Making full use of the closure of schools and extra time at her disposal 9-year-old Ajnaa Dvivedi from Delhi has written her first book. By penning more than 20,000 words in her 120-page book, this Class V student has probably become the youngest female writer of a novella in India. The line illustrations in the book have also been done by her.
A year back, she had requested her mother Vertica Dvivedi to gift her a mini-blogging page where she could pen down her thoughts and share these with the world. That was the starting point of Ajnaa’s passion for writing. She is an avid reader who loves to be called a ‘bookbird’ instead of the usual ‘bookworm’.
The fiction, ‘The Adventures of Anvi – not an ordinary beginning’ is the story about struggles, love, hope, and friendship. Ajnaa has dedicated this book to animals of the world who are as much as part of this planet as we are.
One step away from a full-fledged novel, it is about a little alien girl who rises from being different & disliked to being strong & confident. The story takes the readers through different instances & characters to tell that we cannot do great things without taking responsibility. Love makes the world go round. It is also about pain & loss.
Ajnaa has created the plot around possibility. Intense characterisation is seen in The Adventure of Anvi. It is like a peep into the imaginary world of children where possibilities are greater than pain. The description of this book ends with, ‘Will Anvi be able to keep her promise?’
Though most of her book was completed during the lockdown, a lot of finishing work and illustrations were finished when her online classes started. Her father did not like the way she was staying awake at night and getting late to get up in the morning. Ajnaa says, “I felt bad to get scolded but it is for my good. With this book, I will make Papa feel proud of me”.
Ajnaa’s book promises to make the readers want more. She says, “I have worked very hard to write this book during lockdown. I wanted to make it possible for a 9-year-old to do so. I think children would love to read books written by children. It is about our world, in our way. Do read my book.”