By C G Vasan
For eight-year old Inku, animals, birds and nature are not mere objects of admiration and joy, but these are subjects for her stories and narrations, her favourite hobby.
Looking forward to celebrate her ninth birthday in September, Inku had already penned and published more than 150 stories, based on the subjects she had experienced and watched around her day-to-day life.
Inku's latest book Nathkannan, a collection of 24 stories would be released by Kerala Assembly Speaker K Radhakrishnan on July 26.
"I love birds very much but, I do not write stories about them as birds are not good friends. I do not like lions because it kills other animals, still I feel very sad when human beings kill it," the fourth standard girl told UNI.
On how and when she started story writing, Inku said during a holiday visit to her mother's house at Attingal in the district, she happened to see a goat and its lamb. "The lamb was very affectionate to me and I felt a feeling for it". As the interest began to grow she insisted her parents to take her to Attingal on every holiday to see the lamb, said her Advocate father, P Rahim.
"One day when I went to see the lamb, it was sold, it pained me very much. Immediately on reaching home, I wrote my first story titled De Enna Aattinkutty," said Inku, who loves to read children's periodicals.
In 2004, while studying in the first standard, her first collection of 18 stories, titled Inku Paranja Kathakal, was published by Shreyas Publications, Thiruvananthapuram. Her second book titled Poovum Puzhayoum, a collection of 28 short stories was published in March 2005 and in the same year in September, her third book Mookkuthi Patty, a collection of 34 short stories was also released.
"She did not select any special subject for her story. Whatever she happens to come across during her travels, at her relatives houses or at her home and at school becomes her subject," Mr Rahim said.
"My father is my best critic and adviser, the prodigy chuckled adding that after completing a story I would give it to 'Vappachi' (father) to read it.
He said his daughter started writing short stories when she was five-and-a-half-year-old. However, Mr Rahim mentioned that her daughter did not write stories daily and also there was no particular time for her to write. When I or her mother ask her to write stories, she would write five to six stories at a stretch, he said.