In the last BookBytes post, I shared a paragraph from the book The Boy at the back of the class by Onjali Q. Rauf which spoke to me as a mother and relieved me of the guilt of confusion of when to tell Dhruv off and when not to.
In the closing lines of that post, I promised to share a few profound lines which I was sure to discover over the course of reading this book about a 9-year-old Syrian refugee boy who has joined a London school. And yet he is not the protagonist of the story and for this fact this book is special.
That the entire world is full of hearts searching for a place to call home. But refugees are different because they don’t just look for a home. They look for peace too. And because of that, they possess the most special hearts anyone could ever have.
It must be a coincidence while I was in the middle of reading this book, I happened to find the book Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini in the city library. This was a book I had been wanting to read for a long time. These particular lines in this book moved me to the core.
I have heard it said we are the uninvited.
We are the unwelcome.
We should take our misfortune elsewhere.
But I hear your mother’s voice,
over the tide,
and she whispers in my ear,
‘Oh, but if they saw, my darling.
Even half of what you have.
If only they saw.
They would say kinder things, surely.’
Both the set of lines are speaking the same – of a refugee’s heart.
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