Kofta Sandwiches and Hassan: The Kite Runner

“For you a thousand times over”

At some point or the other, I have seen ninety percent of my friends put this up as their WhatsApp status. So what is it about this line that everyone feels compelled to say it to show how much a person means to them? Or rather, what is it about this book that even people who do not read, find it okay to shed a few tears over the seemingly flawed characters of this book?

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One of the major things has to be the fact that the narrative is extremely simple. It is a story of two friends, who go through quite a lot of ups and downs in their own lives, while somehow managing to remain friends. Their rare bond is torn by Amir’s choice to renounce his friend amidst the growing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart.

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“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.”

The Kite Runner talks about friendship and the stories of tribulations between a wealthy boy, Amir, son of a wealthy Kabul merchant and his servant Hassan, a Hazara. While the story is simple, the interpretation of the book is not simple. By the end of the story you have no idea what is good or bad or right or wrong anymore. The book has been set against the backdrop of the history of Afghanistan. It weaves together a whole bunch of relationships from friendship to love and to the bonds between families.

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It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.” 

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