The Kite Runner's most adoring readers and also some of its most critical are Hosseini's fellow Afghan expatriates. Hosseini said in a 2003 interview, "I get daily e-mails from Afghans who thank me for writing this book, as they feel a slice of their story has been told by one of their own. So, for the most part, I have been overwhelmed with the kindness of my fellow Afghans. There are, however, those who have called the book divisive and objected to some of the issues raised in the book, namely racism, discrimination, ethnic inequality etc." In addition to the deep feelings Hosseini's first novel aroused in the hearts of fellow Afghans, it also spurred a more lighthearted response, the resurgence of interest in kite fighting in America. The American invasion of Afghanistan may have 'put Afghanistan on the map' for Americans, but The Kite Runner goes farther by giving a detailed, human account of life and survival there. Its author continues this service to the world by serving as an activist in addition to writing. Hosseini has said, "If this book generates any sort of dialogue among Afghans, then I think it will have done a service to the community." As we know The Kite Runner has sparked conversation among Afghans and countless other groups of people worldwide. It is not such a surprise to Hosseini's admirers that a physician, accustomed to caring for people's bodies, has made such a graceful transition to caring for their histories and spirits.
In Guyana , kites are flown at Easter, an activity in which all ethnic and religious groups participate. Kites are generally not flown at any other time of year. Kites start appearing in the sky in the weeks leading up to Easter and school children are taken to parks for the activity. It all culminates in a massive airborne celebration on Easter Monday especially in Georgetown, the capital, and other coastal areas. The history of the practice is not entirely clear but given that Easter is a Christian festival, it is said that kite flying is symbolic of the Risen Lord. Moore  describes the phenomenon in the 19th century as follows:
The pomegranate could also be an allusion to the Greek myth of Persephone. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, the harvest goddess. When Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, she is trapped in the underworld. Demeter causes all plant life to die, a mother too grief-stricken to do her job properly. Zeus, to save all plant life, intervenes and orders Hades to send her back to the land of the living, but because Persephone has eaten some pomegranate seeds in the underworld, she is compelled to spend as many months in the underworld as the number of seeds she has consumed. Some versions say she ate four pomegranate seeds, but in the version I remember from my childhood, she ate six. This is meant to explain our seasons, so many months of winter and so many months of summer. I don't know if the author had this ancient myth in mind, but it does seem apt in some ways, I think. Certainly, there is a level on which Afghanistan itself has become a dreadful underworld, taken over by evil, where nothing good can thrive, unlike the lush beauty of the boys' childhoods.