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Teen spins growing up tale

High school infatuations, intense friends and foes, ambition to make it big, academic pressure and parents who hide insecurities under frowns of disapproval. Yes, this is urban life@16.

No one knows it like 16-year-old Supratim Ghosh Dastidar, an eleventh grader in commerce at Narbheram Hansraj English School, Jamshedpur. And to prove it, he has written a book on his generation.

Titled No, one for me, the 176-page paperback brought out by New Delhi based Mahaveer Publishers at Rs 125 per copy will hit the market in December.

The canny title — the comma saves it from being called No one for me — makes the reader anticipate plenty of teen wisdom and smart quips from the debut-making novelist, not to say a crackling story.

Supratim, who wants JVM MP Ajoy Kumar to release his book, is no less eager.

“It took me six months to write the book. I can’t wait to see how readers respond to my fiction,” said the youngster, who already has penned an anthology of 39 poems and is working on his next novel, a young romantic story.

Prolific seems to be his middle name. “Yes, thanks to Chetan Bhagat and Ravinder Singh. When I read them, I realised I wanted to tell stories simply, with humour,” he said.

The son of Tata Motors employee Samiran Ghosh Dastidar, he also has a unique take on balancing studies with creative pursuits.

“I started writing my book during my Class X board exam,” he said. But before one takes him for an eccentric genius, out pops sensible Supratim. “True, my story concept was clear and I had to write it down immediately, but I couldn’t neglect my exams. I ended up with a decent 88 per cent in ICSE,” he added.

Paromita Roychoudhury, his principal, is all praise for her talented student.

“Aspiring techies have many role models in the city but Supratim is an inspiration for students who have a knack for writing and literature. He’s versatile. He won the Horlicks Wizkids city finals and will take part in the Bangalore nationals from December 15. He was also part of the team that became zonal winners of British Council’s online debate on September 17,” she said.

Roychoudhury added they would plan a formal launch of Supratim’s book in school.

The teenager meanwhile is keeping himself busy with homework of a different kind. “I am reading all popular fiction I can lay my hands on, Nicholas Sparks, Sidney Sheldon, Cecelia Ahern and the like, to learn how these best-sellers tell stories,” he said.

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