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On the circuit: Mohsin skewers upper-class Lahore

Moni Mohsin has been writing a column, narrated in the first-person voice of a pathologically shallow socialite called Butterfly, in the Friday Times of Lahore since the early 1990s. In her second book, The Diary of a Social Butterfly (the first, 2006's The End of Innocence, was a coming-of-age story set in West Punjab during the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971), she has culled columns spanning January 2001 to January 2008. The pieces are bookended by the flexing of Taliban muscles in Afghanistan and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto — and they constitute a...

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