5 quotes by Khaled Hosseini that will make life a little better for the young women.

Jigyasa Dua
3 min readMar 5, 2022

Khaled Hosseini, the brilliant writer he is, weaves his story in such a way that you are captivated and begin to believe that it is yours. In each of his works I have read, be it The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, or And The Mountains Echoed; each character has a voice of its own.

Here are some quotes from his books that spoke to me the most as a young woman.

“Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”

One of his quotes, most women can relate to not only young women. Beauty is a construct upon which women are constantly judged, and it is not even in our hands. We don’t control and we can’t control how we look. It’s a very stupid expectation to be able to control how we look and be disappointed when that doesn’t happen.

“At last, she makes her choice. She turns around, drops her head, and walks toward a horizon she cannot see. After that, she does not look back anymore. She knows that if she does, she will weaken.”

We often have to choose whether we want to live in the past or move forward. To do this, we must look to the future.

Remember Kangana’s character Rani in Queen, who travels to Europe alone on her honeymoon after her wedding is cancelled just a day prior. Deciding to move on and move forward, she refuses to patch up with her ex fiancé in the end.

“Marriage can wait, education cannot… Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated, Laila. No chance”.

This statement reflects the situation often faced by young women. Our education is taken for granted and we are supposed to depend on our partners.

“Laila has moved on. Because in the end she knows that’s all she can do. That and hope.”

Laila’s character grew up in a country with changing politics and culture. She went from a child who had the freedom to pursue her dreams, to a woman who had no freedom and had to marry an married man much elder to her. However, at the end of the story, Laila moves on in her life, hoping for a better future.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Written at the beginning of the book The Mountains Echoed, this quote set the mood for the entire book. It resonates with me that by being selfish, we do nothing wrong. The choices we make sometimes go beyond the whole construct of right and wrong. Feeling guilty of hurting someone is not the only option.

Priyanka Chopra’s character Ayesha in Dil Dhadakne Do, decided to divorce her husband although her family was against her decision, but she had to go through with it, to find her own happiness.

Hosseini as an author writes stories that are sad and sometimes even make me cry, but that’s the beauty of his writing, we invest so much and get back even more.

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