According to “the Chaos Theory” something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. This is equal to saying that the choices we make are similar to the path we choose to travel by, and there is no turning back, owing purely to the vast preciousness of time. And we come across many such choices in life, where taking one path means committing the most haunting mistakes, very misleading as a comfortable path, the other being paying for your previous mistakes, a chance to correct them. “The Kite Runner” is based purely upon these themes, and is about an Afghan who leaves his mother nation and comes to live in The United States of America. The story is from the protagonist, Amir’s perspective, and the choice he makes when his best friend, also his servant’s son, Hassan, who was like his brother, is at stake, and how his life revolves around it. He experiences extreme guilt based on those choices, and correcting the mistakes he has done requires extreme courage to accept the mistakes in the first place. The book is very entertaining in the beginning, considering the colorful way in which the author describes the beauty of Afghanistan culture and their towns and villages. The customs of the Kite flying festival are explained in a very heartful manner, and in a way in which the reader feels emotionally attached to Amir and Hassan, and their friendship, beautiful like the rising sun. Towards the turning point in the book, the mood becomes very different, filled with strong emotions, the sorrow of people who never thought they’d be separated, parting ways, along with Amir and his father, people who loved their country, being separated from it because of the Soviet Invasion. It is like a splash of emotions, neither very sudden, nor gradual. After that, the setting is completely different, the western part of the world, where Amir and his father have to blend in to survive, but change doesn’t come easy. Amir gets on with life, moving ahead, getting married, but then again, his past comes back to haunt him. All through this time, since the beginning, he gets a chance at various instances, to correct his mistakes by accepting them, but he chooses not to, eventually leading to him being filled with guilt and sorrow. In the end, one has to pay for their mistakes, and there is no way to get out of the guilt but to correct them, and so happens in the book. Overall, it is a feel-good book, which along the way makes the readers face harsh truths, along with the roller coaster of emotions, which range from the feeling of belonging and togetherness to pride and honour, and all the way to melancholy and guilt. Khaled Hosseini is one of the few authors who has written about the Afghan refugees, their lives in Afghanistan and America, and how the two are different. He also explores the scene of Taliban in Afghanistan, and the brutalities the people are still undergoing there. It was a bestseller, partly due to the fact that the book was based mostly in Afghanistan and written by an Afghan National, living in the United States of America, hence the theme is very close to the author’s heart. Khaled Hosseini was an Afghan by birth, but later shifted to France and then to America, gained U.S. citizenship, and became a medical practitioner and part-time writer. Presently, he is a full-time writer and his other magnificent works include “ A thousand splendid suns” and “ And the mountains echoed”.

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