9-year-old novelist emerges from Lahore

Published: March 19, 2012

LAHORE: In a country like Pakistan where many children are deprived of basic education, one girl from Lahore has achieved something extraordinary.

Aiman Waheed, a nine-year-old girl from Lahore, has written and published a 64-page novel titled “The Dangerous Pet” which is available in the local market.

According to her family, Aiman has always been into reading books and completed her novel in a span of four months.

“I kept jotting down my ideas in the form of points. And when I started writing, the story just went with the flow,” the young author said.

The sixth-grader has already started working on her next novel which would be a mystery story.

Reader Comments (22)

  • Mar 19, 2012 - 6:18PM

    MasAllah what a great talent

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  • Zavia
    Mar 19, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Lahore … Lahore hey!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:13PM

    This is another extreme..let this child have a normal, care free, happy life. Its too early for her.

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  • Enjoy childhood
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:36PM

    A nine year old is a kid. She should be allowed to enjoy her childhood and grow like a normal child, rather than be pressured by her family to perform miracles to seek fame. You only get to have a childhood once in your life. There will be enough craziness to deal with in life once she grows up.Recommend

  • Nas
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @ Ch Allah Daad: This care free attitude has landed us no where. Let children be responsible from thevery beginning. Some children has gifted talents like the one reported here. Its not something someone has forced her to do.

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  • Fauzan Naeem
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Why assume she is being pressurized into writing ?
    It’s an incredible thing to do at this age indeed, but if this is what she likes doing, so be it.

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  • Ayesha Pervez
    Mar 19, 2012 - 9:52PM

    This is amazing…. mashaALLAH… so proud of you Aiman :)

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 19, 2012 - 10:32PM

    @ Nas, I had great fascination for mountaineers but when a 13 year old boy (Jordan) climbed Mount Everest, I lost all the respect for mountaineers and now for novelists. In today’s world with most sophisticated equipments and resources, no achievement should surprise us. This little girl could have more knowledge than her grade 6 teacher, but can she replace her too.

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  • Ali
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:24AM

    If she is 9 then she will also grow up to be amongst the tallest women in the world

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  • Atiq Buzdar
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:29AM

    Writing a novel at a tender age of 9 is a great achievement on part of Aimen Rahman Baloch. If a child describes rain as the “Tears of the Leaves- Pattay Ro rahay hain” that really is an indicator that she is all set to make a mark at national literary scene. No doubt she has claimed the title of “Youngest novelist of Pakistan” and Aimen deserves an applause. With “The Dangerous Pet” published and two more novels up her sleeve she is already aiming for a level high. To me its a moment of pride that the young Pakistani Lady is destined to step in shoes of Bapsi Sidhwa.

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  • Sarah
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Dude, appreciate! Should all the kids in the world stop doing things just because you lose respect for adults? Seems like it’s your problem, not the children’s problem.

    She does not behave like she was forced to write a novel. Her parents are teachers and she loves books. It’s pretty natural for her to write. It’s amazing that she had enough discipline to complete a novel and the good luck to have it published. We should be proud of our newest generation!

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  • Optimist
    Mar 20, 2012 - 2:46AM

    Can anyone guide this girl’s family to publish her novel in Amazon Kindle Format.
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    She could become millionaire ($) if her novel is good. All they need to do is to search ‘Publish on Amazon Kindle’. Its e-format and Novel will be ready in minutes for sale!!!!
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    Keep the price $2.99 OR just 0.99 cent and people ALL OVER THE WORLD will be able to buy instantly.

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  • komal
    Mar 20, 2012 - 4:43AM

    wow, this gives me hope for the future of pakistan :)

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 10:15AM

    This story raises great hopes of a huge demographic dividend in Pakistan.

    Pakistan has the world’s sixth largest population, seventh largest diaspora and the ninth largest labor force. With rapidly declining fertility and aging populations in the industrialized world, Pakistan’s growing talent pool is likely to play a much bigger role to satisfy global demand for the workforce of the 21st century and contribute to the well-being of Pakistan as well as other parts of the world.

    http://www.riazhaq.com/2011/10/pakistans-expected-demographic-dividend.html

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  • Tahir Syed
    Mar 20, 2012 - 6:49PM

    It’s the first sign of a genius. She may well grow into another Bapsi Sidhwa or Arunditti Roy. Best wishes for Aiman.

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  • Javaid-ur-rahman
    Mar 21, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Aimen Rahman is my niece, she has never been forced ‘to write novel to seek fame’. All she performed as per her own will. Rather, novella “The Dangerous Pet” which is available in the local market published bit late, as two year have elapsed since the creation.I wish her all the best.

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  • Reporter
    Mar 21, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Great achievement. There’s no shortage of talent in Pakistan. The youngsters need to be encouraged for flourishing their literary skills. Healthy extra curricular activities are as important as academics. Well done keep it up!

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  • tariq mehmood
    Mar 24, 2012 - 11:48PM

    Its more than great…I read this novel its very interesting..i wish her all the best..

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  • Sahrish
    Mar 29, 2012 - 1:24PM

    I wish a very best of luch Aimen….May God bless you a cloud kissing success. Keep enlightening the name of your country and GO BREAK A LEG…!

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  • Huda
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:40PM

    Good luck girly :)! Great job.
    As far as the notion of ‘childhood and enjoyment’ is concerned, I suppose as long as a child is happy and willingly doing something that he/she wants to, then it’s not really ruining the fun and frolick of childhood.

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  • usmanx
    Apr 5, 2012 - 11:07PM

    We are all proud of you sweetheart.

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  • Ayesha Noor
    May 14, 2012 - 1:16PM

    A incridible novelist, indeed i love to listen this that a young novilest is there in lahore. This is a very apreciable thing and a big achivement and i think this would be a proudness for her parents

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