Respected Ms. Deborah,
I am a 19-year-old girl from Lahore, Pakistan. I was born and bred in Pakistan. When I was much younger, my mother would bring me books written by Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I loved reading and my mother knew which books were best for my age. I never realized it, but subconsciously, these books altered my perspective towards life.
I graduated from high school in 2016. I was the youngest ever Head Girl in my high school in Grade 11 and also the Valedictorian on my graduation. Throughout high school, I read different kinds of books on a versatile range of topics, that enhanced and expanded my perspective on the world, history and current affairs. In fact, my favourite subject is History! So it shouldn't come as a surprise that most of the books I read, have much to do with it.
I am writing to you to THANK you for writing the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. Although I had read the Kite Runner before and Khaled Hosseini was my favourite author, this book spoke to me on a deeper level, perhaps because of its feminine (and optimistic) perspective. Coming from Pakistan, I tremendously appreciate how this book didn't just show the bad but also the good in a civilization which has been marked and labelled as one of the worst places to be alive in the world. Having some travelling experiences abroad, I know how prejudices, ignorance, lack of knowledge and misjudgments have shaped the West against the East.
However, you’re in depth knowledge of the Afghan culture made it seem like you knew Afghanistan as a country, better than Afghanis themselves. And that is something that happens very rarely in today's world, especially when a foreigner is involved. Your book took me in complete awe. I got it from a bookstore near my house and I plan to go there again to get the sequel.
I love writing and I plan to study political science and media and then maybe one day enter the sacred field of journalism. I like public speaking and writing, both, so this field seems to match my interests and ambitions. I hope that just like you, one day, I can bring change to the world I live in, through the use of words. I hope I can inspire people like you one day, the way you inspired me. You are the reason that people who say or think that 'mere words don't matter' are wrong.
I also aspire to someday perhaps write a book just like you did and naturally, cause controversy, which is an indication of the book being true to itself, and change the mindsets of people. Being an avid reader, I know that your book will make its place in history and in culture because of its unconventional content and the amount of love you put into it, which seems to radiate from every page.
I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you know, despite the staunch attitudes of many disapproving people in this part of the world, you have won the heart of a young Muslim girl who sees you as a revolutionary who brings out the best in Muslims in her books. If you ever visit Lahore, please let me know. I would love to meet you in person and ask you loads of questions, because who knows, I might possibly be a journalist by that time, InshaAllah.
Awaiting your response.