Day 24: In the verge of finishing the novel, 'A thousand splendid suns' by Khaled Hosseini..I am completely smitten by the 2 female protagonists of the novel, Mariyam and Laila.. The story is set during the war era at Afghanistan from 1980s till 2000s..the period when women were subjugated beyond imagination..The most heart wrenching part was when in spite of so many restrictions and torture, the leading ladies exhibited immense courage..Some instances that would stay in my heart forever.. 1. In a city with only a single hospital for women, with no facilities and a single doctor, Laila, a 20 yr old girl, consents for a C-section without an anesthetist to save the life of her baby which was still in the breech position when her waters broke.. 2. As the severity of the war increased, it was bomb blasting all over and the family was pushed into extreme poverty..So Laila sends her first daughter to an orphanage . As per the laws imposed by the Taliban, no woman should walk alone in the streets without a male companion. Many a times, Laila would be forced to go alone as her abusive old husband wont bother to accompany her. She would be thrashed, pummeled in the streets and would be bleeding severely.. Still she used to wear layers of clothes to reduce the intensity of the pain to meet her daughter every other week. 3. When Mariam kills their demon husband, saves the life of Laila and gets executed in the gallows with a smile! One should read this novel especially during their weakest periods of life or when they are dissatisfied with the overall quality of their life..This story gives us hope and fills our heart with gratitude for what all god has blessed us with!..