#TravelBookLust Series: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Plot Summary: Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had. – via Goodreads

I studied literature in college a few years ago because I love it. The reason why I love literature is because I believe in the power of storytelling.

The Kite Runner is probably one of my favorite travel books. I have first read this two years ago, and I happened to have a free time to read this again. This book will take you to beautiful places in the old Afghanistan than you can imagine.

In this book, Khaled Hosseini taught me about the history, language, geography and culture of Afghanistan. Not long ago, Afghanistan was a safe and a really good place to live in. It may sound bizarre to hear right now, but there was actually a time when people there were ignorant of bombings and terrorism. There was a time when children there can freely run around, play kites and simply – be children. Women can choose to wear a burqa or not. Men can choose to grow a beard or not.

Sad to say, due to this terrorism news and endless wars portrayed in national TV’s, I can’t help but judge people living in countries like Afghanistan. In fact, I am ashamed to admit this; I used to be afraid of going to places with Arabs and Muslims because of this endless news of terrorism. But this book certainly changed my outlook. No one should ever blame Islam for terrorism. Our Muslim brothers and sisters have nothing to do with terrorism.

After reading the book, I realized that Afghanistan is unfortunately located in between Russia, Iran, India and the Himalayas. Innocent people living in there doesn’t really have a safe place to go even if they try to escape the country. Afghanistan is located at the foothills of the Himalayas and it is almost impossible to cross the border in all that snow and endless-looking mountains. Sadly, Afghanistan is surrounded by neighboring countries that are currently at war too.

Having read The Kite Runner kind of enlightened me about the harsh realities of life. It is one of the books that made me pause and be grateful of my living situation. Some parts of the story may be taboo to some, but it is definitely a good read.

One of the books that really struck a chord in my heart.

Personal Rating: ★★★★☆