Many know Arfa Karim as the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, as a child prodigy or as an IT whiz kid, but how many of us knew her as a singer, a poet or as someone who would avoid studies?
An up close and personal interview with Arfa’s parents by ThinkTwicePakistan, reveals another side of her that people barely knew.
Her father tells the story of her life – an admirer of Allama Iqbal, Arfa loved poetry and wrote a poem for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates when she went to meet him.
Moved by her gesture, Gates wrote a small thanking note for her. He described her as the “other side of Pakistan,” but Arfa’s father, Amjad Karim Randhawa, differs from his views. He says, “This is Pakistan – Arfa is Pakistan.”
Despite crossing territorial bounds, Arfa was deeply attached to her roots. The video shows her pictures in which she is seen in the fields – sitting on a tractor, gathering the crop.
Her mother, Samina Amjad, explains how she never studied without music playing in the background. Her teacher also tells that she was hardly seen studying, but she scored six As in her O-levels.
Video rating: Thumbs up for showing us the other side of this visionary.
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