The Carpet Weaver
When I come across or hear about any book with its storyline based in Afghan, it becomes my Instant “Must Read Book”. And for some reason I feel all the authors hailing from Afghanistan have a painful yet a wonderful story to tell. Khalid Hosseini for instance. The Carpet Weaver is written by an Afghan born USA based Nemat Sadat and oh my does he have an awesome story to tell.
The story is about the 70’s and 80’s of a boy named Kanishka Nurzada, a Gay (called Kuni in Afghan) whose father is a Carpet weaver. He dreams to be a carpet weaver himself when he grows up but his father has better dreams for him. Kanishka falls in love with his classmate and friend Maihan and they keep their love under wraps for the fear of being killed. While Kanishka and Maihan dream of freedom to express their love openly, fight breaks out in Afghanistan. Maihan and his family manage to flee away to USA while Kanishka and his family struggle. His father, who was a leader of the underground Maoist gang is arrested. Kanishka, his sister and mom while trying to escape to USA, are captured and taken as slaves to weave carpets. After much struggle, they land in USA. When Kanishka finds Maihan, distance and time has already strained out their relationship.
The book is a page-turner and will keep you enticed till the end. The emotions and feelings of each character have been beautifully portrayed and trust me I felt as if these emotions managed to come out of the book and got into me when I was reading this book. Love needs freedom to bloom be it boy and girl love or love between the same gender. Love is Love and the Author has done a wonderful work of penning down an amazing story for us to read.
My rating: Beautiful 5 stars…