Malala was shot by Taliban just because she rebelled. She fought back with pen and books. She fought for her right to study even when she was being threatened by the Taliban. What kept her alive in the bombing days was BOOKS. Taliban ruled Swat valley and gave out farmans (rules and order) which violated every human`s right. The thought of going to the school made Malala happy. Just the fact that she could read books and write gave her strength. She was shot for a cause that is close to her heart- Right to go to school. She started a spark for educational rights. It will soon turn into a fire that will engulf the Taliban. The book “I AM MALALA” will keep the flame alive for years to come. The book describes the journey of Malala and how a 14 year old girl who wished for books ended with a bullet in her head.
1) “Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
Pen is mightier than a sword. Books have the power to change the world. They enlighten people, make them aware of things. What differentiated Malala from the rest of the girls was she was a bookworm. She loved reading especially science because it taught practical things. If you have knowledge, no one can dupe you. When everybody around her was gullible enough to follow the orders, she stood up for her right to study. She knew no one can defeat them if they study. Even when the time came to leave her house, she wanted to take her books over clothes. Sadly there was not enough space and she left them with a heavy heart.
2) “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”
Malala would never have thought that one day she would give a speech in the UN assembly. It was her voice that made her popular and deserving to stand there at the podium with all the dignitaries. When Taliban tried to oppress them, banned them from going to school, tried to shut their voices down- then she raised her voice. She dared to go to the school. She declared on various news channels that it is her right and she will study for as long as she wishes. She raised her voice and took a bullet for it. But the bullet didn`t silence her. She continues to fight for the rights of women.
3) “I raise my voice-not so that I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard.”
Malala`s voice represents the agonies of all the girls in Pakistan. Her dream is that one day every girl holds a pen. As long as they are illiterate they will remain poor. Since a small age she started giving interviews. It involved risks but she did it. She braved the threats so that the world can take note of her and her voice reaches to the world. Had she been silent, the world would have never known Malala. The world would have been oblivious to the sufferings of girls in Pakistan.
4) “I don’t want to be thought of as the “girl who was shot by the Taliban” but the “girl who fought for education.” This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”
You will always be remembered for your actions and not what happened to you. Never become a victim of circumstances but fight them. Malala wants to be known for the cause which she fought for. Taliban was a bad chapter in her life. She wants people to know the work she was doing before the Taliban shot her. She is not just another girl. She is an inspiration. She wants to dedicate her life to fight for the rights of women. If she becomes the girl who was shot by Taliban, the purpose for which she took a bullet will be lost. She would become just another victim of Taliban. Her determination to go to school and study, her father’s efforts to open a school, her speeches against the Taliban- all will be overshadowed if people remember just the shooting and not her work.
5) “Life isn’t just about taking in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide.”
Life for women in Pakistan is limited. Taliban hovers around them 24*7. What they say, wear or where they go is decided by Taliban. Malala never wanted to live a life like this. She didn’t want to live a purposeless life. She wanted to read so many books, achieve so many things and visit so many places. She had dreams and aspirations. She wasn’t alive just for breathing; she was destined to inspire so many girls. She teaches us that if God has given us this life, we should make something out of it. Our actions should be in the betterment of a society. She didn`t take a bullet for herself. She took it on behalf of many other girls who want to study but cant. Her father opened the school despite an attack because he believed education is for everyone.
This book is a must read. Her struggles, her courage and her words will motivate everyone to study harder. Life is easier when you have education to support you. Money is temporary; it is the knowledge that stays with you forever.