“The author should be sued for false advertising on account of the title of the book…because it IS funny.” This is what Papa CJ had to say about Prankur Arora’s debut book titled “It’s Not Funny.”
It’s Not Funny is a collection of comedic short stories that aims to first make you laugh and then make you wonder. From stories about the paranormal and vampires to the everyday tales of 2 roommates and a man’s urge to control his bladder, there is something in it for everyone. The stories manage the tricky feat of being biting without being mean. Often, the author’s targets are the society and his characters are universal archetypes- teenagers, an old couple with regrets, an optimist- rather than individuals.
The author is a 23-year-old entrepreneur and as the back cover of his book says, he still freeloads on his parents. On being asked what pushed him to choose such a premise and what the writing process was like, Prankur promptly replied, “I wanted to start with non-fiction. I’ve been greatly inspired by the writing style of David Sedaris and wanted to emulate him. But I figured I’ll have to cultivate an audience and probably incentivize them to read a collection of essays by me.”
“And the elements of irony and satire always seemed like nice tools to put forth the ideas that I wanted to. I wanted to write a book that didn’t have a theme as such. I thought that’d be fun. But the themes that kept coming up were synonymous with a desire for perfection.
And I think it’s probably the highest spiritual thing that we can be selfish about and feel and so a lot of characters in these stories feel that they are very close to achieving that- be it true love or even a nice washroom to pee in. If only they could change just one detail and often it’s comically a very small detail. But if only they could change that one detail, they would have it and they’d be happy, ” he explained.
Prankur Arora has just completed his studies from Kirori Mal College of Delhi University in economic. Published by PepperScript, his book was launched at the New Delhi World Book Fair on January 7, 2018, & it has garnered glowing testimonials from the likes of Biswapati Sarkar and Rohini Lall. It has some very positive reviews on Amazon as well. Be sure to check it out, for it is a work of unconventional comic delight.