Superb Blurb: I am Malala

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

Familiar yet foreign. Predictable yet unfathomable. Impressive all around.

I think everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life. The important thing is what you learn from it. That’s why I have problems with our Pashtunwali code. We are supposed to take revenge for wrongs done to us, but where does that end? If a man in one family is killed or hurt by another man, revenge must be exacted to restore nang (honor). It can be taken by killing any male member of the attacker’s family. Then that family in turn must take revenge. And on and on it goes. There is no time limit. We have a saying: “The Pashtun took revenge after twenty years and another said it was taken too soon.”

We are a people of many sayings. One is “The stone of Pashto does not rust in water,” which means we neither forget nor forgive. That’s also why we rarely say thank you, manana, because we believe a Pashtun will never forget a good deed and is bound to reciprocate at some point, just as he will a bad one. Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like “thank you”.


We human beings don’t realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love. As I found with my ear, no one knows how much power they have in their each and every organ until they lose one.


5 responses to “Superb Blurb: I am Malala

  1. Next on my non-fiction list. . .

  2. glad to hear it! hope you enjoy it. it’s a fast and engaging read with the first half of the book as a snapshot into her pre-teen day-to-day life building up to the second half shocking drama and tragedy and consequence.

  3. if you haven’t caught her on the daily show with jon stewart – you really should.

    she floored me.

  4. yep, saw that. she was very poised! after i read the book i realized that some of her answers were word-for-word already in the book. i guess she had those standard responses in her repertoire and would pull them out as needed. still, i certainly didn’t live through anything she has and also couldn’t pull that off as a teen!

  5. agreed.

    i was also struck by the level of conviction coming off this kid – really has me wondering what she’s got going on 20, 30, 40 years from now.

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