11/07/2017 at 12:23 AM (Uncategorized)

Moni 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 felt less comfortable in the new, religious Pakistan, where political repression against nonconformists became commonplace, but she stayed in Lahore. She left Pakistan at 16 to study at a boarding school in England, and later attended Cambridge University, where she took to studying anthropology and archaeology. After General Zia’s death she moved more into the public sphere, working for the independent “Friday Times“, where she became a features editor. Her books include “The End of Innocence”, her debut novel ‘”Tender Hooks” AKA “Duty Free”, and “The Diary of a Social Butterfly“. She now divides her time between Lahore and London, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Duty Free was the chick lit style of book with some cultural activities of Pakistan and as getting engaged to get married is a big thing for her and she has been allocated the job of finding suitable ladies for a guy who was cheated on by his first wife who ran off to Dubai. She manages to find him a suitable match although her ladyfriends disapprove of the match but Moni decides if he is happy with the match, it should be okay for them. There are so many family trees mentioned here so I am confused about relationships of the characters in the book as to who is who. But ultimately she meets the end goal of getting this guy to get married so that was good enough for a not serious chick lit fluff.

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