It was an awesome time reading all the entries of the ‘Junior Writes’ writing contest, and choosing is always hard, as talent is everywhere! But after great deliberation, our judges have finally settled upon one entry which triumphed over all the others to rise as the winning entry of the contest. The winner is Dhruv Lokhande, for his story ‘The Triumphant trio in the Tiramisu Trouble’.
Your story is the winning entry of the contest. Please tell us more about it, and its inspiration.
I am really glad to know that my short story, “The Triumphant Trio in the Tiramisu trouble” has made its way to the winning position of the Juggernaut Junior Writes Contest and I would like to thank the judges and the Juggernaut publication for the same. The TT series as I like to call it, is based on the adventures of a trio of teenagers, who play detectives on the screen which makes them feel that they truly have the guts and brains of detectives, leading them get into thrilling adventures. Actually, being an actor in that shimmering and glamourous world was one of my dreams. As I grew up, reading Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, I aspired to become a detective too. Getting into adventures, taking those risks to help people out was what I desired. I clubbed these ambitions together, and came with these characters: Abhi, Rishi and Dhruv, that’s me. To get the feel that I am a part of my story, I wrote it in a first-person narration.
Do you have any particular rules or rituals you follow as a writer?
Though I am not a published author, but a mere budding writer, I always treat myself as if I am working on a great project and immerse myself into it. I listen to songs using headphones, which helps me focus, as it cuts me off from the outer world and the noise. I design a Plot map, in which I decide on the incidents that shall take place in my story and then I follow the map, till the end. This gives me clarity to my story, which makes it easier to write.
How old are you, and what makes you write children’s stories?
Currently I am thirteen years old, and I study in 9th grade in Pune’s Jnana Prabodhini Prashala. As a child, I would love reading, as it took me to a different land of imagination, where I would be free to look to this world through my very own, different perspective. Reading, enriched my character, gave me the knowledge of good and bad, provoked me to ask questions and find answers to them myself. In my opinion reading not just teaches you but it sculpts you, your thoughts and mind. It highly mattes what you read, as it plays an important role in your development. I always felt that children had to be given a rich literature to read, and I strongly hoped that it would strengthen the values indirectly making our nation have a bright future. This made me write, children’s stories, which would have a value, a moral in it, which the children could look up to as an ideal.
What got you interested in becoming a writer? Where do you go for inspiration?
As I grew up, I started to discover that I could very well express myself through writing. At the age of 6, I had already written my first set of poems and from then I kept on scribbling some or the other thing, continuously. In 8th standard, as an annual school project, we had the theme creative writing, for which I wrote this series of short story. This project inspired me to become a writer as it made me confident enough, which kept me inspired, fuelling me to write.
What’s that one piece written by you which is your all-time favourite?
The Triumphant Trio series, will surely be my favourite, as it has taught me to keenly observe the surroundings, and of course it has given me this opportunity. So, The TT series will always have a special position in my heart.
Your bestselling authors and books list. Why do they make it to your list?
Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Five Little Pigs.
Sudha Murthy: Old man and his God, Wise and Otherwise etc.
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter series.
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist.
Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello.
Nancy Yi Fan: Sword Conquest.
Meena Prabhu (Marathi): Egyptayan, Turknama, Greekanjali, Chinimati, Vaat Tibetchi, Maza London. (Travelogues)
These books had made it to my list, because these could straight away reach to my heart, and have successfully made room in my mind. A good book always succeeds to transform the reader’s mind, his/her thoughts or deeply shake the reader. This makes the book and the author, get an immortal place in the reader’s heart. That’s what is most delightful for a writer.
Any writing tips you’d like to share with fellow writers?
I find myself too inexperienced to give tips to my fellow aspiring writers, but I would surely tell them that whatever you write, give it your heart and love, write it so passionately and incessantly, that it comes out to be a celebration, a satisfaction and then that joy, it just can’t be described into words. We are surrounded by stories, the people we talk to, the things we see all tell a unique story. Try finding that story out, try discovering your potential and believe me you can. Writing is just expressing yourself, and I know expressing oneself is not at all impossible. Keep writing, keep dreaming! Thank you.