THE MYSTERY GIRL
Rosina S Khan
This ebook is about the impressive and extraordinary biography of a girl named
Pinky. Starting right from her birth, through her education and career, along with
friends, colleagues and a family, the author portrays the image of an imposing and
graceful girl, who is an able and competent person, rising up to the challenges of
life and overcoming them as well in the passage of a little time. “How does she
manage it all?” – A question that arises in everyone’s mind and hence, the title of
Pinky as “The Mystery Girl”. Well, the answer simply lies in the fact that she is
talented with especially fine qualities and partly, because it is in her genes and
partly, because of the values, teachings and train-ups of her most amazing parents.
In order to know Pinky in more depth and details, I encourage you to follow up a
merry reading, dear reader.
- Rosina S Khan
Copyright © 2015 by Rosina S Khan.
All rights reserved. No part(s) of this ebook may be used or reproduced in any
form whatsoever, without written permission by the author.
-------------------------TABLE OF CONTENT----------------------
PINKY COMES TO THIS WORLD .............................. 4
PINKY HAS A SISTER ................................................... 6
PINKY IN SCHOOL ........................................................ 8
PINKY’S NEW LIFE ..................................................... 10
PINKY ON FURTHER EDUCATION ......................... 12
PINKY ON HER JOB CAREER .................................. 15
PINKY FINALLY ABROAD ........................................ 16
PINKY’S COMEBACK ................................................. 19
A REVEALATION FROM THE AUTHOR ................ 22
RECOMMENDED READING...................................... 23
-----------------------Pinky Comes to this World--------------------
A young woman in her early twenties was in labor, trying to give birth. Her
husband was patiently, yet anxiously waiting outside. Soon the yelling cries of the
baby could be heard. The husband was called in and yes, it was a girl!! It was
another day at the hospital before the couple set out for their sweet home with their
blooming family. Yes, she was the first born.
Daddy of the girl soon set out for buying sweets and sent them out to every home
of the colony. Dresses, food and cards came in flooding from the colony homes in
return. Yes, the couple was very happy.
It was high time to name their baby. Daddy looked again at the baby and remarked,
“Her cheeks are so pinky!! Let’s name her Pinky.” Mommy agreed.
So a girl by the name Pinky came to this planet earth. What challenges and
momumental happiness lay in front of her? Her story starts right from here.
She is well fed and grows to be a healthy baby. She has rich fruits like papaya from
the garden which has been grown with so rich manure by Daddy that Pinky grows
to be much more than being just healthy. Also, she has drops of vitamin in her
Cow & Gate milk. So, that also accounts for her obesity. Mommy read in a babies’
book which said: “If your baby doesn’t fall sick within the first year of her life, she
is going to be healthy and immune to sickness for life”. This was inportant
information for Mommy, and both Mommy and Daddy made sure their little angel
did not fall ill during the first year of her life.
Soon Pinky grows up to a bit more. The family’s servant gives her a ride on a cycle
that has a back seat. Mommy always makes beautiful dresses with her own hands
and makes Pinky wear them when she gets on a ride on the cycle. Oneday her dress
was so fanciful that child boys, a little older than her exclaimed, “Here comes the
By this time, Daddy also offers to give little Pinky rides in his Volkswagon car
when on errands. And Pinky enjoys it all very much. So far so good. It was a
happy world for her. Here is a picture of growing baby Pinky.
----------------------------Pinky Has a Sister--------------------------
All this time, Pinky was the soul attention of the family. She liked and enjoyed
every bit of it. But somehow, all of that was shattered when Mommy and Daddy
got a second newborn to home. Pinky was curious about touching her and
especially her eyes, to see if she was for real, or she was only just like her other
Pinky did not like the fact that her sister was gradually getting all the attention of
the family and started to feel neglected. When mommy would try to feed milk in
bottle to her sister on her lap, Pinky demanded her share of mommy’s lap. When
her sister was placed in the cot, Pinky would climb the cot and try to reach inside
to attack her!!
But there was a dramatic change in these circumstances when Pinky turned out
three. She knew she was the older sister and therefore, started taking great care of
her. She baby sitted for her, played with her, became her best friend and protected
her. Wow how responsible!!
They would always hold hands together and walk or ride wherever their parents
took them out, either for lunch/dinner parties or simply just for an outing in the
envirinment outside. As you can see, their bond was so strong that noone could
tear them apart. After all, they differed in ages by just 1 year 1 month.
Gradually, Pinky’s world once more started to lighten up. Daddy got a brand new
taperecorder and as he played songs, Pinky and her sister would dance as they
wished, or just lie down and fall asleep. The most exciting thing about this brand
new object Pinky realized was how come it could record their own voices and play
them out exacly in the same way she spoke or sang. The other interesting thing she
found in those of her childhood years was the camera with which Daddy took
photos of her solo, and also with her sister. Her sister was not so interested about it
at all and she hated to wait for the camera to click and always tried ways to escape.
On the other hand, Pinky liked to pose in different styles in the lonesome balcony
hidden by trees and tree shades and seeing this enthusiasm in her, Mommy made
sure she wore different dresses each time and Daddy was always eager to click her
-----------------------------Pinky in School----------------------------
On one weekend, Mommy and Daddy asked Pinky,”Would you like to be in
school?” Pinky remarked,” What is that?” They said, “It is a place where you
learn new things.” Pinky asked, “Will they let me draw pictures?” Daddy
replied,”Why not? They will even give you free drawing paper, and colored
pencils to color your drawings.” Pinky was over the moon. She excitedly replied,
“Really? I would love to go to school!!”
Then the day arrived. Both Pinky and her sister, ready with their school bags set
out to walk to the school in the vicinity of their area along with their parents. The
family came to the choice of their destination a while later and went inside. All
along, Pinky was walking fast and almost running ahead of her family blissfully.
Soon they met the headmistress of the school, and after her parents talked a while
with the headmistress, Pinky sensed an air of negativity in her surroundings.
Although the headmistress was very cordial towards her, seeing her immense
enthusiasm, Pinky wondered what the problem was. The family was soon heading
towards home. Pinky could not hold her inquisitiveness. She asked, full of sad
curosity, “Didn’t they like me? Why can’t I be in school?” Mommy replied,
“Nothing to worry about. You have to be six before you can get to grade 1.” In
those days, in the area where they lived, there was no kindergarten or playgroup
unlike as they are nowadays. Pinky was extremely disappointed with Mommy’s
answer because it didn’t make sense to her then how age could be a factor.
Years rolled by, with Pinky thoroughly enjoying the parties, festivals, birthdays,
picnics, and simply outside strolls. Yes, now it was the good right time for Pinky to
attend school in grade 1 at age six. While her Dad took her all the way to school
and admitted her and she sat there in the in the classroom, along with a bunch of
little boys and girls, she terribly missed her then best friend, her sister. Her sister
couldn’t be in school yet because she had just turned five. Little was Pinky to
know how much she was going to love her school and what great friends she was
about to make. Yes, the best was yet to come.
-----------------------------Pinky’s New Life---------------------------
As far as her memory goes, the first day at school in grade 1 was all about getting
drawing books, notebooks, colored pencils, crayons and what not!! It was also
about fun games and amusement. The next day began with little bits of science,
math and art. Teachers contributed the lessons in a story tale manner. So Pinky
couldn’t get what she should grab or there were any lessons at all to learn. They
even gave away free textbooks to read which she put inside her bag. She updated
all her story tales to her mom when she got home by school bus. Mommy was
clever to understand what was being taught in school from Pinky’s conversations
with her. A year passed away and Pinky’s mother helped her all along with her
studies, homework and art projects. Daddy also tried to teach her some of the
stuffs. But mom understood that since he was a professor of graduate students at
the university, it was very hard to for him to come down to her little first born’s
level of understanding. He lost patience and scolded her for not catching up with
stuffs. But with mom, Pinky had a great fun way of learning. So Daddy gave the
whole charge of teaching Pinky in grade 1to Mommy. Soon a year passed away,
and she had made two great friends Tania and Shauli. Tania was a bit older and
Pinky relied on her at school since mommy and daddy were not accessible at
school, for answers to questions that cropped up in her mind or getting anything
she needed. She was her best friend and so was Shauli. She was about her age and
the same height but Tania was taller, being older.
Soon it was results time. Pinky asked Mommy for the hundredth time what a result
of the outcome of exams looked like. She explained again patiently about the
gradesheet that would be handed to her and to keep counting with her fingers at
what position number her name would be called. Pinky was very anxious on results
day. Daddy almost expected her to fail since he wasn’t in charge but mommy was.
Now comes the result scenario: the teachers lined up grade1 and grade2 into two
columns. The first person they put in grade 1 line was Pinky. She wondered why?
Probably the teachers liked her as much as she did, she thought. When it was
finally results declaration time, the first name in grade 1they announced to be first
in class was Pinky. Dear reader, do you believe it? There were dozens of smart
older people in her class but she beat them all, coming out on top. It was Pinky’s
jubilant victory. She went excitedly home to tell mommy the big news and later,
her daddy when he was back from the office. Dad wanted partial credit as well and
said,”Afterall, you are Daddy’s daughter!!” And Pinky chuckled in joy.
With Shauli and Tania being great friends at her side, she remained on top of every
class she was promoted to. Her sister also had joined school by now after she
became six. Pinky’s performance was all time remarkable and extraordinary. Her
sister, although, did not perform any less.
Now with so many smart people in the class who always responded to teachers’
questions and comments and could understand every lesson crystal clear within the
classes themselves, how did Pinky always manage to be at the top, she being very
silent, and also very quiet in breaks between classes, only exchanging a few words
with her best friends? She sure was a mystery on everyone’s mind in the class. And
that is the beginning of the real story of “The Mystery Girl”.
----------------------Pinky on Further Education-------------------
Pinky was in the first primary school till grade 3, and her sister till grade 2. Soon
they were both going to another school. And Pinky lost touch with her very best
friends in her life. She had not come across them again nor heard from them till
date. But she made friends in her new school soon. She pinpointed the person she
wanted to be best friend with. Classes began, and Pinky studied hard, and now Dad
helped and boosted her all the way in spite of his impatience and ill temper. It was
not long before her best friend was leaving school, and Pinky cried secretly time
and again but remained composed in front of her. For the rest of the class, she was
once more the mystery girl in everyone’s mind, with her not talking much, but her
grades were always high, and she always managed to remain at the top. After her
best friend in this school left, she really did not have a best friend. Nevertheless,
she worked her way up through the grades and felt kind of lonely though, but that
was overcome in the weekends when it was time to play games with playmates in
her home complex, like hide and seek, skipping, stapoo jumping, catch-catch,
chain-chain. Some weird names of games but they were simple still with some
rules. And they all involved jumping and running which were good for Pinky’s
health and growth.
Pinky remained in the school until grade 8 when Daddy wanted his daughters to
study in a much better school that would prepare them best for O-levels and later
for A-levels. So Pinky and her sister soon found themselves in another school. But
this time Pinky had the challenging moments in her life. She was a mystery girl
alright, and the magazine brought out from her class in grade 10 wrote a small
poem about the class, targeting each and everyone. About Pinky they
wrote,”…….yet she remains a mystery much of which we have failed to fathom.”
Guys knew she was a good girl and a good student but they also wanted to
communicate with her. But Pinky managed to escape everytime. Now why were
her times challenging? Because she couldn’t beat the boys in first and second
positions in her class at all. Either she stood third or fourth. This made her sad,
really, really sad. But Pinky’s sister remained all time topmost and her Olevel and
Alevel results were super duper excellent unlike her. The fact that Pinky was
gloomy and depressed showed on her facial expression all the time, and she was
sunk in low self-esteem and self-pity. She had a best friend, Mou in this school,
and although they spent memorable, good and happy times together, her depression
did not fade, which is probably why her Olevel and Alevel results were affected.
But they weren’t too bad; it was just that they weren’t up to her expectations. Even
Mou did better than her in Olevels, yet worse in Alevels. After this episode of her
life, Pinky rarely got to see Mou. They went in different directions. Later Mou
married and went off for US along with her husband.
Pinky was now in an engineering university. With all the lessons she learnt from
grade 9 till Alevels, she decided to be a happy person and had a burning desire to
make it to the top once more, so that it would make up for her all her previous
griefs and depressions. And boy was she right!! Her changed attitude was the
perfect antidote for her. She helped her classmates and had special friends and with
high and low times, she made it finally to the top, like a princess conquering the
Guys and gals admired her and wanted to be like her; they too studied hard and
graduated with flying colors. In the midst of this, she was still the mystery girl.
“How did she manage it all?” This was their question. But didn’t she just show
them, and didn’t they follow her footprints in the sands of time, making it possible
for them as well? Pinky knew they sure did.
-------------------------Pinky on her Job Career---------------------
Having the best possible results for undergraduate studies, the university was only
happy to take her quickly as the faculty member of the university. Pinky still
remembers the first day she lectured her new students in a lab about algorithms and
programming. She explained as lucidly as possible, and students bombarded her
with questions and she answered them all competently. She came out of the class
as if she were on top of the world. Yes, career as a faculty member proved to be
very successful for her right from the beginning. She loved her students and
students loved her back with respect as well, the right dose for Pinky because she
liked it exactly that way. Every semester she met new students and took
challenging courses, and she succeeded in imparting lectures to the students crystal
clear every time. She became a popular teacher soon. She got her first promotion at
the end of first three years and was she happy!! These moments are those she really
treasures. She celebrated her happiness with her close colleagues.
She thought about going for higher studies abroad, which would help her to get
further promotions and higher status. Accordingly, while she was still teaching, she
applied to several universities in Germany because some male classmates who
lived there encouraged her to go there.
--------------------------Pinky Finally Abroad------------------------
She arrived in Germany finally, with all the help and information of her classmates
living there. Gradually she got familiar with the area. She got acquainted to and fro
from her dorm. She familiarized herself with her university premises. Doing a little
bit of the pending formalities, she was on track soon, attending classes. Her then
best friend lived on the same dorm floor as hers and studied in same program at the
university. And in addition, she had a new deshi classmate, as well, who lived
further away. She didn’t think of switching to his dorm a year later, because she
already felt comfortable with the original one. There were French, German,
American and Indian gals and guys on her dorm floor. By turns, they were treating
eachother menus of their cultures.
And soon it was the Indian guy’s and Pinky’s turn to cook for their floor
dormmates. Pinky’s one dish of potatoes and tomatoes curry with spices was a
huge success. Everybody loved it!! So were roasted chicken legs prepared by her
only, which received similar applause. Pinky couldn’t feel happier giving her
buddies such a great treat.
Back to classes, yes it was a busy time. Lots of projects-both individual and group
ones to implement. And she surpassed all of them diligently, skilfully and
wittingly. She soon had thesis coming over; she got the offer of a trainee for
working on her master’s thesis in a company, which would cover one of its
projects and would pay her well enough, and at the same time, it would serve as
the partial fulfillment of her master’s degree at the university.
Earning her degree, she came back home to serve on her old job again from which
she was on study leave. A year passed and Pinky did not at all think about doing
her PhD. Her friends back then in Germany had told her to continue PhD studies if
she was interested but she had ignored their advice. She had felt homesick and
overwhelmed; so she had returned home happily.
Well, joining her job and getting back to schedule, she somehow formed the desire
to do her PhD. USA proved to be a good option, because when she applied, they
responded positively, giving her I-20 along with teaching assistantship and
doctoral fellowship. Getting US visa was easy for her, the main focus of their
interview being on her research in Germany. After she blurted it all out, she was
given the token for getting the US visa on a specific date. On that very day,