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My Feudal Lord

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Tehmina’s divorce, her first, and Khar’s plan to leave his heavily pregnant wife (his fifth) caused a shit storm, because in Pakistan all divorces are treated as worse than the possibility that a man might be abusing his wife.

While they were both married when they met, Mustafa Khar manipulated the situation enough to ensure Tehmina's divorce. Even in stories which so clearly try to explain how the man was abusive, basic sexism made it instinctive for them to question the woman’s actions instead of the man.Durrani's second book, A Mirror to the Blind, is the biography of Abdul Sattar Edhi, [21] who was Pakistan's highly decorated social worker. Durrani engaged the Italian cosmetics firm Sant' Angelica and the government of Italy to treat Younus. What can one really expect when one reads "European bestseller" and "a devastating indictment of women's role in Muslim society" proudly plastered together on the front cover? In 1994, A Mirror to the Blind, Edhi's official ‘narrated’ autobiography, was endorsed and published by the Edhi Foundation. So reading the book without having at least some pre-conceived idea of what it was about was impossible.

Though her accounts of Mustafa Khar are generally perceived as false accusations (Some say it's too depressing to be true), I rather found it easy to relate to Durrani as a real women. The book went around in circles, never seeming to end and I couldn't help but feel if Tehmina was truly really oblivious to many incidences. This is a woman who selfishly conducted an affair with a married man while she was at the time married to a good Muslim husband. Born into one of Pakistan's most influential families, Tehmina Durrani was raised in the privileged milieu of Lahore high society.She broke the heart of her lover's wife by coercing him to divorce her while the poor woman was pregnant. U. Durrani and a granddaughter of Nawab Sir Liaqat Hayat Khan, prime minister of Patiala state for eleven years. Is anyone surprised that she is now married to another "Lion of Punjab", and no less a feudal lord, Shahbaz Sharif? It does not come off as a wolf-sheep combination at all for me to be entirely sympathetic to her ordeal. Usually when I review a book, I like to separate the book from the author: the author is dead, as Roland Barthes would say, and my job is to comment on the text without the contextualization of the author’s actions.

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