Titanic Fever

29 Jun

Again, an extract from “A thousand splendid suns”:

That summer, Titanic fever gripped Kabul. People smuggled pirated copies of the film

from Pakistan- sometimes in their underwear. After curfew, everyone locked their doors,

turned out the lights, turned down the volume, and reaped tears for Jack and Rose

and the passengers of the doomed ship. If there was electrical power, Mariam, Laila,

and the children watched it too. A dozen times or more, they unearthed the TV from behind

the tool shed, late at night, with the lights out and quilts pinned over the windows.

At the Kabul River, vendors moved into the parched riverbed. Soon, from the river’s

sun baked hollows, it was possible to buy Titanic carpets, and Titanic cloth, from bolts arranged

in wheel barrows. There was Titanic deodorant, Titanic toothpaste, Titanic perfume,

Titanic pakora, even Titanic burqas. A particularly persistent beggar began calling

himself “Titanic Beggar.”

“Titanic City” was born.

It’s the song, they said.

No, the sea. The luxury. The ship.

It’s the sex, they whispered

Leo, said Aziza sheepishly. It’s all about Leo.

“Everybody wants Jack,” Laila said to Mariam. “That’s what it is. Everybody wantsJack to rescue them from disaster. But there is no Jack. Jack is not coming back. Jack is dead.”


Posted by on June 29, 2009 in Thats Me and my Thots


2 responses to “Titanic Fever

  1. A

    August 11, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I loved this book and read these lines over and over again.
    nice to see someone else also liking it. nice blog

    • revathisrinivasan

      August 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

      Hey thanx Anitha 🙂 I loved the book, I guess Khalid is one of the very gud writers of this era 🙂


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