Bhubaneswar, July 26: She is merely 12, but Anisha Kar has already penned a collection of poems for children her age.
The book of poems titled Smile, which released on Wednesday evening, gives a reflection of the inventiveness and awareness of the new generation. The young poetess wants to connect to children all over the country through her book.
A Class VIII student of St Josephs High School in the city, Anisha is a voracious reader and says her literature books inspired her to write.
“I believe every piece of write up has the ability to teach us something. After my daily studies, I devote a lot of time to reading novels, short stories, biographies and autobiographies,” said the youngster, who is an ardent reader of John Keats, Rudyard Kipling among poets and the legendary children’s writer Enid Blyton.
Anisha started writing a year ago when she would jot down abstract thoughts.
“Once I had to write a poem about friendship between my mother and one of her friends after the latter’s death. I wrote it on behalf of my mother and ever since my parents have been encouraging me constantly to have a collection of poems,” she said.
Her father works at a private firm while mother is an architect for the state government.
With elder sister Aishwarya as her best friend and guide, Anisha would get her poems corrected and edited by her.
“We were all surprised to see that she could think of foeticide, evolution of transportation, Justin Beiber and a lot of environment issues and even our grandparents as subjects of her poems at such an age where she is not even in her teens. We are proud of her ability to balance studies and win Olympiads in science, maths and English, numerous awards for debates and simultaneously show deep inclination towards painting, dance, singing and writing,” said Aishwarya, a first-year engineering student.
“What is most surprising is how she manages time after her addiction to Facebook!” says Anisha’s sister.
The one-book-old poetess wants to write many more and that too for teenagers.
“It is boring to be an adult! (Laughs) Honestly, I feel there is a need for teenage and children’s literature and I would love to add as much as possible to that,” said Anisha, who aims to become an IAS officer in future.