Zindagi Migazara – The Life Goes On!
Posted March 7, 2010on:
After September 11, 2001, people world over, particularly those in west, became interested to learn more about Al Qaeeda, Taliban and Afghanistan. Authors have written scores of books on subjects related to war on terror. However, if a person wishes to learn about various facets Afghan culture, psychology an ordinary Afghan resident and tragedies suffered by masses in their daily lives due to invasion of Russians in Afghanistan in 1979/1980 till the era of Taliban (pre 2001), “The Kite Runner” is the book to be read.
Besides many international prizes, the book won The Penguin/Orange Broadband Readers’ Group Prize three years in a row since 2006. In accordance with the orange prize website, the book sold 2.5 million copies in UK alone and was adapted into a highly acclaimed feature film released worldwide in December 2007. The book published in 48 countries and became an international best seller.
“The Kite Runner” is one of the works of fiction, written by Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan by birth who became a Doctor (University of California – San Diego’s School of Medicine, 1993). He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Hosseini was a practicing internist between 1996 and 2004. The Kite Runner was published when Mr. Hosseini was working as a resident at USA. Medical residency is a demanding job. Writing a novel besides such rigorous work requires time, dedication, energy and commitment which Mr. Hosseini has shown with publication of the book in 2003.
In 2006, Mr. Hosseini was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. Mr. Hosseini authored his second novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” in May 2007, which was, again, an international best seller. Mr. Hosseini has also established a foundation to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. Mr. Hosseini lives in Northern California.
Lessons / messages from the book:
The book is an interesting read for everyone who is interested to know about the modern history & culture of Afghanistan, pre-soviet & post-soviet invasion and life in Afghanistan under various regimes.
Many important messages have been conveyed by the Author. One of the key themes of the book is: ‘Zindagi Migazara’ i.e. life goes on. Even if there is kingship or Russian attack or Taliban or American forces, life continues for the people of Afghanistan and elsewhere. The author has used various small phrases from Farsi (Persian) in the book with its English translation which has given the touch of real lively words & phrases spoken by Afghans in their day to day lives.
The book is based on tragedies suffered by the people of Afghanistan. However, it provides a ray of hope to its readers: When there is a will, there is a way.
Despite of all troubles, challenges, obstacles and difficulties, Amir constantly thought to help Hassan and his family to remove his guilt conscience and finally, he achieves his goal by helping Hassan’s son, Sohrab. It also conveys a powerful message: Things don’t change by themselves, people make things change. If Amir had accepted the act of abuse of Hassan as a matter of faith and have killed his conscience, life of Sohrab would have never been improved.
Here is the official trailer of the movie:
Thought of the week: Zindagi Migazara: Life continues!