This novel is really a though provoking one, I am not writing review. This is what I felt all across this book.This book was in my “to read” list in N...moreThis novel is really a though provoking one, I am not writing review. This is what I felt all across this book.This book was in my “to read” list in No.1 positing for a long time but I was always postponing but now I have done it.
In 1948 George Orwell wrote 1984, a novel about a futuristic society where ubiquitous government surveillance is happening on its citizens.
Which made me think about the presence of “Closed-circuit television” (CCTV) in our present world.
“YES! BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU."
But in present world war is not happening as it’s happened in History. I mean, in history war happened for three reasons :
1)Kings and emperors wanted to extend their state and national foundries.
2)And during the era of Industrial Revolution countries wanted to sell their surplus products to other nation and there emerged capitalism and their exercise of power on their nations and their game of Machtpolitik or Power politics where nations compete for the world's resources and it is to a nation's advantage to be manifestly able to harm others. It prioritizes national self-interest over the interest of other nations or the international community.
3)Wars made in the name of revolution. Like George Orwell wrote in this book “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”
This not the age of monopoly industries and centralized governments. This an age where people are neither a communist nor a liberalist, majority of us are lazy non-voting citizen of the age of LPG (Liberalization, Privatization, and Globalization). We are all lost in the crowd people who rushes for their daily bread and accumulation of wealth and who lives the life of keeping apart or life of my own business, who for the sake of killing time involves in criticizing each and every government which comes in to power, just like reading “Page Three” of new paper. Hush… now a day more or less all the pages in newspaper is becoming “Page Three”, they prefer to discuss the trends of Paris Hilton’s inner wear than the encroachment in national frontiers.
At times I feel everyone are communist, a variety of different forms of communism has developed, each based on the ideas of different political theorists. The case which I said is “Pure Communism”; for an example whenever there is a raise in the price of petrol/ diesel/ kerosene/ cooking gas or regardless of working hard our manager gives us a lousy bonus, we feel it unfair and want to protest but we never do, we bury it deep inside our unconscious mind. The zest of communism is the sense of revolution or protest against the decision-making process in both political and economical sphere of our life, where interest of every member of society is not given equal consideration.
“If you are a communist you view the world as communist.” (less)
Ever since the release of this book, I have it in my reading wish list due to various reasons it was getting postponed and from the time I joined GR i...moreEver since the release of this book, I have it in my reading wish list due to various reasons it was getting postponed and from the time I joined GR it has been on the top of my reading wish list and now after almost ten years I read this book.
The story revolves around the above quote and the protagonist endeavour for atonement (theme of guilt : because of his betrayal and lie) set with the backdrop of chaotic incidents like the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy , mass flight of refugees to Pakistan and United States of America, raise of Taliban and their atrocities , internal Muslim conflicts between the two denominations of Islam Sunni and Shia Islam, Khaled Hosseini even mentions of mass massacre of Hazara Muslims in Afghanistan by Taliban , 9/11 attack and destruction of Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan.
It’s a heartbreaking saga of father-son relationship, friendship and betrayal written in very old fashioned narrative more or less like old Hindi movie (too good for debutant who writes emotional drama ), plot paces forward thru lot of bitter incidents but ends with a happy note. (less)