On the way to the US, all through my flight, I was engrossed in reading 'The Kiterunner' by Khalid Hosseini. It had been long since I had got down to reading any book, and this book was a welcome return to book reading. Picked it up in Pune on an impulse, during one of my umpteen rounds on FC Road during my 2 week stay in Pune.
What a rivetting book it was. Beautifully written, I could almost feel the angst coming through the literature.
The book is set in Afghanistan of the 70's-80's when the Taliban was just finding their foothold in the country's larger spectrum and come into power. It traces the life of 2 friends - Amir and Hassan - the loyalty, sacrifice, jealousy and redemption. And written so realistically - it cannot fail to make you feel for the protagonists. Though the ending was a bit Bollywood-esque. Still left me with a good feeling at the end of it.
I was so engrossed in the book that I couldn't keep it down even while in the queues for checking in and boarding the flights. A must-read, really.
And looks like its on its way into being made into a movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419887/). Guess it should be a good watch.
But then again, looking at past movie adaptations of acclaimed books, one can never be sure of how the movie will turn out to be.
But it would surely make a good Bollywood movie, for sure.