"At the Kabul River, vendors moved into the parched riverbed. Soon, from the river's sunbaked hollows, it was possible to buy Titanic carpets, and Titanic cloth, from bolts arranged in wheelbarrows. There was Titanic deodorant, Titanic toothpaste, Titanic perfume, Titanic pakora, even Titanic burqas. A particularly persistent beggar began calling himself "Titanic Beggar'" (Chapter 41, Page 303)
Reflection: From this quote, it shows how much the town of Kabul is shown to things. For example, right when the Titanic came out, the whole town was obsessed enough to make merchandise of the whole movie.
"A choking noise came up her throat. Her knees weakened. Laila suddenly wanted, needed, to grope for Mariam's arm,...But she didn't. She didn't dare. She didn't dare move a muscle. She didn't dare breathe, or blink even, for fear that he was nothing but a mirage shimmering in the distance,...Laila stood perfectly still and looked at Tariq until her chest screamed for air and her eyes burned to blink. And, somehow, miraculously, after she took a breath, closed and opened her eyes, he was still standing there. Tariq was still standing there." (Chapter 43, Page 327)
"Aziza's ribs began to push through the skin, and the fat from her cheeks vanished. Her calves thinned, and her complexion turned the color of weak tea. When Mariam picked her up, she could feel her hip bone poking though the taut skin. Zalmai lay around the house, eyes dulled and half closed, or in his father's lap, limp as a rag. He cried himself to sleep, when he could muster the energy, but his sleep was fitful and sporadic." (Chapter 41, Page 306)
Reflection: This quote shows how significant Mariam and Laila's situation is. From Laila's children being so skinny and how they are described shows how much food they are consuming. By not consuming a lot of food is causing them to be hungry and lose a lot of weight.
Reflection: From this quote it just shows how much Laila has missed Tariq. From her not being able to breath or move shows how surprised she is to see Tariq and causing her to run up to him and hug him.