In one line, this autobiography is an awesome read. Once started, I never put it down, until I finished it. Along with the lives of the people of Pakistan, I came to know the face of 'Terrorism'. This post covers the story of Malala in brief and the way it is told in this book.
Book is about this real story of the innocence, bravery, desire for education and glory of a Muslim girl, who lived(later moved to Birmingham) in swat district of 'Khyber Pakhtunkhwa' province of Pakistan, a place that was and still is haunted by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. The demon of terrorism, in the name of Jihad, had taken many lives and now it had started to attack the school and innocent children.
|Malala Yousafzai (courtesy - The tribune)|
It wanted the muslim girls to stay inside their homes, forbidding education and schools for them by the imposition of so called ' the Laws of Islam'. I am sure that my last line doesn't qualify me to be litigated in the case of blasphemy, because again, I am sure that humanism is the greatest religion, and every other religion comes later. Malala choose the right thing, she refused to accept such nonsense laws, and became an activist to fight for the right of education of female.
This child of a brave father, who run a school of his own for the boys and girls alike, was brave enough to start writing the stories of the suffering of the people of the swat district. She started to post her message on an online BBC website, with a pseudonym 'Gul Makai'. Her articles became famous and world came to know about the suffering of the people, but within few months, everybody knew about the real Gul Makai.
Taliban, didn't hesitate to attack this mere15 years old aged girl and two other girls, with the firearms on 9th Oct 2012. Two men, stopped their school bus on the way back home, shot her near to her left eye from a point blank range. She got the help of two doctors from England, because the real God had planned something else. This girl didn't die, but endured the pain and won a Nobel Peace Prize at the mere age of 17, and became the youngest person ever to do so.
This book depicts the real Malala, her true character, that she loved to tease her younger brothers and indulge in sweet fights with her best friend. She loved to watch "Shaka Laka Boom-Boom", and keenly wanted to have a magic pencil to erase all the sorrows and pains of her people. She used to compete for taking the first position in her class, and loved her teachers. She is proud of her proud father, and loved him most in the whole world.
I can't describe it the way she has described herself, it makes me emotional to write about her. I think everyone must read this book, specially the children lovers. It is hard to imagine the children being raised at a place where the days and nights are echoed with the bomb blasts. The recent Peshawar massacre of 132 children at the Peshawar Army school, by the Taliban is the result of the toleration of these people, who call themselves Jihadis but don't know the real meaning of God.