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British Pakistani writer Moni Mohsin, author of the historically and hysterically humorous The Diary of a Social Butterfly, is back with a new book. She opens up in depth about her latest satirical novel, described to be full of ‘meticulous detailing and insightful wit’ by writer/columnist Twinkle Khanna – to writer Namita Devidayal.
Log in on January 2 to meet Moni’s heroine about whom writer Kamila Shamsie says, ‘Ruby R is very much a protagonist for our troubled times.’
Part of the WorldLit series in collaboration with Bangalore Literature Festival
Moni Mohsin was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She started her writing career at The Friday Times, Pakistan’s first independent weekly, where she served as the Features Editor. She is now a freelance journalist who has written for, among others, The Guardian, 1843, Prospect Magazine, The Nation, The Times of India, India Today, Vogue India and Nikkei Asian Review. She is the author of two novels, the prize winning The End of Innocence and Duty Free. Her best selling collections of satirical columns, The Diary of a Social Butterfly and Return of the Butterfly, are based on her long running column for The Friday Times. She is married with two children and lives between London and Lahore.
Kamila Shamsie has called her “one of the sharpest and funniest satirists writing anywhere in the world today.’
While Neel Mukherjee had the following to say of The Diary of a Social Butterfly: ‘The book is being talked of as a kind of subcontinental Bridget Jones’s Diary but Mohsin’s extraordinary achievement in exploiting the contrapuntal irony in the gap between the private and the public gives it a political depth that aligns it more to Rushdie’s Shame. This is a wildly entertaining book but, beware, it also bites.’
Namita Devidayal has written three books — an award-winning memoir ‘The Music Room’ (which Mick Jagger described as the best book he has read on music), an imagined biography ‘The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan’ and a novel ‘Aftertaste’. A graduate of Princeton University, she has been a senior journalist with The Times of India and was co-director of the Times Litfest in Mumbai.