Most school children are taught to write essays about their city. But for 10-year-old Parth Kumar, a mere essay or poem wouldn’t have sufficed his love for Delhi, so he took to writing a book!
For many, it would be difficult to believe that a boy of his age would have written a well-illustrated book, Sparkle Goes To Delhi. But a chat with the little one breaks all prejudices. “I started writing the story at the age of seven but then I stopped because I thought it’s getting a bit boring for me to write,” says Parth, whose speech is as thought-through as his written word.
“When my English teacher read parts of my story, she encouraged me to complete it and I looked at the world around me to seek inspiration. I also took inspiration from my favourite book series, Magic Tree House, in which they go around the world,” he says.
Parth’s book tells the story of a 10-year-old boy Sparkle, who, with much ado, manages to visit Delhi, and experiences various adventures. “I love my city. I visited all the places in Delhi from Qutab Minar to Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort... some, with my parents and others with my maasi, who has also done the illustrations for the book,” he says. Wherever Parth went, he asked his elders to narrate stories about the monuments. “I was amazed to hear that Qutab Minar originally had seven storeys, out of which two fell when the monument was struck by lightning. Its five storeys have 379 steps. If given a chance, I’d really want to climb up and see the view that Sparkle gets in my book,” he says.
Title: Sparkle Goes To Delhi
Author: Parth Kumar
Price: Rs 245