Author Gives Voice to Students with Learning Difficulties

Musart Ellaahi is the published author of an inspirational work of fiction entitled, ´´Elaynna.´´ She wrote it following a personal experience and after having noticed the need to address students´ learning challenges. Ellaahi is also a motivational speaker. During our interview, she revealed her quest via ´´Elaynna,´´ her advice to aspiring authors and why she dedicates her novel to Malala:

R. Tell us about your book ´´Elaynna.´´

M. Elaynna is about a little girl who has learning difficulties and these are overlooked as her being called ‘lazy’ or a ‘retard’. Elaynna wants to learn and do something, but whenever she is faced with studies, she’d rather do physical work because its easier to do housework than to get beatings from your teachers. The story provokes the cultural backgrounds of a Pakistani Village where learning difficulties are not recognized.

R. What inspired you to write the book?

M. Many things inspired me to write the book. I dreamed of being an author ever since I could

Musart Ellaahi

learn to read or write. The story came to me after growing up with observing a family member who isn’t able to read and write.

R. Can we see hints of Musart in the book or character, ´´Elaynna?´´

M. Yes, I feel there are many parts of my character that are portrayed in the story throughout a few of the characters. I would say that the most similar character to me would be Jannat who plays Elaynna’s grandmother.

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R. What is your reader target? What message do you hope your readers to get from the book?

M. My reader target would be anyone who would like to read a story of the realities of those who have to work harder than others in order to achieve a ‘normal’ lifestyle for themselves. Readers who have come from similar backgrounds of hard parenting or limited access to resources, would relate to the story best.

R. You dedicated the book to Malala. This is different than usual personal dedications to family members. Do you know her or have you met her?

M. I dedicated the book to Malala because she is one person who is trying to make education a normal thing in this world and its access being available to all girls around the world. My story is based on a lost education for Elaynna, hence why I would love to support those who don’t have the ability to go to school or get special help for their learning difficulties. No, I have not yet met Malala Yousafzai, however I did send her a copy of my novel with my signature and she replied with a pleasant email. I do hope to meet her one day, Insh´Allah.

R. What advice do you have for aspiring authors.

M. The advice I would give is to never stop writing. One writer gave me the best advice and that was if you want to be a writer, just write, it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not, just do word for word, play with the words and soon, you will have a page, then a chapter and eventually, a book! Then, you go back and read it over and over again and see how you can improve each sentence that you have written. Another advice I would give is make a pact of writing at least 500 words a day, set aside some time alone where you wont be disturbed. Then, within a year, you would have completed a book. Also, look forward to the writing part, use it as a escapism where you are the director of where the story will follow, explode your imaginations like never before.

R. How can we get our hands on your book/ebook?

M. You can either order directly from me, on kindle or in print-format from various vendors. Type in Elaynna, Musart Ellaahi, in Google and you will be brought to many book vendors that have my book.

R. Do you have other writing projects at the moment?

M. Yes, I have a few in the pipe line, I have written a few short self-help books, which can be bought from www.motivationwithmusart.com and also, that is where I write daily blog entries.

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

Published Author, Poet and Journalist. Born in Bangladesh, raised in USA, lived in UK and now in, Sweden. Married and mother of two daughters, Alhumduilillah.

2 Comments
  1. Very interesting, inspiring and very useful practical tips for new writers like me. I can relate to it somehow as I am a slow learner, no one knows about it, even I found it myself recently after so many years of hard work and studies. I am very fond of writing too but did not know how to do it. I like your tips how to start it. Thanks you and jazakallah for sharing

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