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Capital boy pens debut novel

His first book may be titled R.I.P Emotions, but the 20-year-old author is surely gushing with emotions right now with his debut novel ready to hit stores in March.

Meet Aayush Kumar of Ranchi College who has penned the 458-page fiction, which will be launched in New Delhi, on March 2.

Published by Cedar Books India, a sister concern of Pustak Mahal, the book will be available for Rs 110.

“This is my first debut novel and I am really excited about it. For me, the response from youngsters is very important, as the book targets teenage bibliophiles,” said Aayush, who created a wave in the creative circles of Bridgeford Public School with his short stories like Solitary Highways and Serene Beaches and popular English plays such as Ragging and Death and Decay.

“My writing career took off during my school days. My English teacher Sumant Kumar Jha encouraged me to pursue my writing passion,” the Ratu Road resident added.

Aayush is now pursuing zoology honours from Ranchi College. However, he would also like to practice law after finishing college.

R.I.P Emotions is the story of an innocent boy and his journey into adulthood. “Protagonist Aarush Kapoor is meritorious. However, in the face of increasing competition he stumbles and fails, but only to rise again,” said Aayush, who started off writing this novel six months back and completed in the first week of December last year.

Done with his first book, Aayush has already started working on a sequel. His second novel, Cheated Death Twice, will be completed within two months.

Writing novels may be an easy task for the young author, but getting hold of a publisher was no cakewalk. Aayush had to struggle hard to convince publisher Cedar Books India. “Both Rupa Publications and Penguins Books India had refused to take such a risk,” he added.

Inspired by American author of young adult fiction John Green, who won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, Aayush aspires to become one of the top fiction writers.