I am Malala

Published: 26 October, 2013 01:16 IST | Kanika Sharma |

Unassuming, sagacious and powerful are adjectives that can be used to describe I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai co-authored with Christina Lamb

Merely 16 years old, Malala Yousafzai is no ordinary individual but a girl who speaks out against an extraordinary situation about the most basic things. Her belief in humanity is perhaps why she along with many historic figures seem incredible to the public and posterity.

Malala Yousafzai (R) gives a copy of her book to Queen Elizabeth II during a Reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth. Pic/AFP

From a slew of interviews and journalistic reports, one can easily glean that Malala, is an activist for girls’ education who hit the headlines worldwide when the Taliban attacked her. The narrative talks about the life of a girl in Swat Valley, who speaks of a religion and a system that she is inherently a believer of but still, sifts through the human and the inhuman constantly. The book underscores a lived account of the Taliban regime.

I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, Hachette, `399. Available at leading bookstores

Initially, the book reads more about Malala’s father that one feels flummoxed about but one is concurrently let into the most personal bond in her life. Ziauddin Yousafzai hails from a small village and is the son of a maulana who nurtures a dream to educate by setting up schools and proliferating equality.

Little did Ziauddin realise that he was upbringing an unusual worldwide role model who yearns to go back home, now that she is in Birmingham, and has immeasurable maturity to refuse to reply to the viral letter of Adnan Rashid.

No matter what kind of a reader you are recreational or introspective, Malala’s world offers a humane account interspersed with teenage attributes (love for vampires induced by reading Twilight) within a framework that is splashed with beheadings and suicide bombers.

Christina Lamb, an acclaimed political correspondent has orchestrated the activist’s voice with a precision that lets the book pick its pace, thought. While the title comes from the instance when just before being shot the gunman asks, ‘Who is Malala?’ our answer is the youngest nominee of Nobel Peace Prize and a contender to herald a bright future.

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