Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I bought a copy of Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns months ago, when the book first released here in India. Having read, and being completely bowled over, by his previous book The Kite Runner, I was sure his new book would have the same effect. Surprisingly, when I took to reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, I couldn't go past more than the first two chapters. The story seemed to drag, the characters seemed ordinary and I just didn't have the inclination to read yet another book on the human tragedies in Afghanistan.

Over the past two weeks, I took to the book again. And this time, I finished chapter after chapter at a stretch. The lives of Mariam and Laila jo captivated me and literally took me to their world. Their sorrow, their suffering, their pain, their love - it was all so real! Last night I finally finished reading the book.

I'm not going to dive into a review or anything of the sort. All I took from this book is the never-say-die attitude of the human spirit, and it's desire to love and be loved.

Love is such a strong emotion. It can be your strength and your weakness. Both at the same time. It's over these past few months, I've come to realise that love is my weakness, too. I'm often told, I'm not the kinds who show much emotion, and I agree. But now, it's changed. My love for that special someone has made that outer toughie crumble, and how! It's made me realise that I'm human too, after all. And it makes me keep wanting for more. . . in more ways than one.

But this love was not meant to be. . . at least not in this lifetime. I hope our love still remains though. . . not as lovers really, but as friends and soul mates, forever. For I know I don't need a thousand splendind suns in my life, just one 'sun' will do just fine. And the best part, while I hope it remains, deep down I realise that I know it will remain. . . always and forever.

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