By Hafsa Saeed
We grew up watching all kinds of movies from romances like DDLJ to high school dramas like Mean Girls. Sometimes we could relate to them and other times we just sat their thinking, “who are these people?” But when it came to books, the authors were mostly foreign. We got lost in the world of Archie Comics and Sweet Valley just to realise that it was another world altogether.
We read about young girls in America having boy troubles while we sat here coming up with the best plan to sneak out of our homes just to meet our friends, let alone our boyfriends. Hence, it was hard to relate to the characters in western chick lits making us question our belief systems.
Then we were introduced to the world of Indian and Pakistani writers and there was no looking back. Here are four desi chick lits which you must read.
How it happened by Shazaf Fatima Haider
Shazaf’s book captures the woes of living in a joint family as a desi girl. Imagine when your mother’s permission is not enough and you need to woo your daadi too every time you step out! Full of numerous hilariously frustrating moments, the dadi especially has a very important role to play in Shazaf’s books.
Hint: If you are in love with someone outside your sect, this book is all you need.
Karachi, You’re Killing Me by Saba Imtiaz
Saba narrates the story of a modern day working woman, Ayesha, with a perfection that is hard to see in many books. The protagonist is a journalist who is ready to take on whatever life throws her way; a moody boss, boy troubles, being broke, and a needy cat. Sounds similar and relatable? Well, then. Give it a read!
The Diary of a Social Butterfly by Moni Mohsin
Prepare yourselves before picking up the book because it is full of blatant stereotyping and English that’ll make your eyes hurt. The “social butterfly” will take you on a journey full of high society kitty parties, shopping sprees, and their first world problems like not owning the latest Hermes.
It describes the life of a socialite and macro level issues faced by Pakistan in the most humorous way possible. She’ll make you laugh, maybe even annoy you a bit, but will surely make you fall in love with her frivolous life.
Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
Featuring a Muslim protagonist in a western setting, the book reflects diversity and tells the story of a woman who has been asked to write a book about ‘Muslim dating’ by the publishing company she works for. The story breaks several stereotypes related to the Muslim woman in a fun and humorous manner.
Her description of a Pakistani household will definitely make you laugh and say out loud: “Oh, that happens in my house too!” So grab a copy if you’re weary of your family’s (over) attachment with their culture.