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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
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“This life is difficult. We lose fathers, brothers, mothers, songbirds and pieces of ourselves. Whips strike the innocent, honors go to the guilty, and there is too much loneliness. I would be a fool to pray for my children to escape all of that. Ask for too much and it might actually turn out worse. But I can pray for small things, like fertile fields, a mother’s love, a child’s smile—a life that’s less bitter than sweet.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“The human spirit, you know what they say about the human spirit? Is is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“The hell with naseeb. Naseeb is what people blame for every thing they can't fix.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“When things are rough, people look for an escape. A way out. Sometimes it's hard to find the right way.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“The person who doesn't appreciate the apple, doesn't appreciate the orchard.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“People who are beset by tragedy once and twice are sure to grieve again. Fate finds it easier to retrace its treads.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“Life has typhoons. They come and turn everything upside down. But you still have to standup because the next storm may be around the corner.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“Funny, isn't it? We hear the same name and while they see dark, I see light.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“I was pretty sure everyone was praying for different things. I wondered how Allah would sort it all out.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“He tried to work alongside his father as a carpenter but a man who had been taught only to destroy found it hard to create.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“Do as you must -- you are not a child. But understand that there are many people willing to make your life more difficult. It is up to you to find a way to make things easier for yourself.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“Poor girl. She ran out from under a leaking roof and sat in the rain.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“The human spirit, you know what they say about the human spirit? It is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“But times change. Everything changes. Birds fly away, one by one.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“Why do we keep the Qur’an all the way up there, Madar-jan? It is so hard to reach it there! Because nothing is above the Qur’an. This is how we show our respect for the word of Allah.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“But her personality made her glow. People looked at her and couldn’t help but smile.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“That is the problem with gifts, Madar-jan. They are always given away.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“On education - Every bit does some good. I'm lucky I know how to read. It's a candle in a dark room. What I don't know, I can find out for myself. It's easier to fool someone who can't figure things out on his own.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“Ghafoor came from a modest family in a nearby village and had been given to the palace in exchange for a cow.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“Shekiba-e-shola? Are you joking? He’ll take one look at her and come after us demanding twice what we owe!”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“Shekiba was born at the turn of the twentieth century, in an Afghanistan eyed lasciviously by Russia and Britain. Each would take turns promising to protect the borders they had just invaded, like a pedophile who professes to love his victim.
The borders between Afghanistan and India were drawn and redrawn from time to time, as if only penciled in. People belonged to one country and then the other, nationalities changing as often as the direction of the wind. For Great Britain and the Soviet Union, Afghanistan was the playing field for their "Great Game," the power struggle to control Central Asia. But the game was slowly coming to an end, the Afghan people ferociously resisting outside control. Chests expanded with pride when Afghans talked about their resilience.
But parts of Afghanistan were taken—little by little until its borders shrank in like a wool sweater left in the rain. Areas to the north like Samarkand and Bukhara had been lost to the Russian Empire. Chunks of the south were chipped away and the western front was pushed in over the years.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“Many of our decisions were not decisions at all. We were herded into one choice or another, to put it gently.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“A conversation began to take shape between us. A conversation that happened in unspoken words, in false words, in knowing glances.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
The touch of Spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild
Darling!
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
And press its face against mine. Breathe into me.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“But sometimes you have to act out of line, I suppose. Sometimes you have to take a chance if you want something badly enough.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“It's time to undo Rahim.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“In that way, Shekiba was Afghanistan. Beginning in her childhood, tragedy and malice chipped away at her until she was just a fragment of the person she should have been.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“Elle avait un don, une aptitude particulière pour vous donner à voir ce qui vous avait échappé, alors que vos yeux s'étaient posés sur le même objet que les siens.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
“was. It had been years since her father had shown an interest in anything beyond their walls. “Is he coming here?” “Here? Are you crazy, Shekiba? He is going to Kaka Hafizullah’s house.” Azizullah’s brother had managed to secure himself a position as a friend of the monarchy. He served as a regional overseer and reported to the authorities in Kabul, the capital. For years, he had”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
“[My father,] A man who had been taught only to destroy found it hard to create.”
Nadia Hashimi, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

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