I was on a break from reading. This is the first book I read after a gap of over a year. This book is refreshing, not in terms of plot, but in terms of narration. Sentences are simple, crisp and heartfelt. It presents a beautiful picture of Afghanistan... only to make you miserable by presenting the realistic picture later. There is one big secret or guilt that the main lead carries on his chest. And, later he discovers his father whom he idolises has a bigger and darker secret - one that betrays everything he ever stood for.
It's one book that told me that Afghanistan was a beautiful place - with kite flying competition, kids watching English movies, gorgeous winter, ONCE. I feel sad thinking how they live now.
It's a moving story of dealing with flaws and one where courage is not a trait, but a necessity.
Recommendation - YES