A Thousand Splendid Suns

how does Laila's life in Murree contrast with her life in kabul?


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For Laila, life in Murree is one of comfort and tranquillity. The work is not cumbersome, and, on their days off, she and Tariq take the children to ride the chairlift to Patriata hill, or go to Pindi Point, where, on a clear day, you can see as far as Islamabad and downtown Rawalpindi. There, they spread a blanket on the grass and eat meatball sandwiches with cucumbers and drink cold ginger ale.

It is a good life, Laila tells herself, a life to be thankful for. It is, in fact, precisely the sort of life she used to dream for herself in her darkest days with Rasheed. Every day, Laila reminds herself of this. In Kabul, under the Taliban, life was a restrictive hell. Constantly on alert, Taliban spies were everywhere. Women were foxed into the shadows and a very militant Islam was the law of the land.