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Debut tale on teenage love by teen

Trust a teenager to plumb the depths of angst-ridden teenage love and tell a coming-of-age story.

Hazaribagh boy Gyandeep Kaushal, a Class XII student of St Xavier’s School and all of 17, has penned a book — titled The Teen — that will be released on Monday.

Gyandeep told The Telegraph he often pondered on real-life incidents around him before sitting down in May 2011 to write 591 pages over seven months and make his debut in the literary world.

The book revolves around sixth grader Ravi Sharma, who falls in love with a classmate, Nikki Tiwary. The relationship between the two is opposed by their parents, who force them to part ways after they finish schooling.

The girl’s father decides to get her married to another youth. Nikki plans to escape with Ravi. But Ravi, whose brother’s lover was killed by her own family over a similar conflict, refuses. He chooses to sacrifice his love in the face of threats from Nikki’s father.

“My book deals with a boy in sixth standard who struggles to find his love. He eventually sacrifices seeing a threat to his lover’s life.

“The present generation should know what love actually is, which I have tried to convey through my book,” said Gyandeep, who had also composed a song, Kyun keh diya, in January that earned him much appreciation after it was uploaded on YouTube.

The son of Ramchandra Gargain, a junior engineer in the rural development department, and Rita, a government teacher posted in Ichak, Gyandeep admitted that he even neglected studies at times to complete his book. Elder brother Vaibhav Kaushal, a web designer, also encouraged him all the way.

The young author forwarded a synopsis of his book to Mumbai-based publisher Leadstart Publishing.

“They liked it very much and informed me about their willingness to publish the book this June. I decided to launch it in my hometown,” added Gyandeep, who also likes to strum the guitar and compose songs.

He took pride in being able to publish a novel at a tender age, but promised it would not be his last. “Though my aim is follow my father and become an engineer, I also want people to remember me as a successful author. I want people to read my first book, which is filled with romance and tragedy,” he added.

Deputy inspector-general (North Chotanagpur) Suman Gupta will release the book, priced at Rs 295, at Jan Vikas Parishad in Jullu Park.