June 4, 2023


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Bookish Love of two schoolgirls

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A heartwarming real-life story of two sisters who loved books in life, and in death.

Very often we come across stories that leave us spellbound and make us question humanity.

One such story is of two cousins Marzia and Hazar Mohammadi. At 16 years of age, they dreamt of becoming architects and writers like any other teenager. But their dreams were cut short by a blast at the Kabul Education Centre in September 2022. When they were buried next to each other on the outskirts of Kabul, the family members also buried some of their favourite books with them.

After their death, their family found many diary entries written by both of these youngsters about their dreams for a beautiful future. It included things like meeting bestselling author Turkish author Elif Shafak, visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and eating pizza among many others. Their uncle happened to share some of these pictures with his thoughts on social media, which then went viral.

Initially, the siblings of these two cousins used to drop books on their graves. Soon they found strangers leaving books there too. Some in Persian, some in English, some new, and some used. With the number of books increasing daily, the siblings decided to construct a library dedicated to the sisters next to their graves.

With an artist pitching in to design the murals of the shelves carved from an old cupboard, this library is left unlocked most of the time. Just to provide uninterrupted access to the two dozen books it holds within. Just their way of showing how much they loved books that even in death, they chose to be surrounded by them.

You can read the original story HERE.