“You Must Study Medicine”

   Written by: Najia Nijat

Tamanna seems sad and says to his brother, Ilyas that next year she would have a university entry exam and her father asks her to study medicine.

Ilyas confirms his father’s decision and says that she might become a doctor. Tamanna says that she likes to study another faculty. Ilyas asks her that why she did not tell the issue to his father. Tamanna says that she is not able to say no to her father.

Ilyas takes her to the castle of thousand windows and there they meet Lalo mama. After greeting, Lalo Mama asks the reason of Tamanna’s sadness. Ilyas says that he would tell him about the issue after entering into the castle. Lalo Mama takes them to the castle. Ilyas says that Tamanna's father asks her to study medicine but she doesn’t like medicine.

Lalo Mama says that this issue might create some other problems too and he opens a window for their information.


In the window, the reporter of the castle is talking with some juveniles.

Basira, a twelfth-grade student, a resident of Paktia province says: “I like to study journalism but my family asks me to study medicine. This issue caused me a headache and I could not learn my lessons and I hate school too.”

Fatima, a junior of Kabul medicine university says: “when I was a twelfth-grade student, I wanted to study air force university and become a pilot but my family forced me to study medicine. Now I am facing many problems in my lessons and sometimes I fail in the exam.”

Lalo Mama closes the window. Tamanna says that those girls were also forced to study medicine. Ilyas asks the solution to this issue.

Lalo Mama opens another window for their more information.


In the window, the castle’s reporter is talking to some girls.

Lema, a resident of Maidan-Wardak province says: “when I passed my high school, my father prevented me from high education and he said that high school study is enough for girls. I convinced him and he asked me to study medicine and said that medicine is better for girls and I could help economically my family but I said him that I am not able to study medicine and I may drop in medicine then he allowed me to study any faculty that I like. I study the faculty of letters and after graduation, I became a teacher.”

Silsila Dost says: “when I was at a twelfth-grade student, my father asked me to study medicine but I did not like medicine. I convinced my father and he allowed me to study faculty of letters. Now I study my faculty and after the class, I am teaching in one of the private schools and get a salary.”

Lalo Mama closes the window.

Tamanna says that she would also talk to her father to allow her to study the faculty that she likes.