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‘In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara. I was Sunni and he was Shi’a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing.
But we were kids, who had learned to crawl together. And no history, ethnicity, society, or religion was going to change that either.’

‘And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last.’


‘We actually deceived ourselves into thinking that a toy of tissue, paper, glue and bamboo could somehow close the chasm between us.’


‘Strangely, I was glad that someone knew me for who I really was, I was tired of pretending.’

‘But I would stand my ground, I decided. I didn’t want to sacrifice for Baba anymore. The last time I had done that, I had damned myself.’

‘I was afraid that l’d let the waters carry me away from what I had to do. From Hassan. From the past that had come calling. And from this one last chance at redemption.’

‘You’ve always been a tourist here, you just didn’t know it.’

‘Somewhere over those mountains in the west slept the city where my hare-lipped brother and I had run kites. Somewhere over there, the blind-folded man from my dream had died a needless death. Once, over those mountains, I had made a choice. And now, a quarter of a century later, that choice had landed me right back on this soil.’

‘…I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.’



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