Features » Young World

Updated: November 18, 2013 18:42 IST

Stand up for education

Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  
I am Malala, the Girl who stood up for Education and was shot by the Taliban
I am Malala, the Girl who stood up for Education and was shot by the Taliban

The story of Malala is at once endearing and heartbreaking. Told as a simple narrative it pulls at the heartstrings with every line.

“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. I was shot by a Taliban bullet and was flown out of Pakistan unconscious. Some people say I will never return home but I believe firmly in my heart that I will. To be torn from the country that you love is not something to wish on anyone.”

So begins the Prologue: The Day My World Changed. This is the story of Malala. The dedication in the front is strong and calls out to other girls who have been suppressed. It reads: To all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced. Together we will be heard.

Told in first person by it speaks of the events that lead up to that fateful day October 9, 2012. Why was Malala targeted? She was a campaigner for peace in the Swat valley and also for the right of girls to go to school.

Growing up

The book is in five parts — the life of Malala from the time she is born. The very first line is touching. She says, “When I was born, people in our village commiserated with my mother and nobody congratulated my father.” Under no circumstance was a girl child a welcome addition to the family.

Malala is a fighter. Her story brings out her courage and determination and the indefatigable spirit within her. She studies in Kushal School. A school founded by her father.

She loves to be there. She describes the entrance to her school — “For us girls that doorway was like a magical entrance to our own special world”.

She talks of her life in Swat Valley and through all the difficulties — the weather, the crime, the Taliban, the strictures…she finds a silver lining.

The book is simply written and every page is riveting. The descriptions are vivid and paint dramatic pictures. This is a story of a fighter. She was shot on a Tuesday and by Thursday her family were convinced she would die. However, with intervention from top doctors and specialists, by Thursday she was airlifted to Rawalpindi. From there she was moved to Birmingham.

The story ends on a positive note: The new year of 2013 was a happy one when I was discharged from hospital…

I AM MALALA, The Girl Who

Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban, Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb,

Hachette, Rs. 595

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Reporter Alerts

WorldView with Suhasini Haidar

Extreme outcomes in the Great Game over Ukraine

The shooting down of MH17 is one of the most horrific consequences of the latest version of the "Great Game".

Free for all

An Uncritical Eye - "The World Before Her"

It’s a telling commentary that the media groups blacklisted any news on the film and the VHP chose to make it more popular!

The new movie is a thriller about an American woman who goes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy. »

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group

The aim of the research report by Tridivesh Singh Maini is to examine the approach of the political leadership, as well as the business community, in three ‘border States’ towards India-Pakistan ties.This paper has sought to look at a number of factors, which include politics, economics as well as security issues.Read Article »

  • facebook Facebook
  • twitter Twitter


More Resources »

Sunday Magazine

More Sunday Magazine »

Friday Review

More Friday Review »


More Habitat »

Young World

More Young World »



Recent Article in Young World

The construction of the bridge took eight years, and on June 30, 1894, the bridge was opened to the public.

Landmark on the Thames

The Tower Bridge in London turned 120 on June 30 this year! Know more about this magnificent structure that stands majestically over the Thames. »