Diary of a Social Butterfly
Myself, I am tau very interested in Pakistani writers baba, so I will read their books. I just finished reading Moni Mohsin’s – haw, you don’t know her? She’s this Pakistani journalist whose book character started out as a newspaper column na! – Diary of a Social Butterfly.
What a tabahi character, I tell you! Typical Pakistani high society types, wearing Jimmy Shoos and carrying Goochy bags and showing off big big 30 carrot diamond earrings and all. More shallow than the Indus River in India, and more brainless than an empty vessel baba. I tau didn’t like her in the Diary of a Social Butterfly because she was a little cheap si, you know, in how she came across as being sophisty but actually being quite blondie. But as I continued to reed, she grew on me like the Saas Bahu serials.
Every Pakistani author I have red always focuses on class divide. I wonder, is it really that bad in Pakistan? In India tau class divide is there only, but nobody brings it out so much, unlike Pakistani authors who bring out that divide so strong se. In Diary of a Butterfly, there is nice juxta position of political scenery against Butterfly’s party-hopping life, where her friends and family na, they take turns being back stabbers and snooty types and sleeve ka snake. Haw, you don’t know what sleeve ka snake is? Aasteen ka saanp, baba, like Butterfly keeps saying. The book sets the contest for Butterfly’s character – oho, not character like self things, character like main person. We know that she comes from a good bagground, loves money and is very worried about losing it, hates her Janoo’s relatives, misspells words badly, and always wants to be more sophisty than her friends. While her husband Janoo is an Oxen (oho, Oxford pass baba!) and interesting in zinda laash, bore sa BBC and politics, Butterfly is the complete opposite. In fact, in the first book, she tau comes a cross as quiet saarhi baba.
Butterfly herself is so caught up in her high society life that she doesn’t recover, sorry sorry, discover herself till Tender Hooks book.
I tau think it is an interesting read ji. It is so funny in some some places, satanical, oh sorry, satirical, well-writed and not bore sa. From 2003 to 2008, all events that inpact Pakistan are covered through Butterfly’s Ladro mascara-d eyes. You will get good good insites into Pakistani A-list lives, what they are concerns are and how shifts in culutural baggrounds affect them. What, you’re still here? Haw, go pick up the book and read na, instead of sitting and staring at this review like a Paindu Pastry!
This post was submitted by Nabila Tazyeen.