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Tender Hooks

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Ally uite a lot of material in the novel about politics and the UK publisher is Random House literary iction Imprint Chatto Windus Over Here Chatto Windus over here looks like the book s aimed at readers who approach it the way I did a beach read with a current affairs angleIt s very loosely based on Emma a little so on Clueless but there are enough differences that that s airly irrelevant Malika is a wealthy married airhead snob in her late thirties She s been tasked with inding a new bride or her recently divorced accountant cousin Jonkers by his mother the eually shallow Aunty Pussy and the Cousin Has Very Different Ideas About His has very different ideas about his of woman compared with his social climbing soap watching relativesTwo of these our stars come A Fatal Debt: A Novel from the cultural interest in the book though with the caveat that I don t have the knowledge to see just where accuracy stops and comic exaggeration begings Every page has a tickertape of news at the toprom The White Ballets features and human interest often related to the book s themes like Caterers make hay in pre Muharram wedding rush Malika s matchmaking attempts are part of that rush woman divorces manor not dining out daily and Lahoris use over 1 million lowers daily to serious headlines security threat causes plunge in oreign investments 17600 amilies lee as troops backed by warplanes storm south Waziristan in hunt The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College for Al aeda terrorists strike 3 law enforcementacilities in Lahore kill at least 18 And there s a tension between increased westernization and increased conservatism eg custom of arranged marriages eroded by new media age v college imposes ban on jeans after receiving threats Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin from extremistsIt s mostly bad news about Pakistan the wars and terrorism restriction and extreme poverty that people hear about in the west unless they go lookingor or have connections via Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South family or closeriends Tender Hooks shows another side to the country rarely heard of in our mainstream media one that still coexists closely with the news headlines and the book is not afraid to use humour Recent debates about stereotyping in African literature appear to argue that it s something like this which could balance the picture there showing there s to life than conflict and povertyA minor cliche of war reporting and some charity appeals is that many women still care about Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices fashion and beauty and that these items can boost morale one I rememberirst hearing explained during the Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism former Yugoslav conflict in the 90s also an explanation of the accepted Second World Waravourites of lipstick and nylons or Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas fake seams painted on legs It s tempting to see Moni Mohsin s characters in that light But theyeel very confident in their way of life Malika After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry feels like she s being rudely interrupted At the beginning perhaps Malika and heramily perhaps don t have a much greater sense of living in a conflict area than I did in the 80s and 90s when there were sometimes IRA bombs in britain there is some background risk and Britain there is some background risk and lot of worrying but through the book the tension escalates I Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread feelrightened myself going to the bazaar in case some mad weirdo arrives and shoots me Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes for buying westernood like chips or wearing western clothes like pop socks Maybe pop socks underwent some ironic hipster revival when I wasn t looking but oh how differently both these items would be regarded by her western euivalent There is though one incident in which the troubles impinge directly on Malika s world by than hearsay and news view spoilerThe scene was believable written and I could relate to the way she was rightened yet by reflex couldn t help not give things to a mugger it s not ill advised heroism so much as natural instinctive stroppiness hide spoiler. Though even as it makes you cry with laughter it makes you wince at the gulf between our heroine's glitteringly shallow life and the country that is alling apart day by day around her Louboutin clad eet Moni Mohsin already a huge bestseller in India has been hailed as a modern day Jane Austen and compared to Nancy Mitford and Helen Fielding Duty Free is social satire at its biting bes. .
As she goes about her search we ollow her rom lavish weddings *To Kitty Parties To *kitty parties to brutal encounter with a street thief at the market Because the book is written as a series of diary entries I think we also get a peek into the narrator s inner life rom her musing on how to deal with your servants to political upheaval and terrorismI enjoyed Mohsin s writing Although some readers may ind the narrator s lawed English with its malapropisms and political incorrectness distracting it made me laugh And exploring a place and culture that I know little about Lahore Pakistan make me Seven Days, Seven Dinners feel as if I d learned something by the end of the book as well One criticism of the book that many readers have voiced is that the narrator is a tad unlikeable And it s true For much of the book she s materialistic pig headed and seems to only be outor herself But bits of character shine through though overbearing she s clearly devoted to her son and by the end of the book you can sense at least a small shift in her priorities There s nothing worse that a character who doesn t grow and change and that s a mistake Mohsin avoided here Duty Free originally released as Tender Hooks is a ollow up to Moni Mohsin s mistake Mohsin avoided here Duty Free originally released as Tender Hooks is a ollow up to Moni Mohsin s Diary of a Social Butterfly Honestly I had not read The Diary of a Social Butterfly I picked up its seuel on a whim And after reading the If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas first page I was bewildered because the author had written it in a style that wasull of malaprops Now if you look up or the meaning of malaprop in a dictionary it says The unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar But once you start this book you will realise that Mohsin has intentionally illed the narration with misspellings and used a language that is a cross between English Urdu But that my dear Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, friend is the most enjoyable part of this novelundoubtedly At the beginning it is a bit difficult to understand but as you start getting the hang of it you will clearlyall or it hook line sinker So meet Butterfly our unnamed heroine who is the uintessential privileged class with an absolute preoccupation or designer labels in Lahore Pakistan This novel is in the White Water form of diary entries something which reminds you of Bridget Jones but let me assure you that the similarity ends here narrating the peppered happenings of her liferom her bore Oxen read Oxford educated husband to the overblown kitty parties wedding season to the The Slave Dancer fierce competition in her social life She receives the charge like she is emotionally manipulatedrom her Aunt Pussy to uickly Special Agent find a suitable read richair beautiful old Sleep with the Fishes family type matchor her hapless cousin Jonkers who is not exactly marriage material plain shy already divorced which is ironic since Butterfly s own marriage is on the rocks However taking all this In Her Stride Butterfly Shinnies Her Way Through The Dangerous her stride Butterfly shinnies her way through the dangerous ie the Pakistani wedding circuit in search of the right girl The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History from the right bagground What ensues is a series of humorous upshots as she encounters a Smith educated lesbianundamentalist parents drug smuggling amilies as a potential brides in laws To top it all our protagonist has to look out or backstabbing A World on Fire frenemies errant maidservants beardo weirdos suicide bombers who are out to spoil her matrimonial mission Read complete review atpoojareviewerblogspotin201209ten Back when chicklit began in the 90s with Bridget Jones it was humour and it laughed at the characters as well as with them Tender Hooks aka Duty Free isirmly in that tradition I wouldn t bother with Anglo American chicklit but this is set in Lahore Pakistan and it looked like it might give a different angle on culture and genre There s re. Mbs her way through weddings sheddings GTs get togethers of course and ladies' lunches trying to Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life find a suitable girlrom the right bagground she discovers to her dismay that her cousin has his own ideas about his perfect mate And secretly she may even agreeFull of wit and wickedness and as clever as its heroine is clueless Duty Free is a delightful romp through Pakistani high society.
Uty Free Moni MohsinIf the idea of a book styled along the line of Gone With The Wind or the movie Clueless but set in modern day Pakistan intrigues you then this may be the book or you We have a social climbing heroine shallow as the day is long but with a heart of gold uninterested in the horrors abounding in her country but uite willing in her own selfish way to help her amily Especially when her 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate family can create the havoc she thinks her Aunt Pussy can create Aunt Pussy has begged our heroine no name was used in the bookor our The Oxford New Greek Dictionary female protagonist and the book is written in diaryorm to help her ind her son a suitable mate emphasis on the word suitable Moreover it must be done with all hasteTherefore that is exactly what our heroine sets out to do in her own lazy half hearted TOTALLY CLUELESS WAY I M SURE THE AUTHOR IS clueless way I m sure the author is malapropisms to make a point that I just didn t get but the usage became uite annoying after about a uarter of the way through the book In addition I would have loved to have some kind of translation of the words that Ms Mohsin used repeatedly I was never uite sure if I was reading what amounted to a grunt or an actual word and I was being left clueless It was a The New Job Security frustrating reador me The social satire aspect is easy to pinpoint and yet I didn t take it The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) for being witty or clever just sad I know the customs and placesor women in a society such as this are so different than what I ve come to expect yet I can t help being sad when a woman who has the potential and the support of her husband and child to become so much doesn t This book evoked many The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis feelingsrom me and I am not so sure that they are the ones that the author wanted me to The Jumbee feel This is myirst Pakistani chick lit and it oddly really Reminded Me Of The me of The s Diary This is because the main character Butterfly is a stuck up To Helvetica and Back fashion loving spa hopping lady She thinks the most important things in life are status and money However despite this she still ends up being somewhat loveable and it s hard not to like herShe does dismiss things like bombs and the Taliban mainly upset not because of the lives that have been lost but because she can no longer go to hotels etc well that s until she gets herself caught in a scary situation The plot in the book is basically toind her cousin Jonkers a suitable bride Simple Art of Greatness from a good background She has been enlisted by her Aunt Pussy I couldn t help but grin every time I read her name immature to do this Auntie Pussy is a prettyormidable character I wouldn t want to come against her I should also mention the way the book is written It s purposely written in bad English and misspelled It s easy to get on with but personally I m not a Where the Heart Waits fan of when books mess with spellinggrammar in books Not sure why as I m pretty crap at both of them It just annoys meUltimately this book is about Butterfly realizing what really matters in life and mostans of chick lit will be pretty happy with it And although it s not hilarious it did raise a smile The Politics Of Jesus: Rediscovering The True Revolutionary Nature Of Jesus' Teachings And How They Have Been Corrupted from time to time I got this bookrom Read It Forward a great score I m normally pretty wary of Jane Austen knockoffs but this loose retelling of the Emma story is enough of a departure rom the original that I wasn of the Emma story is enough of a departure rom the original that I wasn constantly comparing the two And it s still similar enough that you get a thrill recognizing parallel plot points and characters The story is a cultural satire set in modern day Lahore Pakistan The unnamed narrator is charged by her aunt with The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth finding her cousin Jonkers a wife The narrator and heramily excluding her bore husband and son are obsessed with wealth and class standing and are determined that the the potential bride come rom a good bagground. Jane Austen's Emma transported to the outrageous social melee of 21st century LahoreOur plucky heroine's cousin Jonkers has been dumped by his low class slutty secretary and our heroine has been charged with inding him a suitable wife a rich air beautiful old amily type uickly But between you me and the our walls who wants to marry poor plain hapless JonkersAs our heroine social cli. .