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Meet Welham's 13-year-old novelist

Vrinda Batra could well be the youngest novelist in the country. A self-acclaimed Harry Potter fan, she started penning her novel Wings, water and shadows at the tender age of 12.

books Updated: Oct 20, 2009 19:17 IST

Vrinda Batra could well be the youngest novelist in the country. Vrinda Batra

Vrinda, who started penning her novel Wings, water and shadows at the tender age of 12, was in the state capital recently to release her novel. A student of standard IX in Welham's Girl's School, Vrinda was accompanied by her proud parents and school principal on the occasion. Talking about the plot of the novel, Vrinda said, "The novel is based on the lives of three friends who are guardians of three elements - water, wings and shadows. The plot revolves around fight to protect these elements from evil spirits."

A self-acclaimed Harry Potter fan, Vrinda revealed how the idea of writing a novel based on supernatural powers struck her, "There was an old notebook lying in my cupboard. I started out writing short stories in the notebook, but later it turned into a novel," informs Vrinda. An excited Vrinda revealed that she had named one of the guardians after herself.

Principal of Welham's Girls, Jyotsana Brar, who released Vrinda's book was full of praises for Vrinda's exemplary achievement. Vrinda's father Surendra Batra claims that his daughter is the youngest author in India. "My research shows that 13-year-old Vrinda is the youngest novelist in the country."

"I had also informed the Limca Book of Awards but she could not be included as they do not have any such category," informed Surendra. Vrinda is currently working on her other novels.