Moni Mohsin with Milan Vohra
* Some speakers in this session are participating virtually via Zoom.
Moni Mohsin was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She started her writing career at The Friday Times, Pakistan’s first independent weekly, where she served as the Features Editor. She is now a freelance journalist who has written for, among others, The Guardian, 1843, Prospect Magazine, The Nation, The Times of India, India Today, Vogue India and Nikkei Asian Review. She is the author of two novels, the prize winning The End of Innocence and Duty Free. Her best selling collections of satirical columns, The Dairy of a Social Butterfly and Return of the Butterfly, are based on her long running column for The Friday Times. She is married with two children and lives between London and Lahore.
Kamila Shamsie has called her “one of the sharpest and funniest satirists writing anywhere in the world today.’
While Neel Mukherjee had the following to say of The Dairy of a Social Butterfly: ‘The book is being talked of as a kind of subcontinental Bridget Jones’s Diary but Mohsin’s extraordinary achievement in exploiting the contrapuntal irony in the gap between the private and the public gives it a political depth that aligns it more to Rushdie’s Shame. This is a wildly entertaining book but, beware, it also bites.’