Aneesa Haleen loves to talk about literature. The Kite Runner is her favourite, and she has read other works of Khaled Hosseini too. She also reads Khalil Gibran and Thomas Hardy, but for now she has to focus on her syllabus, and she has been doing that well. Aneesa secured second position in 10th class board examinations this year. Despite her interest in literature, she has opted for science (medical) stream, on the advice of her parents who, like most Kashmiris, want her to become a doctor. Hailing from a village in Ganderbal, Aneesa family now lives in Srinagar. “I was hopeful of scoring 90 percent, but didn’t expect to end up near the top,” said Aneesa. Aneesa says she didn’t follow a rigid time timetable for studies, but made use of flowcharts and memory maps. “Our brains remember patterns better than theory,” she says. Aneesa’s father, a professor at SKUAST, advised her to make flowcharts in biology and chemistry and memory maps in physics for better retention. “I write down mathematics equation on a paper and paste it on a wall.” Despite being a topper, Aneesa says she won’t lose heart if she doesn’t qualify the Common Entrance Test. “I can go for literature or a business field like BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration).” Apart from being a literature lover, she is active in sports as well. She is also fond of English music and has learnt playing flute as a member of assembly band in school. Playing volleyball, throw ball, kho kho and football at school, she knows how to keep herself physically and mentally fit. She has recently brought laurels to her school and family by playing national level football match in Goa and Volleyball at district level. Her favourite team is Manchester United. In her native village in Ganderbal, she likes to help her family in harvesting season. “I help in making pilled grass huts and in threshing.” She spends time on internet not only to use Facebook but also to listen to online lectures, solve assignment questions, watch movies, videos for fun and sometimes, play online games with her younger brother.