A year and some months later, Diary of a Guji Girl, has catapulted from a blog into a book. Having reached over 2 million views, this was probably deemed as inevitable.
For those who are not acquainted with the blog a break down of what the book is about follows.What makes it additionally interesting was that the places featured in DOAGG are largely familiar many of us, making it a proudly South African read.
Amina, is a small-town girl, who pursues a career in teaching in, well, a big-town. Coalesced, big town ideals in a small town girl, results in an adulated love, scandalous gossip, a dozen (rather oily) samoosa runs, spiritual insight and a depth that was otherwise lacking is the denouement of a coup de grace.
Throw in handsome, rugged, rich, charismatic and dubious Moe, whose very existence is an oxymoron to Amina’s. Ayesha, the cousin who falls in love and then goes on to marry someone who is regarded as ‘unsuitable’, leaving a steady flow of gossip in her wake as a result. The gentle, kind, spiritually knowledgeable Suhail, an unlikely friend to Moe and Sumayya, the friend who concludes that the ‘M’ word is infact, blasphemy of sorts and you have yourself of pot of Biryani with more speed bumps (elachi) than you (or anyone else for that matter) can handle.