I am Malala : The story of the girl who stood up for education by Malala Yousafzai , Christina Lamb
A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
This is the story of how Malala Yousafzai stood tall, refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
I AM MALALA is a remarkable portrayal of a strong, determined girl and her supportive family who played a pivotal role in supporting and guiding her throughout her incredible journey!
Two major takeaways from this book were firstly Gratitude, I’m immensely grateful for the education I’ve received thus far and I’m continuing to receive without any hassle or struggle! When you read the book you can only imagine how tough the struggle for education was and the untiring efforts of Malala and her father for the same.
Secondly, I’m Inspired
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
I’ve always been someone who doesn’t speak out much, I feel strongly about a lot of things but keeping my thoughts to myself will do no good. I’ve learnt that the cause you are fighting for is way greater and more important than the inhibition that is stopping you! So the next time I second guess myself and ask the questions (What if it doesn’t work? What if I’m made fun of? What will others think?) I’ll just say it’ll be worth it and just the thought of Malala will crush all my inhibitions.
The book has two parts, in the first half we get a glimpse of her childhood, what it is like to grow up in Swat (a northern valley in Pakistan) and some history of the region and events that ultimately led to the shooting. The second half is about the events following the incident. I highly recommend everyone read this wonderful book.
As women, we tend to let others limit our vision and underestimate our potential. Malala didn’t let that happen and neither should any of us.
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your lives, because you become what you believe. “ – Oprah Winfrey.
Like everyone else I had heard about Malala’s story, her fight for universal education and how she is the youngest winner of Nobel Peace Prize. Having finished this book now I feel like I actually know Malala and what she underwent in order to have this massive impact. I have great admiration for her and I would love to meet her someday! This powerful first-hand account of Malala’s story is inspirational not only to young girls in Swat but to everyone who is willing to fight for a cause and facing whatever obstacles that come their way.