Book Review: Diary of Social Butterfly

“And he said, ‘Go on, then, name one book you know well.’ And cool as a cucumber, I said, ‘Cheque book!”

 You probably would be laughing your head off after reading above-mentioned line, and must be wondering which novel is this!

moni mohsin 2So, the line is an extract from Moni Mohsin’s novel ‘The Diary of Social Butterfly’. The story revolves around Butterfly who is a socialite and main protagonist. She lives in  Lahore with her husband Janoo and her only son Kulchoo. No kidding these are the names of the characters.

The main attraction of this novel is Butterfly who is a typical wannabe socialite with her horrible English language. I remember I was reading in my office and I had to close down the book because I could not stop my frequent burst of laughter at her incorrect English.

According to Butterfly, she is the most well-educated, well-mannered and most generous person on earth. No one is like her.She lives in her own sweet world, surrounded by her like-minded friends. She just loves parties, fashion and gossips.

The novel covers the turmoil in Pakistan including militarization, 9/11, emergency, terrorist attacks, Benazir assassination and fundamental policies. However, Butterfly has no concern whatsoever.  Her interest in politics or literature is next to nothing.

Butterfly’s use of the English language is really interesting and throws up quite a few innuendos. The most hilarious one I found consists of Butterfly describing her mother-in-law’s (The Old bag’s) angina attack as vagina attack. Then to her husband’s (Janoo) metaphorically, she understands as stratospheric.

The novel is incredibly witty and hilarious but on the flip side, there is no plot or story and at times, the misspelling and bad grammar, really breaks the pace of the reading for the reader.

Caution: If you are a literature aficionado  so this is not for you.

I will rate this book 3 out of 5

Happy Reading everyone!

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Academic Writer–a cheater or saviour!

Academic writers say that they do not support plagiarism but the work which they perform, support plagiarism. I work in a private company as academic writer; I landed to this job because of my passion towards writing, though before getting into it, I did not have any idea that what does academic writer mean?  I am designated as Research Executive (R.E) and the nature of job is basically to work on someone else’s work. There are set of orders which are related to dissertations, essays and at times it involves the content writing, assigned to the R.E who after thorough detailed study writes for the customer proposed assignment.

Our principle of work is to avoid plagiarism, but working on someone else’s full dissertation if this is not fraud then what is it? The company does not deal with the native clients, rather it focuses on the students living abroad say USA or U.K ; they are enrolled in the universities or colleges, but due to insufficient time or lack of English language compel these students to head towards these online companies. It is helpful to some extent in terms of offering variety of suggestions to improve essays, term papers or dissertation but what I do not understand that writing full dissertation, how it can be called a fair work.

These companies of academic writers have eased the burden of those students who are unable to cope with their study due to language barrier. But it is of no use for those writers who are not supposed to give their name even to the person for whom they are writing. Why? Because the customer will run away if they get to know that the work is done by a Pakistani. We call ourselves writer only because we write daily 800 to 1000 words. It is not possible because everyone is not well-read and even if they are so writing a 1000 word is impossible in a day. It definitely affects the quality of the work.

I agree that I am working here and yes I am also part of plagiarism, also my education also does not support this job. I do because first I do not have any other work to do and second, once you have started working, you cannot quit. There are so many people like me who work as academic writers and are feeling the same but cannot leave because of the monetary reasons, though there are some who love to explore their writing ability and according to them, this kind of work does assist in their writing.

If people ask about our work so the first word comes on their mouth; cheating or duplicitous job.  It is but then it does have some good points with it. Firstly you get to have awareness on variety of topics which may or may not be your field of study. You are pushed beyond your boundaries to work on a subject that is out of your context, but when after thorough reading along with guidance you try to complete an article; it gives an immense pleasure of doing something which is out of your league. Secondly this is not only writing and reading profession; it helps you in the formation of thesis or essay, which can be helpful if you pursue the higher level of study. Meanwhile, you are updated with much information which ultimately gives you confidence to have an effective discourse.

Having said that, the benefits are far less visible when it comes to one major drawback and that is pretense work. Acclaiming oneself a writer or as ghost writers does not justify this work; it is all about money and in fact a way of curbing the capability of an honest student who works day and night for achieving good grades.