“I have a surprise for you”.
It was quite a surprise alright. My daughter’s family visited us yesterday and it was a day full of happy moments, exchanging ideas, talking about a small business which Kev has started, delving on life’s angst and yes, our talks were mostly about food.
The Kite Runner.
Back in 2003, Nissa and I encountered a new author with an equally lovely and beautiful book called The Kite Runner. The author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and his family sought political asylum in the United States where he earned a medical degree. The Kite Runner, his first book was published in 2003 and has become an international bestseller and a beloved classic. Nissa bought me a copy. It was my first time to read an Asian author from war-torn Afghanistan. They released a movie adaptation back in 2007. Nissa and I watched it on the big screen when it was shown in Metro Manila and cried unashamedly while we watched it. I remember giving the book five-star on Goodreads. To summarize it briefly, it is a heartbreaking story of friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. It’s a story of redemption, friendship, betrayal and lies set against the political turmoil in Afghanistan.
And the nice surprise? Nissa gave me an original DVD copy and I am so excited to watch it again. Hosseini published two more books which are both equally good, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. If you haven’t read nor watched The Kite Runner yet, perhaps you can give it a go and you will surely enjoy it.
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…”