A Thousand Splendid Suns

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs or the Thousand Splendid Suns that hide behind her walls”
-Saib-e-Tabrizi

A popular website running an article on books that made for #GoodReads, compelled me to choose ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’; authored by Afghan-American writer Khaled Hossein as a introductory book under #Namu’sReadingList.

This books talks about a journey of a beautiful teenage Afghan girl separated from her family in dismay of ongoing war and having survived trying to join the broken pieces of her life in a war ravaged nation, but later to be captured again in tumultuous relationship with a polygamous man. Her courage to break free from a thankless relationship in a land were single women is alienated as a promiscuous women. Confronted now with her past, she harbors an ardent wish to go back to her motherland to serve her people in aftermath of war.

Why, A Thousand Splendid Suns should make it to your reading list

A bestseller in its own accord ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, stands as a metaphor to underline the providence and the character of women in Afghanistan; beaten yet undefeated, deprived yet giving,  subdued and yet ever hope-full. This book more than anything else is again a reminder of how war shatters a very love filled promising future of up until then normal lives of normal people.

As a parting shorts i would like to quote Gandhi here;

“An Eye for An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind”

Lets stop believing blindly about everything that is portrayed in the media. Try to love and respect another human being beyond their ethnicity, race, religion. No nations or leaders are saving you from anyone, they are fulfilling their selfish ambitions by misleading you to believe in what  they want you to see.

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