"There is a way to be good again.”
I kept checking my watch as I sat in The Grill at Fairmont Hotel in San Jose California. His first two books have been international best sellers, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and the first book which established his name around the world, and recently made into the movie – “The Kite Runner”.
he arrived with two handlers who he immediately left behind to sit at
another table as he extended his hand, offering his apologies, saying
welcome to San Jose.
younger than I imagined, only 43. Physically fit, though showing the tired
edges of someone who was still catching his breath after more than two years
on the road promoting two best sellers, a movie and his various good works
for Afghanistan, including being a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United
Nations Refugee Agency.
Different from his publicity photos, he had a short cropped beard now, no doubt a practical function of life on the road. There was no pretence, or awkwardness. He maintains sincere eye contact with you as he talks, and one is immediately at ease with his respectful manner, his disarming honesty and his genuine compassion for the world at large, and Afghanistan in particular.