An Interview with Sukkriti Nath – A 15 year Old Author of ‘The Burning Truth’

An Interview with Sukkriti Nath – A 15 year Old Author of ‘The Burning Truth’

Sukkriti Nath, a student of Pathways School Gurgaon, is a 15-year-old first-time author of a fiction novel ‘The Burning Truth ‘that highlights the causes and impact of teenage smoking. It is wonderful to come across children who are so passionate about writing and want to work towards social issues. I also got an opportunity to speak with her mom Shruti Nath, who shared that Sukkriti has always been fond of writing and she used to create beautiful notes and poems for her on special occasions like birthdays and Mother’s Day.

Here’s the interview with this young & talented achiever

Please tell us something about yourself

I am a fifteen-year-old first-time author and have recently launched my debut novel – The Burning Truth. I am passionate about reading and writing, and I come from a family of academicians whose roots began in the ancient, holy city of Varanasi. I currently live with my parents, brother, and grandmother in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, India. Presently, I am a student in my MYP – 5, (Grade 10) at Pathways School, Gurgaon.

Your novel, The Burning Truth, what is about?

My novel portrays the roller-coaster-like life of Sana Sharma, a teenager who belongs to Gurgaon. The readers get to witness the life of a common teenager, and the things they face in their teen years through the eyes of Sana.

I personally feel that it is a must-read for every teenager, parent, and adult. It foreshadows the things a teenager encounters, and parents would be able to actually understand what goes on in the mysterious minds of teenagers. And I must not forget to mention, it would take you on a ride back to your school or college days.

On a more specific note, I penned this book to highlight the causes, impacts, and solutions of teenage smoking and prior to writing, I have researched the subject extensively through surveys, expert interviews, and secondary sources.

Furthermore, since Cancer has always been a cause close to my heart as I have seen my paternal grandfather battle cancer and eventually pass away in front of my eyes I have decided to donate all revenue generated from the sales of this novel to Cuddles Foundation, an institution supporting underprivileged children fighting cancer.

Lastly, the novel was published in the month of September 2017 and officially launched in October 2017.

What made you write this book?

As I started to brainstorm ideas, various concepts came to my mind, however, one that stuck was the concept of ‘Teenage Smoking’. The reason why I chose this topic was because it had always affected me deeply, and it was one that I could relate to personally, being a teenager myself.

My maternal grandfather was a chain-smoker and we all know how commercial advertisements can be fuel to a six-year old’s fiery imagination, this deeply disturbed me since I became aware that smoking leads to cancer. As stated previously, my paternal grandfather was fighting cancer in front of my eyes. I somehow joined the dots at a young age, and since then, it was written in stone for me that smoking was injurious to health.

Hence, when given the opportunity by my school to work on something personal for our personal project, I took the opportunity to pen down my thoughts on the same so that I could reach out to people far and wide.

How long did you take to write it?

I have spent over six months on this novel, from developing the plot to writing it and I find it reasonable to say that the entire journey was an exhilarating roller coaster ride, for there were times where I didn’t know what the character would do next, and there were times when I was so certain of every single detail that was to be written. There were times when I wrote several pages in one go, and there were times when I felt undoubtedly low. But all in all, the view from the top was truly beautiful and breath-taking.

What was your reaction when you received the copy of your book?

Ineffable.

It felt like for a few minutes, I wasn’t sure what was happening around me. And undoubtedly, it took me some time to be able to truly comprehend the fact that I had the copy of my own novel in my hands.

Since when have you been penning down your thoughts?

The answer to this is unquantifiable. This is because I have had my own set of phases – when I was six or seven years old, I wrote my own diary to describe the world around me when I was in my pre-teens, I began expressing myself through poetry, and eventually in my teen years I began writing short stories leading to my novel at the age of fifteen.

However, I have always felt that whatever it is that I am writing, it is always a mirror reflection of the world I am living in, which also implies for my novel – The Burning Truth.

Is another book or blog on the cards? If yes, what would it be about?

You would be happy to know that I am already working on my blog on WordPress called SN’s Blogs – https://mymemoir312.wordpress.com/ wherein I post self-written poems, short stories and much more.

I would definitely work on another book in the near future, and as I said previously, it would be once again a reflection on the society we all live in, and on a topic which is close to my heart, and the people around me can relate to it.

Some tips or suggestions for the children who want to write.

There is simply so much to writing!

Be it hatching the idea, developing the plot, finding the right publisher, or marketing it. But if I were to point out the most important thing that every child who aspires to write must have is – the willingness to write. I personally believe, that writing a book, or rather a quality book, is a lengthy process, and unless and until the author is truly willing to write, it is a task which will never be completed.

Therefore, I’d like to say to all the young, aspiring authors out there – believe in yourself, and don’t give up, because regardless of how long the journey may seem, the destination to where you are headed is indeed beautiful.

 

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pathways World School, Aravali makes it to the list of Future 50 Schools Shaping Success in the International category

Pathways World School, Aravali has been awarded as Future 50 International Schools Shaping Success by Fortune India. The school recently participated in the Award Night held recently where they were felicitated.

Future 50 Schools Shaping Success is a unique, one of it’s kind school recognition to honor schools that prepare students for the 21st century and have a vision to craft ‘Student Success’. It is for progressive schools across India with National and International Curricula.

The certification is maintained by Fortune India, a multinational publication that is owned by Time Inc. and headquartered in New York. Some of the most prestigious rankings & listings are managed by the publication house

 

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Double Celebration- Investiture and Deepawali

A Double Celebration- Primary School Marks Investiture and Deepawali

On 13th October 2017, the Amphitheatre wore a festive look, decorated with flags and flowers for a double celebration- The Primary School Investiture Ceremony and Deepawali Celebrations with our Support Staff Members. As one group of students were vested with leadership opportunity, the other group of students put up a scintillating show for our support staff, who contribute significantly to the smooth functioning of the School.

It was a solemn occasion when the Primary School Student Council for the Academic Session 2017-18 formally took over the reins of leadership with the pledge of upholding the values and ethos of the School and leading by example. Our School Director, Dr. Naidu felicitated the Council Members with badges. Isha Tankha, the Head Girl and Jai Barve, the Head Boy of the Primary School administered the oath to the Council Members. The Principal of Primary School, Ms Monica Bhimwal encouraged the students with her inspiring words. The ceremony witnessed melodious English and Hindi songs and contemporary dance forms, which created a joyful exuberance in the atmosphere.

To strengthen the Pathways tradition of connecting people and cultures through celebrations, Primary School organised a cultural program for the Support Staff to celebrate Deepawali. The audience was enthralled with songs, dances by the Early Years students and a Nukkad Natak highlighting the importance of an eco-friendly Deepawali.

To acknowledge the contributions of the Support Staff they were gifted earthen lamps, which were beautifully decorated and packed by the staff and students of the Primary School. Dr Naidu wished everyone a Happy and Safe Deepawali.

A wonderful way to begin the Festive Season: empowering students and expressing gratitude to the helping hands!

 

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pathways School Noida Swimmers Triumph at Inter School Swimming Competition

Pathways School Noida swimmers secured overall 2nd position by winning 8 Gold, 10 Silver, 9 Bronze in Individual Event and 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze in Relays along with 16 schools from Delhi NCR consisting of state and national level medalist.

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment