Book Review: I am Malala

Before starting my next read, I really wanted to reflect back on the book I just recently completed called “I am Malala” by Patricia McCormick and Malala Yousafzai. I must say that I was truly inspired, motivated and moved by this beautiful story of a young courageous girl and her family.

Malala Yousafzai as some of us already know is a brave gril from Swat, Pakistan who was shot by Taliban in face/ head while she was returning from her school with her classmates and friends in a mini bus. In this attack, Malala was a prime target yet two of other girls also got shot as they were sitting close to her on the bus when Taliban decided to show no mercy on this little girl. What did she do to get a bullet from an adult? Her crime was that she wanted to study and continue her journey to acquire education not only for herself but she also wanted her school to remain open so other young girls can also continue their studies.

In this well written memoir , an author takes the readers back in Malala’s life and introduce the readers to her beautiful and supportive parents, two young brothers and her friends not to forget her blessed relationship with her very understanding best friend.

The story revolves around how Malala and her supportive father didn’t held back when they saw wrong was happening in Swat, Pakistan. The author has provided brief political background too throughout the book to help the readers paint an image themselves about the situation Malala and the other young girls had to face while they wanted to continue their dream of keeping up with their education and schooling.

Having my background from Pakistan, I can relate to some parts of the book especially the comparison of teaching style in Pakistan and one in the West.

Till this day and after going through a tough and threatening journey back in Swat, Pakistan, Malala is still fighting for her campaign of girls education now on global level. “Malala’s Fund” is still ongoing and helping those areas and communities across the globe to set up education facilities for young generation.

I encourage young readers and everyone else to read this inspiring, uplifting true memoir of Malala.

It is not just a story of Malala and her journey in life, it is a story of survival and hope. It is a story of a how one girl used her “Magic Pencil” like a fairy with a magic wand to bring change in the world. As Malala herself has said, “Let us remember, one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world”. A must read.

Noor Reflection

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An appeal for a Rohingya boy treatment

Today I am writing this blog post for my Word Press community to bring their attention to a six-year-old Rohingya boy Omar Faisal who has a condition called Hydrocephalus. Up until a few months ago, I myself was not aware of this condition. According to medicine.net, Hydrocephalus is sometimes called “water on the brain.” The word “hydrocephalus” in Greek means “watery head.” This condition could be a birth defect or at times genetic. If diagnosed at very early stage it is curable but at a later stage the complications gets higher.

Omar Faisal is a young and brave Rohingya boy who has this condition from birth. His parents lived in Myanmar and there was no medical help for him over there. When he was one year old, his parents took him to Bangladesh but the cost of the treatment was too high and hence this kid went untreated.

#Hands4Rohingya (https://hands4rohingya.org/) is actively raising money to help this little boy get the treatment he deserves. They are still short on some funds. The team overseeing this project has put together an appeal to gather funds and to raise awareness around this great humanitarian cost.

I would like to help Hand4Rohingya team to gather the funds needed to help this Rohingya child. I strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to play freely and live a fulfilling life. I also believe that we can come together as a humanity and make this world a better place one-step at a time. Each action starts with one-step and I believe that language of love lasts forever.

Please click on the link below and donate towards this worthy cause. Even a small donation will help this child tremendously.

https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/omarfaisal

Please re-blog this blog post or share it on your Facebook to raise awareness and be part of this worthy cause.

For detail information please email hands4rohingya@gmail.com

 

Noor Reflection

#Hand4Rohingya #HelpOmarFaisal

 

 

 

 

 

Omar Faisal – A young Rohingya boy

Today I am writing this blog post for my Word Press community to bring their attention to a six-year-old Rohingya boy Omar Faisal who has a condition called Hydrocephalus. Up until a few months ago, I myself was not aware of this condition. According to medicine.net, Hydrocephalus is sometimes called “water on the brain.” The word “hydrocephalus” in Greek means “watery head.” This condition could be a birth defect or at times genetic. If diagnosed at very early stage it is curable but at a later stage the complications gets higher.

Omar Faisal is a young and brave Rohingya boy who has this condition from birth. His parents lived in Myanmar and there was no medical help for him over there. When he was one year old, his parents took him to Bangladesh but the cost of the treatment was too high and hence this kid went untreated.

#Hands4Rohingya (https://hands4rohingya.org/) is actively raising money to help this little boy get the treatment he deserves. They are still short on some funds. The team overseeing this project has put together an appeal to gather funds and to raise awareness around this great humanitarian cost.

I would like to help Hand4Rohingya team to gather the funds needed to help this Rohingya child. I strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to play freely and live a fulfilling life. I also believe that we can come together as a humanity and make this world a better place one-step at a time. Each action starts with one-step and I believe that language of love lasts forever.

Please click on the link below and donate towards this worthy cause. Even a small donation will help this child tremendously.

https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/omarfaisal

Please re-blog this blog post or share it on your Facebook to raise awareness and be part of this worthy cause.

For detail information please email hands4rohingya@gmail.com

 

Noor Reflection

#Hand4Rohingya #HelpOmarFaisal

 

 

 

 

 

I asked for help
He gave me strength to help others
I asked for guidance
He gave me prayers to light my path
I asked for peace
He gave me His words to find answers
I asked for justice
He gave me patience to place my trust in Him
I asked for happiness
He gave me a heart to be able to forgive others

Written by: Noor Reflection
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Book Review: Christina’s Ghost By Betty Ren Wright

Book Review: Christina’s Ghost by Betty Ren Wright

To me books are magical. They have the power to lift you up, take you to many exciting journeys, faraway lands, different worlds, and then bring you back with changed vision and new ideas.I like to read. For some of us reading means reading books only. To me reading is everything from cereal box label to twitter posts to online articles even road signs.A while back, I spotted a book with crumpled, torn covers, yellow crispy pages very loosely bound. The title attracted me “Christina’s Ghost” and I was compelled to read it. The book was written for young readers but hey reading is reading and so I read it.The book is written in a simple yet descriptive way. The story revolves around two sisters who initially planned to visit and stay with their grandma while their parents were on a trip. Their excitement faded away when they found out that grandma is hospitalized and now they are forced to go separate ways with their uncle and aunt.Christina who is more of a tomboy is forced to live with her uncle Ralph while he house-sits for his friend. During her stay with her Uncle Ralph in a Victorian Mansion located by the lake, her curiosity takes her to solve a mystery around the big beautiful but gloomy house. A ten year old, finds herself a “project” to solve a mystery behind a little boy in a sailors shirt and why he is sad? The story takes a very interesting turn when a ghost of a little boy appears to Uncle Ralph. The story takes the readers to a journey where both Uncle Ralph and Christina solve the mystery by following the clues found in a old newspaper article yet also strengthening their own bond from being strangers to becoming friends.In this 105-page book, Betty Ren Wright keeps the readers engaged and on their toes from solving the mystery, and to hold their breath when the cold winds from the attic finds their way out and what happens next.A relaxing yet thrilling read for the whole family.Book Review written by Noor Reflection
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