What is Malala's relationship with her brothers like?

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Although Malala has a good relationship with her brothers, she admits that she still quarrels with them. In the book, Malala details how she played and fought happily with Khushal and Atal during their childhood days. Malala shares a strong bond with her brothers, and she harbors great affection for them. In return, despite their nonchalance, they deeply cherish and respect their sister. After Malala was shot, her brothers showed great concern for her welfare. They cried and worried, frightened that she would not survive her ordeal.

After she was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, Khushal was sad that Malala was absent from the family dining table. The brothers were then happy to be reunited with their sister at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Both Khushal and Atal even admitted to missing Malala. Despite the warm reunion, however, Malala remembers that she commenced quarreling with Khushal almost immediately. Despite their squabbles, Malala credits her brothers with keeping her grounded. By treating her normally, Khushal and Atal allowed Malala to retain much of her innocence during the most dangerous days of their childhood years.

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I Am Malala

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