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The Diary Of A Social Butterfly

1924 words - 8 pages

Moni Mohsin is a famous columnist and a freelance writer who originally belongs to Lahore, Pakistan. Her current writings are published by several renowned publications, one even owned by her own sister here in Pakistan, Jugnu Mohsin, called ‘Friday Times’, and others being; The Guardian, The Nation, The times of India, and The New York Times (Emirateslitfest). Her first two novels, The End of Innocence and Duty Free, are both prize winning pieces of work (Emirateslitfest). The former novel is based on a sensitive and astounding story centered in west Punjab during the unstable times of Pakistan during the 1970’s (Mukherjee), while latter is more of a satirical and humorous writing based on a woman who helps her cousin to find him a suitable wife (Mohsin, Google books). Moni belongs to a liberal and educated family background. During the General Zia-ul-Haq's dictatorship, as the political and social environment became a bit religiously extreme, she and her family felt uneasy during that time (Lau). This might be the reason why she has critiqued in so much depth over the Pakistan’s politics and Pakistan’s elite class, in her journal- The Diary of a Social Butterfly. The journal is satirical commentary through the perspective of a socialite. It is filled with humor, tongue in cheek tone and wit which gives the reader fits of laughter. Moni has maintained periodicity while presenting the real events that occurred from 2000 to 2008. Most prominent thing about this writing is the malapropistic voice of the protagonist which maintains the humor even while presenting the sad and awful events in the journal. Also there is use of both English and Urdu language which makes the writing unique and interesting. However in her writing the author has blatantly critiqued the Pakistani politics without evidence or knowledge, and also has portrayed an overly exaggerated frivolous character of Butterfly, and the use of Urdu is a problem for the readers who only speak English language.

Basically the journal is a diary written by a ‘Lahori’ socialite Butterfly khan who gives the picture of the world as seen by the elite class. She is indifferent to the turmoil and the unstable events occurring around her, and is only concerned about the get together's (‘GT’s’), parties, shopping and travels. In the particular parts of the diary provided for critique, the protagonist writes about May 2007, June 2007 and July 2007 of her life. In May, she participates in the anti-extremist rally against the Lal Masjid student threats where it becomes visible that she is self-centered and is indifferent to current bad events. During June, the argument between Butterfly and her friend reveals the jealousy and competition between them. In July, her cousin Jonker’s becomes trapped in a frightening situation during his travel to Karachi in the days of violence, here butterfly’s aversion towards the political parties and leaders is seen. The audience for this journal is very wide but the...

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