For you, a thousand times over…

I came to know of the 30 day book challenge from my friend Bindu, who posted it in a group on Facebook. To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.

Day 6 – A Book That Makes Me Sad

Image via Goodreads, but I own a copy of the book
Image via Goodreads, but I own a copy of the book

It is odd that when I think of a book that makes me sad, the two options that immediately come to mind belong to the same author. Do I try to decide which one made me sadder? I try. I know that the one that would come out is the first. The first book that author penned. For a debut work of fiction to move me as much as it did was unexpected.

The Kite Runner is a story that is set in Afghanistan. It is the story of Amir and Hassan, friends from completely different backgrounds, the former being the son of a rich man and the latter his servant. It’s the story of their childhood, of Amir’s love for words, and Hassan’s love to hear Amir’s stories. It’s the story of love… of Hassan’s love for Amir, his friend; Amir’s father’s love for both Amir and Hassan, and later the love of Amir for Soraya and for Sohrab. It’s the story of loss… of the two friends being separated; and the loss of humanity. The writing is such that you feel these losses; you imagine the first time a strong man cried, the time when the thing that shouldn’t have happened, happened. You feel disgusted with Amir for letting that thing happen, for not having the backbone to stop it. You imagine the plight of the characters and wonder, just wonder.

For writing so much, I’ve stared at this screen and wondered how to put across my thoughts on a book that I loved when it is a book that has made me infinitely sad as well. Yet months, nay years, after I have read this book, the words that linger…

“For you, a thousand times over…”

(13th November 2014)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

10 thoughts on “For you, a thousand times over…”

  1. So well put! His books speak to us so much that we end being still yet so disturbed, we think even when we want to not keep thinking about it. Khaled Hosseini is one of my favorites 🙂
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  2. If asked to name the book that made me sad or moved me most, I would definitely have a tough time choosing between ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A thousand splendid suns’.. And I might end up choosing ‘The kite runner’, may be because it was the first book I read of the two and I couldn’t remove the images left on my mind for a long time or read any other book for days after that.

  3. Kite Runner is like double favourite. Both the book and the author. And I knew I wouldn’t ever forget his words, ever, when his words showed me a new dream….

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