind that makes it pretty tough to counter her. Even her husband, actor Akshay Khanna, doesn’t try messing with his lady!

So, it’s isn’t really surprising that as much of the country had heated debates over the relevance and irreverence of the ‘festival’ of Karva Chauth, Twinkle Khanna had a quip that would not only make you laugh out loud, but also be loaded with strong logic from a modern Indian woman. Especially since that very woman had written a delightful account of observing Karva Chauth in her book Mrs Funnybones, as she woke up at the ungodly hour of 5am to gulp down sergi to looking for the moon (which, according to many on social media was quite difficult to spot in NCR this time) at 9pm — husband in tow.

While memes and hashtags with the sentiment ‘down with the most patriarchal festival ever’ ferociously competing with ‘happy Karva Chauth’, this year, Mrs Funnybones — who is all set to release her second book in November — tweeted: “These days by 40 u could be on the way to your 2nd marriage so what’s the point of fasting-don’t need the men to last that long anymore:)”.


While the tweet – dripping in sarcasm as it was – was met with much laughter, there were some who didn’t take to the tone too kindly. They questioned her love for her husband’s life and others took potshots at her acting skills. One Twitter user — AK-47 (@AmitKhemka1982) — had a rather amusing question: “what if it works out n he died coz u didn’t fast ….optimism n positive thinking missing”.


In her inimitable style, Khanna responded, “That is a possibility-so I checked longevity records-100 countries where men without anyone fasting for them live longer than Indian men:)”.


Now, mind you, keeping a track of life longevity records isn’t alien to the actress-turned-author, who had – in a bid to justify the practice of Karva Chauth to herself last year – checked to see where the Indian man ranked. “I scan the list, confident that in this chart of life expectancy, the Indian man must definitely be in the top 5. Nope! There are 146 countries above us where the men have longer lifespans, and the biggest blow is that even with four wives who don’t fast for them, the Arab men outlive our good old Indian dudes”, she’d written in her debut book.

Someone even tweeted it out:


Well, since then India seems to have fared better (she said 100 and not 146 this time) — because of fasting or not, who knows! But Khanna’s response definitely deserved a round of applause. Nevertheless, Netizens are not ones to buckle easily, and here are some of the tweets directed at her, starting with:


But there were many who laughed with her as well:


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