“I believe in standing up for myself ”
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