Corresponding with our celebrity role models is something all of us have wished for, at least once in our lifetime. Be it a personalised letter, a phone call, a mail
Corresponding with our celebrity role models is something all of us have wished for, at least once in our lifetime.
Be it a personalised letter, a phone call, a mail or even a tweet; the idea that someone you look up to, took time out from his or her super busy schedule to respond to you is probably enough for many of us to feel that our life’s purpose has been achieved!
But never would have 12-year-old Kulsum thought that her essay on JK Rowling would catch the attention of people from across the world, including the celebrated British novelist herself!
It all began when her teacher from the Haji Public School in the Breswana village of Jammu and Kashmir, posted the heartrending lines that the young girl had written about being inspired by Rowling’s life and her legacy on Twitter two months back.
— Sabbah Haji Done With This Place (@imsabbah) April 26, 2018
This was then retweeted by the school’s director, Sabbah Haji, who had tagged Rowling as well in the message, “Dear @jk_rowling. Kulsum, 12, a first generation English learner from the Himalayas would like to meet you someday. So come visit us at Haji Public School.”
What followed next will reinforce the love and respect you probably already have for the lady!
Please can you send me Kulsum's full name by DM? I'd love to send her something.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 26, 2018
Rowling immediately responded back to Baji’s tweet, asking for Kulsum’s full name and other details! While most of us will think that, that was the end of Kulsum’s correspondence with Rowling, be prepared for the sweetest thing ever.
HELLO, WORLD. SO @jk_rowling SENT A HUGE GIFT BOX FOR KULSUM AND FRIENDS. HANDWRITTEN NOTE, INSCRIBED BOOK, AND THIS IS ALMOST TOO MUCH TO HANDLE.
We are so thrilled and squeaky, I cannot even. Thank you so much, Ms Rowling. Thread below. #HajiPublicSchool https://t.co/X39EtCd9kn
— Sabbah Haji Done With This Place (@imsabbah) June 23, 2018
While Rowling, who is referred to as a ‘Queen’ by her fans, is renowned for having personally responded to messages and genuine requests from them on several occasions, it was nevertheless, really kind of her to send gifts for not just Kulsum but also for her entire class—all the way from UK to Kashmir through post—along with a personalised note for her biggest fan!
Here’s the video of a visibly elated Kulsum reading out the note from Rowling:
Heart-warming instances such as these are what make life worthwhile. We are sure that little Kulsum must be on cloud nine after receiving gifts from her role model and will cherish these for rest of her life.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)