The Diary Of A Social Butterfly

The Diary Of A Social Butterfly

Moni Mohsin / Jan 24, 2020

The Diary Of A Social Butterfly This is the hugely entertaining journal of a socialite in Lahore Pakistan may be making headlines but Butterfly is set to conquer the world Everyone knows me All of Lahore all of Karachi all of Islo

  • Title: The Diary Of A Social Butterfly
  • Author: Moni Mohsin
  • ISBN: 9788184000535
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the hugely entertaining journal of a socialite in Lahore Pakistan may be making headlines but Butterfly is set to conquer the world Everyone knows me All of Lahore, all of Karachi, all of Isloo oho, baba, Islamabad half of Dubai, half of London and all of Khan Market and all the nice, nice bearers in Imperial Hotel alsoNo ball, no party, no dinner, noThis is the hugely entertaining journal of a socialite in Lahore Pakistan may be making headlines but Butterfly is set to conquer the world Everyone knows me All of Lahore, all of Karachi, all of Isloo oho, baba, Islamabad half of Dubai, half of London and all of Khan Market and all the nice, nice bearers in Imperial Hotel alsoNo ball, no party, no dinner, no coffee morning, no funeral, no GT Get Together, baba is complete without me Meet Butterfly, Pakistan s most lovable, silly, socialite An avid party goer, inspired mis speller, and unwittingly acute observer of Pakistani high society, Butterfly is a woman like no other In her world, SMS becomes S M and people eat three tiara cakes while shunning do number ka maal What cheeks as she would say As her country faces tribulations from 9 11 to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto Butterfly glides through her world, unfazed, untouched, and stopped short only by the chip in her manicure Wicked, irreverent and hugely entertaining, The Diary of a Social Butterfly gives you a delicious glimpse into the parallel universe of the have musts.

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      • Moni Mohsin

        Mohsin grew up in Lahore, and describes herself as being from a family of educated, westernised people When General Zia ul Haq came to power in a coup in 1977, her family began to feel less comfortable in the new, religious Pakistan, where political repression against nonconformists became routine, but remained in Lahore Mohsin left Pakistan at 16 to study at a boarding school in England, and later attended Cambridge University, where she studied anthropology and archaeology Afterward she returned to Pakistan, where she founded the country s first nature magazine After General Zia s death she moved decisively into the public sphere, working for the independent Friday Times , where she rose to the ranks of features editor.Her books include The End of Innocence , her debut novel Tender Hooks AKA Duty Free , and The Diary of a Social Butterfly Her writing has also appeared in The Times , The Guardian , the Washington Post , Prospect , The Nation , and other publications.She now divides her time between Lahore and London, where she lives with her husband and two children Her sister, Jugnu Mohsin, is the publisher of The Friday Times , an independent Pakistani weekly 1


    194 Comments

    1. In the words of the Social Butterfly(yes, there can be only one of her kind)"Oh baba!Such a tabahi book!I tau just loved it!"


    2. This is the first book I read from this author and it made me seek out her earlier book 'The End of Innocence' which is a very different one from the book I'm currently going to talk about. I was hoping it would be kind of the same and was a bit disappointed to note that it was more of the serious types (I don't know why!) but glad the author came up with a sequel to this fabulous read.'The Diary of a social butterfly' by Moni Mohsin, one of Pakistan's most celebrated columnists is a humorous sa [...]


    3. As a Pakistani myself, I found this novel absolutely hilarious. Butterfly's writing style, her view of the world and other people's view regarding her had me laughing from beginning to end. There were a couple of things I didn't exactly agree with (I remember this feeling, but I can't remember what those things were) but otherwise I had good fun while reading this.


    4. "The Diary of A Social Butterfly" is the first book I've read from the author, Moni Mohsin.The extracts of this book come from the author's famous column on The Friday Times that gained immense popularity among the readers and made Moni turn into a book. The protagonist of the book "Butterfly" is a silly, insensible and inane socialite based in Lahore who not only loves to eat her husband's head but also gleefully raves and rants about different geo-political situations of her country. Take her [...]


    5. The main attraction of this book is the main protagonist 'Butterfly' and of course, her typical wanna-be aunties walli angrezi language. When I started this book, I was sitting in my university's library and I had to move out since I could not control my frequent bursts of laughter at her 'incorrect' English and her 'anyone who's anyone'and her general use of those silly yet somehow cool words that you want to repeat yourself. As Mohsin said her self, the book is light but not shallow and highli [...]



    6. What the hell is this book? I was suggested this one as an anecdote to a very intense one I was reading. I started it but I can't bring myself to read any further than one and a half entire of this diary. JUST NO. Why couldn't you he author stick to one language? And I realise that all errors in spelling and grammar are deliberate but they are huge turn off. I believe this will be the first book I leave unfinished in 2017.


    7. Cant believe how i even read this book.The protagonist is an insensible character based in Pakistani high society. The biggest flaw of this book is that there is no plot and story. Can't see how it can appeal even a Lahore based Pakistani. A big No from my side.


    8. What a suprise! The first book by the author. I needed something lighter after the Indian Summer and this fit the bill. Very light, yes, highly entertaining, yes, but still somehow more than just some frivolous pakistani chick lit. And I have to admire the writer's ability to write wrong. In the afterword she wrote that really she has heard the expressions used and sometimes I can see them spoken in my head (I did live in India for a while) and they seem "true". And few of the styles of expressi [...]




    9. I was torn in the beginning of how I felt about the book. I suppose even while I was in Pakistan, I never really knew what the upper class really was like, so at first the book seemed over exaggerated. Wouldn't women with money be at least decently educated and had interests other than "socialist-events"? But as I read the book, I suppose somewhere it clicked through in my head, and I think I was a lot more convinced after the reading the author's afterwords too. Though I suppose, I'm not so rea [...]


    10. This book was gifted to me by a friend on my 18th birthday and it remains one of the wittiest books I have read since. Of course, when I first read it I was too young to really grasp the double entendres, puns and innuendos but a second reading one summer after college had me gasping for breath in new ways when I finally understood references like Uncle Cock-Up and Aunty Pussy. This book provides me with entertainment each time I read it and has served as a good means of bonding with my mum. Mon [...]


    11. I don't know where to start with this book, I thought to begin with it was badly translated, as some words are really used out of context. But the afterword is written in plain English. This book in places was just plain ridiculous. It's amazing to think that some people live like this. Taking money off thier children and family members to buy designer clothes, shoes and make up!! Towards the end butterfly begins to see what's going on around her in the world but still lives a high life. This wa [...]


    12. FAVEEEE current series! ❤️ Reading Moni Mohsin's books make me so happy. Perfect for people looking for a light read or aren't fans of reading/finishing a book. I've the other two books in the series so I found few of the moments as repetitive like Jonker's girl hunt and trip to London. After reading the penultimate, I've deduced that the subject matter, although intriguing, seems to become bland after some time so I don't think another book should be released but I'd still love one (Contrad [...]


    13. The author communicates to the readers at two different levels firstly portraying the geo-political history of the world (and Pakistan) during the critical period of 2001 till 2008 and secondly presenting the 'vain' outlook of a typical subcontinent socialite and the ppl around her ! Although it is a collection of Moni's (much loved) column from TFT the book in totality is a interesting (but a bit draggy after the point) read!


    14. If you don't speak Urdu, it might be helpful to keep Google Translate at the ready; in this prequel to "Duty Free", Butterfly tends to lapse into entire sentences of it, much more than she did in the next novel. Additionally, Butterfly's character isn't yet developed to the point of hilarity as she is in DF. You don't need to read this one first to enjoy "Duty Free", so you may choose to bypass this one, but this does have its worthwhile moments.


    15. Each chapter by itself is quite funny especially if are sort of familiar with Lahore/Delhi.But it gets quite boring if you read it in one shot.This is ideally to be read like a newspaper column - a few hundred words each week.To the author's credit - it takes some skill to consistently write wrong!


    16. These social butterflies are everywhere. Such an honest depiction on what goes on in their lives when practically the whole world is falling apart! I do feel very sorry for Janoo though who has to put up with the butterfly's amazing knowledge of almost everything that isn't Jimmy Choo or Chanel or Dubai for that matter. What a tabahi entertaining book!!





    17. Massacre of English at the hands of a Desi affluent Lahori Auntie to suit sketching her social scene, I will return to it in a bit as this is beyond ordinary and deserves some space, rather an academic investigation!The continuous encounters between two antithetical characters Butterfly a shallow, pretentious (ڈرامے باز) party postulant and her husband, Janoo—a sane, sedate, Oxford graduate, intensifies presence of one another. There is no coherent plot in the novel instead appearance [...]


    18. This would be a brilliant audio book, read by a South Asian comic actor, but as a print book I found it too hard to be sure that I was getting it. The humour depends on occasional lapses from English into – I’m guessing – Punjabi and/or Urdu, with malapropisms that, for all I know, span languages. For example: And then there’s Jonkers’ new crush: Miss Shumaila, his secretary, ek number ki chaaloo cheez. The way she phussaoed Jonkers is nobody’s business. Appearing so naik and shareee [...]




    19. Let me start with the basics, the book is inspired from the collection of author's own columns written for Pakistan's national weekly, The Friday Times. It is in the form of a journal written during a crucial period in Pakistan history from 2001-2008 as the country faces tribulations - from 9/11 to the tsunami to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Here we meet Butterfly, Pakistan's most lovable but silly socialite. An avid party goer, inspired misspeller and unwittingly acute observer of Pakis [...]


    20. O how irritating the Butterfly is!I know she's meant to be - and I really know that I not a target reader for this sort of book - but it's just parties/sharties, GTs, planning for ludicrous expenditure at her poor son's wedding and Balls at the Sindh Club - over and over and over (and over) again.The ticker tape news is a great idea (Janoo hogging the TV during 9/11), but under-used, I thought.I kept reading as the back of the book suggested there would be some sort of revelatory change towards [...]


    21. What an exceptional read! "I tau just loved it" :DLeft me laughing in fits when i was literally in depression cause of workload! :D Highly recommended if you're teeny bit interested in the usual politics, elite communion, and English language.


    22. So it took me almost a year to finish this book despite of the fact that it's not that long and shouldn't have taken me more than 3 days at max to finish.Why it took me so long? Because it's too monotonous. Butterfly remains butterfly throughout the 226 pages. Her vocabulary does make you laugh initially but then you get bored of it. Or atleast I did. The only reason I picked it up again after almost a year was that I can't just leave a book unfinished like this and because I needed a bit of lig [...]


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