“I be­lieve in stand­ing up for my­self ”

WKND - - It's My Life -

Gul­me­hek khan, age 11, is the youngest pub­lished po­et­ess in the world. her first

col­lec­tion of 30 po­ems re­leased last month in the uae What is the num­ber one item on your wish list? To meet His High­ness Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum and gift my book to him, be­cause I ad­mire him a lot for the way he uses his mind and does things that gen­er­ally peo­ple can­not even imag­ine.

What good deed are you hop­ing to do to­day? Dur­ing lunchtime to­day, I hope to be friends with some­body who does not have any friend, so that he or she is not lonely dur­ing lunch and play­time.

What are you plan­ning to do next? And, as the youngest pub­lished po­et­ess in the world, which is your best work? I am now writ­ing a new se­ries of po­ems called The Ad­ven­tures of Fur­ball the Tiger,ge , whichc I ama hop­ing to get an­i­mated and sho own on TV. I be­lieve if we work hard, w with­out think­ing about the re­sult, succe ess will even­tu­ally fol­low. Of my c cur­rent col­lec­tion, I par­tic­u­larly like e three po­ems — Just You and Me, The Chub­byC Pump­kin, and Don’t Run Af­ter Suc­cess.S Just You and Me re­minds me off a very close friend I had; The Chubby Pu ump­kin is very cute; and Don’t Run Af­ter Suc­cess is the mantra I have al­ways follo owed.

Your favourite hang­out in the UA AE. My favourite hang­out is the Dubai Bowl­ing Cen­ter where I love to gog with friends, and the Rain­for­est Cafe e at the Dubai Mall, where I can sit in jun­gle sur­round­ings and en­joy my mea al while watch­ing the fish and the blue wa­ters of Dubai Aquar­ium.

The first thing you think about wh hen you wake up in the morn­ing. What I need to do in the day ah head, and also about hav­ing lots of fu n.

If you could have one su­per­pow wer, what would it be and why? I would like to be able to fly, asa I can then get around places a lotl quicker, beat­ing the Dubai traffi ffic! It would also help me travel to ot ther coun­tries, as my par­ents would only have to book tick­ets for them­selves. I would also no longer be scared of heights.

Your favourite movie char­ac­ter of all time, and why? My favourite movie char­ac­ter is that of Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Sal­man Khan in Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan.hai­jaan. Sa Sal­mana Khana is s not ot on­lyo y a a good good acto ac­tor, , but also a great per­son. He af­fects peo­ple in a good way be­cause he touches their hearts by his ac­tions and his kind­ness.

The app on your smart­phone you click on most of­ten. I do not have a smart­phone of my own, but my favourite apps on on my ipod Touch are the ga games es Icece Age Adventure and Boost 2 Lite.

What is the big­gest life les­son you’ve learnt in the last year r, and how do you plan to use it? Those who are hon­est are re­warded, and the dis­hon­est ge et pun­ished; I plan to re­mem­ber this and al­ways stay on the right path in life. I also be­lieve in st tand­ing up for my­self.

Who are you r favourite au­thors/ po­ets, and your big­gest insp pi­ra­tions? My favourit te is Wal­ter Far­ley, au­thor of The Black Stal­lio on, and my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion is my mother; she e has Parkin­son’s dis­ease, but she hasn’t let it over­comeo her, or given up fight­ing it, and looks s af­ter me with ut­most care, never let­ting me fe eel her pain.

— As told to staff re­porter

My Mother is My big­gest in­spi­ra­tion. she has parkin­son’s dis­ease, but hasn’t let it over­come her, or given up fight­ing it... she looks af­ter Me with ut­most care, never let­ting Me feel her pain

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