The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

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First edition (publ. Juggernaut Books)

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad is a collection of four stories on feminism written by the Indian newspaper columnist, film producer, film actress and interior designer Twinkle Khanna. The book was published on 7 November 2016 by Juggernaut Books. It contains four stories: "The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad", "Salam, Noni Appa", "If the Weather Permits", and "The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land".


Story one is “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad” which speaks about a girl who changes her village with her Idea. The story speaks about the society’s view on young girls.

Story two is “Salam, Noni Appa”. It is about relationship and finding love in old age. It does speak about the wish of our heart is important than the society.

Story three “If the weather permits” is about women’s marriage. The story clearly states marry a woman only she is of perfect age irrespective of her wish or the society.

Story four “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land” is about a man who produces sanitary napkins for low cost. It is based on the true story of Tamil Nadu activist Arunachalam Muruganantham. In 2018, it has been made into a movie, Pad Man, directed by R. Balki and starring Akshay Kumar, telling how the sanitary man makes sanitary pads for his wife and solved the whole village menstrual problems at low cost.


The book was launched by Twinkle Khanna and her friend Karan Johar in an event hosted by themselves. Twinkle Khanna explained that her book is about feminism and the taboos of society. Twinkle Khanna said in an interview “I would say: People are reading many many bad books in large numbers, so read my book because it’s good!"[1]


The Times of India's reviewer opined that "the book is a neat slice of life and we shall savour it till the end".[2] Hindustan Times took notice of the "sensitive, humorous and eminently readable stories".[3] Critic from The Hindu remarked that the book was "sprinkled with fine wit and represent great cultural commentary."[4] It reached second place in Amazon's pre-release list and several filmmakers contacted her to gain its film rights.[5]

Khanna won the India Today Woman Writer of the Year 2017 and Bangalore Literature Festival—Popular Choice Award for this book.[6][7] The collection sold more than 1,00,000 copies within the first year of its release.[8] The Salaam Noni Appa story was adapted into a play with Lillete Dubey in the lead and The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land led to a film Pad Man, in which Khanna's husband Akshay Kumar plays the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham.[9]


  1. ^ "Twinkle Khanna On The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad". Verve Magazine. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  2. ^ "Review: The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  3. ^ Khanna, Twinkle (12 November 2016). "The story of a marriage… or two: Excerpt from Twinkle Khanna's new book". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Reading Room: New book titles to look forward to this week". The Hindu. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ Singh, Prashant (10 December 2016). "Everybody in Bollywood wants to read Twinkle Khanna's new book". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ Abrol, Somya (24 March 2017). "India Today Woman Summit 2017: Women achievers take centre stage". India Today. Living Media. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Twinkle Khanna bags Popular Choice Award at Bangalore Lit Fest". The Indian Express. Mumbai: Indian Express Limited. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ Sangghvi, Malavika (3 August 2017). "Twinkle Khanna's The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad Crosses 1lakh Sales Mark". Mid Day. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Twinkle Khanna's short story from second book will be adapted into a play starring Lillette Dubey". Firstpost. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.