Recently Kulsum Bano Bhat a 12-year-old from Dado and studying in Haji Public School’s dream came true as the unexpected came her way in the form of a reply to a tweet from her favourite author JK Rowling.
Kulsum’s teacher working at a non-profit school organisation had posted a tweet with a picture of her essay on the famous author. She wrote, “I am not inspired by JK Rowling only because she writes well but also because she has faced many difficulties but didn’t give up.”
This got the director of the school Sabbah Haji to retweet that tweet while tagging JK Rowling and also inviting her to Doda where Kulsum studies writing that, “A first generation English learner from the Himalayas would like to meet you someday. So come visit us at #HajiPublicSchool”.
Little did they know that this tweet would catch the attention of the successful author and would initiate a reply from her. She wrote back saying that, “Please can you send me Kulsum’s full name by DM? I’d love to send her something.”
Sabbah Haji also expresses her happiness as she tweeted, “You are wonderful.” back to the author.
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Kulsum is the child of a farmer from Brewana and attends the non-profit institution located in Doda along with her younger brother. Kulsum says that “My brother is in Class III in the same school. I speak in English with him at home… in school, we all have to speak only in English”, as per a quote by The Indian Express.
She further adds, “Hermoine is my favourite character, she is intelligent” and that, “books make me happy. Whenever something makes me upset, I immerse myself in the wizard world and it always makes me feel better”. “Reading about her life gave me confidence that whenever we are in trouble, we can get up and be better again, just like she did in her life,” was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
JK Rowling is famous for writing the Harry Potter series and is one of the most successful writers in the world. She has been quite frank with her fans about her struggles in her earlier days and how Harry Potter was the source of her fuel when things were not going so well in the author’s life. She also has a non-profit organisation names Lumos set up to help the ‘disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world’.