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My Feudal Lord

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Miss Durrani narrates about her life and that of her husband Mr Mustafa Khar's in Pakistan(who is uncle of Hina Rabbani Khar). The act of writing this book by stripping bare all the embarrassing details and facing the severe possibilities of negative criticism, she made a stand in my list of influential women. She stood by him in the toughest period of his political career; however, Mustafa rewarded her patience and benevolence towards him with infidelity and betrayal. She was fully involved in the conspiracy to overthrow the government in Pakistan with the help of money and arms from Indian government.

A review of the book contracts by the English newspaper The Independent described Sethi as acting in good faith and described him and Mohsin as "the injured party". He fed his monsters by squashing Tehmina’s hopes, her dreams, humiliating her in every aspect possible, abusing her mentally and sexually, harassing her with his grotesque profanities, controlling her with his dire threats, leaving her petrified. At the time, Sethi was being detained without charge by Intelligence Bureau (Pakistan) for his comments to a British Broadcasting Corporation news team about government corruption. Look readers, if you want to her of a woman overcoming adversities, struggles and suffering in Islamic societies then try Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody, Burned Alive by Souad, The Stoning of Soraya M by Freidoune Sahebjam or Sold by Zana Muhsen.And for most of this story, it is misogyny we must encounter, in the characters as well as in ourselves: Tehmina’s adultery, Mustafa’s horrible behavior towards his pregnant wife; Mustafa’s mental and physical torture of Tahmina; his affairs with Tehmina’s sister and her own reactions to it, blaming the sister but not her husband; her parent’s divorce; the treatment of Mustafa and Tehmina’s children, poor souls caught up in a family drama being played out in front of newspaper reporters and the world. And what’s fascinating about this marriage is that our protagonist had five other examples – all of Khar’s ex-wives – to show her what kind of husband he was, except they were clearly not on her mind, proven by the bare minimum attention paid to them in this telling. One must also take into account the fact that any biography will feature a version of the events that puts its author forward in the best possible light. The social repercussions for a domestic abuser / serial polygamist / political honcho are still inconsequential, and as the wife of a political leader / chief minister, she is expected to play the graceful 'seen-not heard' part. After seven days she was admitted to hospital and it was only when the prime minister of Pakistan, Moin Quraishi, visited her to break her fast did she do so.

Most of the people who read this book state pretty much the same thing: that they loved it when they read it, but now that Tehmina Durrani has married Shahbaz Sharif, they can’t believe she would marry into the same social circles, and that she probably deserves any more shit she gets, for choosing to marry such a corrupt man.Tehmina Durrani, born and raised in London, Pakistan into a mixed Pashtun and Punjabi family, she was the daughter of a former Governor of State Bank of Pakistan and managing director of Pakistan International Airlines, Shahkur Ullah Durrani. Most people, even the highly educated ones, held on to some strand of victim blaming, questioning why Tehmina chose to stay with Mustafa or why multiple women kept marrying him even with his cruelty widely known. As no publisher was willing to take the liability of such a controversial book, she initially printed it herself, and after it became a hot selling book, it was published by Vanguard books. But this book flips the switch by not even taking a more diplomatic, distant tone, but rather coming across as —there really is no other way to put this—begrudgingly admiring.

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