13-Year-Old Aisha Esbhani’s Journey through Books around the World
For most of us reading a book is a way to pass time, however, some child prodigies are taking this hobby to a different level altogether. Thirteen-year-old Aisha Esbhani from Karachi is one such inquisitive teen who wants to read a book from every country in the world.
Now that’s a mission to die for! About a year ago, this avid reader was glancing through her bookshelf and that’s when it dawned on her that her collection only had books written by European and American authors. She wanted to explore the writings from African and Asian countries and with that intention, she set up this unique challenge for herself.
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Aisha took a vow to read a book or at least a story from every country in the world. In doing so, she took to Facebook (her handle is @reading197countries) and asked for recommendations from all around the globe.
In a Facebook post Aisha wrote, “After discovering that most of the books I read as a preschooler, as an adolescent, were by a British or North American author, I wanted to explore the writers of the African continent and the tiny islands in Asia. I wanted to explore the nations of which I had never read any books. I wanted to explore stories that had been translated into English.”
Such an incredible journey would not have been possible had she not got the support from the world over. She stays in touch with her followers through posts on her page, highlighting worthy resource for everybody, listing out books and stories she is reading and reviews of the books she read.
People from all over the world are following this book junkie’s passion and can’t miss a day without her reviews. Don’t believe us? On April 22, Eshbani posted an apology note to her fans for not having shared reviews because she was busy studying for her exams.
So who are in her fans’ list? Many readers, writers are attracted to her unique initiative and the president of Nigeria even shared with her his recommendations.
Aisha is the proof that there is no limit to learning. Her agility is remarkable and we hope you keep up the good work!
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