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I am a class 12 student(Humanities) in K V Pattom(shift 1).

Three Bullets and the Story of Perseverance

“I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died, it was just after midday.”

80ba698508f76288e82c306520908022The book titled ‘I am Malala’ is the autobiography of Malala Yousufzai, the 14 year old girl who has drawn worldwide attention for her journey through 3 bullets fired by Taliban, while striving to ensure access to education as a birthright of all children. She hails from Swat valley, a remote valley in northern Pakistan.

The book is actually written by Christina Lamb, a foreign correspondent, during direct interviews with Malala on her hospital bed after her miraculous recovery out of death in Queen Birmingham Hospital, London. Published in 2013, the book is worthwhile for both adults and children and especially for the entire youth with its vibrancy to get determined to bring about changes in this beautiful world for the better.

Even when her land is in turmoil due to the dwelling of Taliban, when she writes about her native valley, she describes it as the most beautiful place in the world. It is her intense love towards her land that is evident when she says, ” Swat Valley is a heavenly kingdom of mountains, gushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes.”

Even at this age, she holds clear awareness and mature opinions on the political, cultural, social and economic situations prevailing in her country.She has convincing and pacific arguments when she fights for education to all children. Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, a man of virtue, has played a major role in transforming Malala’s life.

The most inspiring trait that I felt about Malala is her perseverance. Even when she was sure about being attacked by Taliban, as she was attending interviews in a Pakistani local channel, she confidently spoke against the rule of Taliban and denial of access to education to girls. rather than engulfing as such how people interpret their children, she teaches us to interpret our religion by repeatedly approaching our conscience and answering its questions. In this world, when even when elders do not insist on being educated and on educating all children, a 14 year old was ready to sacrifice her life while championing universal access to education.

While being seated in our classrooms, listening to our teachers, it is worth remembering that thousands of children are forcibly denied education and are not able to sit inside a room and read their books. The fact that pleased me the most was her wisdom when she says that if she comes to meet a Taliban militant who comes to kill her, she would first patiently talk to him about the misunderstandings that he holds and make him understand the importance of ensuring education equally to boys and girls.

There was never an instance when she was traumatized, instead each of the 3 bullets that pierced her body really multiplied her courage and will-power. As the youngest ever nominee for Nobel Peace Prize, she believes that Taliban has actually made her struggle global. She is a modal for what every girl in this world should be. The heroine in her kept me close to this book. There can never be a better statement to end the book:

“I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.”

-Aswathy Venugopal

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Words from fire

Traditional Pashto couplet:
Rather I receive your bullet riddled body with honour
That news of your cowardice on the battlefield.

Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations.

Malala addressing the United Nations

Malala says,
“Over the last year I have seen many other places, but my valley remains to me the most beautiful place in the world. I don’t know when I will see it again but I know that I will.”

” Today I looked at myself in a mirror and thought for a second. Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself. So I offered the hundred raakat nafl that I had promised if I grew.”

I love my God.I thank my Allah.I talk to him all day. He is the greatest. By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities. Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country-this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world.

To sit down on a chair and read all my books with all my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish.

These words helped me the most to see through this brave girl. This helped me to believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire the change in the world. A life void of taking risks is not a life worth living.Fear will drive you into fear and fear and fear… If a 14 yr old girl can withstand the threat of Taliban,then youth can miraculously withstand the threat of illiteracy, poverty and deprivation.

One Child, One Teacher, One Book and One Pen can change the world.

Aswathy Venugopal

I Am Malala: Inspire the change

I Am Malala

I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died, it was just after midday.One year ago, I left my home for school and never returned”.

The book sets off with the prologue titled ‘The day my world changed’ of which the first sentence is this .

  • It is a unique autobiography of a 14 year old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai who scared death to death while fighting for her right to education that was denied to hundreds of girls like her in Swat Valley by Taliban. She describes the story of her family since her birth.Any reader is going to be fascinated by the wisdom and realisation she holds at this age.
  • She is named after Malala of Maiwand, the greatest heroine in the history of Afghanistan. Her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, the only man of his kind is stored with courage to the brim without which ‘Malala’ would not have been possible. She grew up hearing the lullaby that her father used to sing:

O Malalai of Maiwand, Rise once more to make pashtuns understand the song of honour, Your poetic words turn worlds around, I beg you, rise again.

Further,she explains Pakistan in its real sense.

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Aswathy Venugopal