Hailing from the land of apple orchards, Shopian, Hiba Intikhab has secured third position in class 10 examinations this year. Her family has recently moved to Srinagar, and like her father, she misses her hometown a lot. Hiba’s father, Intikhab Alam, describes Hiba as a bright student, but didn’t expect her to top. A student of Shah-e-Hamdan School Shopian, Hiba according to her family, is not a bookworm, but an all-rounder. She plays games, watches television and likes to mimic people around her. She also participates in extra-curricular activities like debates. Hiba desribes her feat as a big achievement, because, “it made her parents happy”. In doing so she followed the footsteps of her elder sister who topped the class 10 in Shopian district in 2013. Talking about her study approach, Hiba says, she believes in “target study”, which means “study with focus for two hours rather than being with books for hours without grasping anything.” Her challenge during preparing for examination was Urdu where she said she had to work harder. She found the poetry section and translations a hard nut to deal. She considers writing an answer sheet as an “art”. Hiba has opted for medical steam with Environmental Science as an optional subject. She aspires to pursue her studies in medicine from AIIMS and wants to become a cardiologist like her uncle Dr. Khalid Mohi-ud-din. She doesn’t read books other than her text ones. She says, she has not yet developed interest in reading short stories, novels or any other content. She, however, likes to watch television especially Zindagi channel and prefers comedies over tragedies. “What is the fun of watching tragedy on television. After all it is meant to get entertained.” Her favourite actress is Katrina Kaif and fovourite actor Fawad Khan. Her favourite cricketer is AB de Villiers. She doesn’t like Facebook either. Her “worst memory” is of the horrible incident of alleged rape and murder of Asiya and Neelofar in Shopian. She was in 5th standard at the time, and the agitation over the incident shut her school for three months.