Saturday, October 3, 2009

And he still runs for the kite.................

well..this one's actually a continuation to one of my older posts 'Princess'.If you have already read that,you would be well aware of my obsession with regard to the topic on the followers of prophet mohammed.
'Princess' was the second book which managed to stir the tear glands in me.The first being 'A thousand splendid suns'.Like i always claimed,this Khalid Hosseini book has a very special place in my heart. Despite having the book in my ownership for over 2 months,i refrained from reading it till the minute i landed at the airport for my first journey to the Arab land.Then i plunged headlong into it and reading it while actually sitting amidst sweet scent of 'athar' and aabha clad women gave a very special meaning to the book.
And now a new addition to this list - The kite runner.
There are very few books which i have started and not finished, one being fountainhead, another - Godfather (unfortunately i saw the movie first and cudnt make myself read through the entire book !) and the third - the kite runner. Though the reason for this being entirely different. At the point where Amir meets Rahim in pakistan to talk about the bygone years,my eyes always welled up and i dint want to know what came of Hassan. Twice i tried and both times, i stopped reading at this point.
Yesterday evening after a very heated argument with Aks on my obsession in this regard, i was fully determined and sat down with the book at 10 PM. The same words, the same pomegranate tree..everything in the book was the same untill i got to their reunion. And i dint stop, despite the choking sensation ..i dint stop till i came to the last statement in the book, five minutes ago.
As every other book in this genre, this one has also taken away a part of me. A part of me which i had been obsessed with for as long as i can remember.
I am not religious, i am just spiritual.And such books always leave me lost.I fail to see the purpose,the message or maybe it's just that i dont want to see the purpose or the message. All i feel is a choking sensation draining the air out of me.
With each word i read in the book, my life's biggest dream just keeps making its purpose more and more clear to me. For those of you who know about it,No - its not the beauty or mystery which bades me for it.. but it's the lack of all these.

For you,a thousand times over................................

Ps: In a totally disoriented state of mind and yes, long weekends can be a drag if not spent at home ! :(


Akshay (Bunty) said...

Well glad to help you finish the book.The last lines you written are lovely,troubling but lovely.
I guess i must make myself read this book.

TheGreatOne said...

"I am not religious, i am just spiritual" - Hmm...where have I heard this before? from uhmm..err..smbdy... :-)

I read 'Kite Runner'. Brilliant book. yeah.

1000 Splendid Suns..yet to read. No time, kya karein! :-P

Deepthi Rajagopal said...

kya karein?? i was thinkin you would be flooding my blog page in bengali..after a refreshing vacation spent at home !
and yeah yeah..its no copyrighted statement :P

Krappy Genius said...

i've this trouble wit unfinished books too ... atlas shrugged was one for an agonizing 3 yrs. Couldnt complete "a thousand splendid suns" ... m having second thoughts now as i didnt read kite runner either .. saw the movie though ... an out n out tear jerker [:-/] .. dont connfront me wit it though .. guys dont cry :D

Deepthi Rajagopal said...

Ahaaa... so out comes the truth..but well i can imagine the depth in the movie..if reading the book could do so much damage to me...i cant imagine how it would feel like to sit and watch the whole thing..hats off to ur guts ;) !

Dirk said...

Kite runner for sure is a great work.However it is in a different league compared to Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead. They are not the kind of books that might move you, but for sure will make you change the way you think. Dry as much as the initial phases might appear to be, I would still recommend you to finish those books and they might even become a gospel eventually.


Jayadevan said...

I have seen the movie & is impactful only in parts!! Guess, I will have to read it..

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Deepthi Rajagopal said...

@Ram:Yes.Must definitely make myself complete those books..someday..! :)
@JD: nothing beats reading the book and conjuring up our own images of the words..instead of taking in some director's images ;).