Khaled Hosseieni, for me the hero of A Thousand Splendid Suns was this man. It was his second novel after the hit of Kite Runner. A friend gifted me this novel with a note that, “I know you don’t like reading much and you’re not that fond of novels but give this a shot. Happy Reading!” Deep down inside I was still not interested in reading it and wanted to gift it to someone else, but then one day while I was going somewhere out of town I was supposed to carry a magazine with me for the boring flight journey but somehow this novel came in my bag and Khaled Hosseini changed my perception towards life.
The story revolves around family, friendship, faith and the restoration to be found in love. With heart-wrenching power and thrill, he shows how a woman’s affection for her family can move her to heroic acts of persecution and in the end, it’s only love that gives us a reason to live and endurance. The story reflects about needy and illiterate women Mariam and Laila who underwent various misfortunes. Life has its own way of throwing challenges at us and it shows how strong and vulnerable we are. Through these two women, Khaled Hosseini showed us about the fright of the women residing in Afghanistan, the war torn country. Facing all kinds of oppression such as physical abuse and violence.
Hosseini once said that “As I began to write, as the story picked up pace and I found myself immersed in the world of Mariam and Laila, these apprehensions vanished on their own. The developing story captured me and enabled me to tune out the background noise and get on the business inhabiting the world I was creating.”
In all of his novels, Khaled Hosseini has made sure that the central theme of the novel should be ‘Family’ his novels always give a new perspective to life. One of my favorite lines from the novel was, “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls” these lines depict the plight of Afghan women, their strengths and how important they are to the Afghan society as a whole.
There are a very few people who inspire me to do something and Khaled Hosseini is one of them. This man taught me to always love your roots and country no matter what happens in life. This man lives in America but his heart still lives in Afghanistan. In one of his interviews, he said that “In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are a part of something bigger than yourself.”