‘I am Malala’ ..By Malala Yousafzai…A book review by Simran Kahani…..
I have just finished reading this book by 16 year old Malala . The story of Malala is mainly based in North Pakistan/Swat Valley. I found the read full of faithful detail surrounding the lives of ordinary people , of Malala’s fight to maintain her and other childrens education…admist the Taliban’s anarchy and desire to rule every movement of people’s lives. Malala’s father’s brave and courageous stand for his community..the children their families and leaders…. trying to maintain peace for their families,and education for some of the poorest children in the world…This book is an amazing read. Malala’s fathers support to Malala is heartwarming,to read of a father and daughters relationship where education and love and family are interwoven…was just amazing. There is humour despite the difficult things that the family went through,courage as I have never seen before in a community ridilled with the Taliban. Malala’s injury from the bullet shot through her eye and shoulder was just one part of this book, the story of Malala was long installed in the lives of people in her region and rest of Pakistan and the world..Malala had been campaigning for the right to education for girls for many years before she was shot. Not least I learnt/glimpsed into the terrors faced by ordinary people with the Taliban, Pakistan’s political history and political unrest over many years for Pakistan..as \I have not done so before…people who faced many dilenmas…. such as…. not only whom to support but also whom to be afraid of. The book speaks I believe of the truth of what happened and more. Malala also captures the wisdom that is possible in a youth, wisdom that can form our earliest ethics and morals,to persevere for justice from our earliest love and feel for what this should be…its all truly there. I wish Malala and her father mother and her 2 young brothers all the happiness that they so deserve, and hope that the Malala fund will reach girls who not only want education but who will be Malala’s of the future teaching their daughters of the importance of education for girls.
Thankyou Chweetgurl for the update on the books, excellent reviews x
Some of books i have read and worth recommend
1) Beauty – Beauty – in both name and appearance – is a twenty-year-old Bangladeshi, back in England having shocked her family by fleeing an abusive arranged marriage. Now she is forced onto the jobseekers’ treadmill.
Her fractious encounters with officialdom, fellow claimants, strangers and passers-by in the city streets, exacerbated by the restrictions (and comfort) of her language and culture, place her at the mercy of such unlikely helpers as Mark, a friendly, dog-owning ex-offender, and Peter, the middle-class underachiever on the rebound from a bitter relationship.
Such ‘white’ influences conflict with the pressure to toe the family religious line, enforced by her older brother, but enable Beauty to understand better how free will and parental care affect her personal destiny in fragmented inner-city England today.
2)The Association of Foreign Spouses: Their Hopes Lay in the Friendship They Shared
Marriage to a handsome Ghanaian architect has brought Eva far from the quiet English countryside. Alfred had made it sound heavenly but the hardship drained her of vitality and the foreign culture bewildered her. But Eva has her friends ? Dahlia, Yelena and Margrit ? all of them strangers in a foreign land, who rely on each other to fill the gaps left by distant relatives. When a sudden coup unnerves everyone, and Eva’s relationship with Alfred begins to unravel, The Association of Foreign Spouses discover that there are dark sides to their lives and that they must scheme and deceive to protect themselves and their families. Set in Ghana in the turbulent eighties, The Association of Foreign Spouses is a story of a group of women who live in a land that at times defeats them, amongst people who often disappoint and baffle them. Yet through their trials and hardships, the women support each other, unified by their foreignness, as ultimately, they are wooed by this strange place that they come to call ‘home’.
Recommended reading and recent reviews :
1.’ Dessert Flower’ by Waris Diri…This is a an autobiography, giving insight into FMG and how this is perceived in dessert communities,Somalia. Waris has written 2 books following this which are also very good. Diri ran away from her father because of forced marriage proposal. She shows great courage and seeks to be reunited with her beloved Somalia and her family. An advocate for fight against FMG on an international scale. Diri has an Incredible strength and love for her people and culture.
2. ‘Slave’ by Mende Nazer…..a true story of a sudanese girls enslavement by arabs . Mende came from a desert family/community and recalls her life with her family in amazing detail, how this was taken from her after raiders on horseback swept her village. Mendes was 12 yrs old. Her journey to survival and how she coped in told with with indomitabel spirit.
3 ‘Unimagined’….A beautiful picture growing up in a strange culture,the end result is unforgettable. Imran grew up in Britain in the 70’s,his honest account of how he felt about things like religion,racism, self, all add to our understanding of each other. The style and sense of humour in this book really help in dealing with some serious issues.
Simran’s Link has been busy looking at a range of titles for readers on the topics that you might be interested in..these will be going up shortly …Until then…please feel free to add to these over the months, any that you have found interesting or think that readers should know about…
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