“A Thousand Splendid Suns”

what will you do if you are born as a harami? a child out of wedlock.
Mariam didn’t know the word her mother Nana called her when she’s upset
She was too young and too innocent to understand
She was quite happy Jalil, her father, came to visit every Thursday
and tell her stories about the world outside of her little shack
she admire her father so much that she ignored her mother words

What did you asked on your 15th birthday? Mariam never forget hers.
She asked Jalil to take her to the cinema and meet her siblings
her mother try to stop her, even Jalil discourage her with many reasons
Mariam knew what she want but she didn’t understand the implications
When her father didn’t show up that day, she went to look for him
she found a big house but couldn’t get in, she was told Jalil wasn’t home
She wait outside the whole night just to find out Jalil was there all along
she run home but grieved to find her mother die hung herself on the tree

How do you escape someone whom you come to hate so much?
Jalil took her into his home, but she knew she doesn’t belong there
Her father’s wives forced her to get married to an old widower
she didn’t want but can’t refused either, even Jalil didn’t try to help her
so she got married to Rasheed a shoemaker from kabul and leave at once.
She realized her mother was right, she promised not to see her father again.


What do you expect when you get married in such a young age?
Rasheed was kind enough to give her time to adjust her new living
But soon she has to behave as a wive, cleaning, cooking and coupling
She was giving a burqa, long dress to cover the whole body and a veil
Rasheed believes a woman’s face it’s her husband business only
amazingly she took it as an honor, she enjoy her husband protection

What if God didn’t answer your prayer?
live went quite good for Mariam, she got her own house and husband
She pray to God that He will sustained what she has now
Then she got pregnant, Rasheed was so happy and bought boy’s stuff
they went to the public bath and she found herself with blood
They lost the baby, she was grieved, he blamed her for that.
Live is not the same anymore…

That’s the first part of “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
The same author who wrote The Kite Runner.
If you have read the book, you know the rest,
but if you care to find out more you may wanna read it for yourself
I want to invite you to enter the life of Mariam and Laila
and getting to know about these two women who meet by fate…

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