Amazing Kids! Magazine

Thank You Arfa

By Kaustav Kashyap Das, Age 15, India


“If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only in the mind. If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident, you act confident.”

– Arfa Karim (1995-2012)

An article on someone’s life?! ((Yawn))…turn the page! That is what normally everyone of the present generation (including me!) does. It was a bizarre idea to me that how on earth can someone else’s life inspire me?! Also, never have I read more than 10-15 pages of a biography, but God had some other plans.

February 1st, 2013

Our C.C.A Quiz competitions were going on. From a question in the finals, the name of Arfa Karim, the teenage sensation who passed away at the age of 16 cropped up. Later I googled and saw her interview on PTV:

Interviewer: You had set a goal that you’ll receive worldwide fame and by God’s grace when you achieved this by becoming the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, you were just 9 years old.

Arfa: (in her killer cheerful tone) No! 9 years 9 months 11 days 6 hours 10 minutes 2 seconds!

She was such a lively and cheerful person and her fun filled side was wrapped in a layer of maturity unbelievable for her age. She was called by Bill Gates to U.S and in this meeting he asked her about the inequalities of women in Pakistan. She replied by instead stating and asking, “I’ve observed that there are very few women working in Microsoft, why?!!” The other people present there said that Bill Gates was more awestruck at her than she was at him!

She was also extremely talented in poetry. From light sentences like, “He is a very busy man/Sleeps 8 hours a day below the fan” (from the poem she gave to Bill Gates) to heavy, spiritual topics like, “Knowing that they (mankind) have to return to him (God), why do they not refrain from bad deeds.” (Translated from Urdu)

“Gol Gappey” was her favourite dish and she would bribe her mother by singing (in which also she was God-gifted) in return for “Gol Gappey.”

Even though at such a small age she had received so much fame, awards and titles like “Princess of Bill Gates,” she was just so humble and down to Earth and just like any other normal kid! Even when they went to village, when everyone complained about the water, she was never at discomfort, roaming around in tractors!!

Her dream was to use software as a tool for providing education in rural areas, start a “Digicon valley” and HRD centre in her country.

There is so much to learn from the small life of this girl. Thank You so much Arfa for inspiring me and permanently teaching me the purpose of life is a life of purpose.

If anyone wants to know more, please watch Arfa’s interview on ptv and “Princess of Bill Gates” as starters and like her official facebook page. If even a few begin to idolize her and get their lives elevated, I would feel so grateful that I’ve been able to repay to at least a small extent for all she has meant in my life. Thank You, Arfa! 🙂