17 April, 2021

No Slipping Into Commas

Mohsin is brilliant at malapropisms, and her sense of the absurd is faultless.

No Slipping Into Commas
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A vapid shopaholic and ardent party-hopper, the Social Butterfly’s effervescent vignettes of Pakistan’s giddy high life have a dedicated fan following. Mohsin’s diarist lives in Lahore "in a big, fat kothi, with a big, fat garden", but we all know her well. This botoxed, L’Orealed, Gucci-clad creature, teetering on Versace heels, is a familiar sight in the designer malls of Dubai and London. You could even bump into her at our Khan Market. Dripping diamonds and trailing clouds of French perfume, nothing delights her more than to spend her husband’s wealth on clothes, bags and cosmetics vaghera, vaghera. Her disdain for ‘bore’ activities (reading-sheading, bhai, what else?) is typical of the ‘illegible’ girls like her who speak their own brand of Hinglish or Urdish. Her other ‘socialist’ friends (Flopsy, Furry and Twinkle) and her Auntie Pussy (haw!) may be married to bank defaulters, but they have a very good ‘bagground’, we are told.

Mohsin is brilliant at malapropisms, and her sense of the absurd is faultless....

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