Thursday, March 12, 2009

I live in Story...

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Done Reading:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Currently Reading:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
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Loved The Kite Runner.
Hosseini makes it very easy for us to love/hate the supporting characters. Sympathize with them or watch them in horror. The real appeal however lies with the protagonist and his grey shades.
Like Amir himself, we have to come to terms with all that is good and bad in him.
Fear, friendship, insecurity, cowardice, betrayal, guilt, repentence and ultimately salvation (or atleast the hope for it).
It is the endearing relationship of Hassan and Amir that really holds it all together. Besides, you really can't help falling for little Hassan.
The Afghan backdrop and a dekho into their way of life - I liked very much.
Hosseini's decision to retain some native words (with explanation) and not just replace them with bland translations, was smart.
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Trivia.
Did you know that there is a county, city, CDP (census designated place) and an unincorporated town bearing the name of 'story'.
X: hi..
Y: hello..
X:Where do you live?
Y:I live in Story.

Cool ain't it?
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Remember the shot of Earth with debris all over its atmosphere and above, in Wall-E?
This sure is a sign of things to come. Space junk is gonna be a big international issue very soon.
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Pak catches cold and we get a headache.
Ah well, "You can choose foriegn policy, but not geography".

1 comment:

soapy said...

Khaled Hossenei is certainly dope... I would recommend Orhan Pamuk.. you d like it very much