In the last few months, people across age groups in India have been confined to their homes, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. This downtime has also helped young and old alike to tap into their hidden talents and unleash their creative abilities.
Standing out thus is Delhi-based Ajnaa Dvivedi, who is only nine years old, but has written more than 20,000 words in 120 pages during the lockdown. By achieving this incredible feat, she has also become one among the youngest female writers in India to publish their works. Her book, The Adventures of Anvi is published by Bigsea Marcom publishing house which publishes design magazines.
According to a press release, it was sometime last year that Ajnaa had requested her mother, Vertica Dvivedi, to give her a mini-blogging page, where she could share her thoughts with the world. A voracious reader, Ajnaa loves to call herself a ‘bookbird,’ and not a ‘bookworm.’
Although she had completed most of her writing during the lockdown, Ajnaa needed some time to complete the illustrations, and by that time her school had resumed. She would stay up every night to complete the book, and would inevitably wake up late every morning, which would often get her scolded by her father. But Ajnaa shares, " With this book, I will make Papa feel proud of me."
The Adventures of Anvi focuses on animals of the world, who are as much a part of this planet as humans are. The heart-warming story written by this little girl has everything in good measure - struggles, love, hope, and friendship.
The story focuses on an alien girl who transitions from being disliked, to someone who portrays herself as strong and confident. The moral of the story, as per the press statement, is to do great things, but with utmost responsibility. The statements adds that Ajnaa has created an intense plot that delves deep into the imaginary world of children, where possibilities are greater than pain.
The young author is confident that readers will want to read more of her work, after this book.
She says, "I have worked very hard to write this book during lockdown. I think children would love to read books written by children. It is about our world, in our way. "
In her own way, Ajnaa has scripted history and provided inspiration to other young authors to follow her path.
(Edited by Athira Nair)