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(Creative Writing) Imagine that Baba writes a letter to Rahim Khan after he and Amir had been in America for a few years, in which Baba explains how he feels about his life in America with Amir...

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English Exam Question 'Imagine that Baba writes a letter to Rahim Khan after he and Amir had been in America for a few years, in which Baba explains how he feels about his life in America with Amir...' Rahim Khan. How I miss hearing that name. Inshallah, this letter finds you healthy and well old friend, I have been in America for years now my friend without hearing the familar sound of your name. But this is not the only name I miss hearing. How long it has been since I answered to the call of 'Toophan agha', the many days have not slipped my notice. How long has it been since we were sitting in my study, sipping Brandy and fattening our pipes? Too long my friend. Afghanistan seems a lifetime ago agha. You know me agha, you know that I do not tolerate any form of sympathy from others. Ever. It is the most humiliating form of shame. But I know that if I did not admit all this to you, you would be able to guess from the tone of my letter. ...read more.


The night of Amir's graduation, I threw a party. One perhaps lacking in grandeur, but rich in spirit. It was in a small dim-lit bar, with a crowd of Americans that I did not know, yet it was one of the best parties I had thrown. And why? Because it had meaning. It was in celebration of the success of my son. A wise man once said to me that children aren't colouring books; you don't get to fill them with your favourite colours. I realise now, they are not colouring books but great extravagant pieces of art, surrounded by colours of splendor and beauty - you may not love every part of the artwork; there may be brushstrokes that were too rash, too hurried, too rough, but you sit back, behold its magnificence and love it anyway, because it is a masterpiece that you painted yourself, on a once blank canvas. Amir wants to go to university, study 'English' and something he calls 'Creative Writing'. Stories. It is as I had once feared, but now have learnt to accept. Amir the storyteller. ...read more.


I write this letter to you as a goodbye, you have accompanied me throughout life, my best friend. I write this letter with a heavy heart, one that will never be able to let go of the weight of regret that trails behind me whereever I go. I hope that in death, I am released of this burden. My one regret. Hassan. Ali. My child. My brother. I hope with all my heart that they are well, this is the most I can do for them. Maybe I will meet them again in another lifetime and be able to repent for my mistakes, to right what I did wrong. Hope is all I can afford now. America, the brash saviour. I had always thought this meant saviour of other countries, of other lives. Bas. America was my saviour. She was what opened my eyes to the one son I had left and was still pushing away, She was the push that pushed him back to me. My Amir. Goodbye my dear friend, and remember. Zandagi migzara. Life goes on. Your friend always, jan, Baba ?? ?? ?? ?? Lily Wu 'Imagine that Baba writes a letter to Rahim Khan...' English 1 ...read more.

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