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It’s a beautiful thing…seeing a child holding a book. It’s an even more beautiful thing to see that a child is interested in writing a book. We’re living in a world where technology is taking precedent against paper-bound books. That’s not necessarily a bad thing…human advancement is something incredible that should certainly be celebrated and encouraged. However, real, honest, diverse, traditional, literature is a culture that binds people from all corners of the world together…and it is slowly dying. Every day, more and more children are born that will not be forced to read “Tom Sawyer”, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”, or “Goodman Brown” in English literature class on a standard paperback novel. Each day, we are seeing more and more young people raise a questioning eyebrow to their peers that faun over the distinct smell of a bookstore and a coffee shop. So, I’ve decided to go on the hunt for young people around the world that understand and appreciate these simple pleasures. Not only that, I’m looking for young people who celebrate this traditional literature culture! Young readers, young authors, and young book club members…I’ll be featuring them here. I’ll let their stories do the inspiring and their own words do the teaching.
Today, I want to feature a young (15-year-old) girl named Zuni Chopra. Zuni is a young author living in Mumbai, India. She has written 2 books of poetry, and she is in the process of publishing her first novel. She has a passion for fantasy and literature of all kinds. She gives her Twitter followers a small bit of advice to battle writer’s block: “If you care about it enough, it will get finished”. She is the picture-perfect example of perseverance and unpredictability. “I don’t know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow morning, so I don’t know if I’m going to keep writing”, she states. This is a unique bit of wisdom, unusual to find in someone so young. No one truly knows when they will lose their desire to write, or if they ever will. By knowing this, and embracing the fact that you’re unsure what tomorrow will bring, you’re more motivated to complete your tasks today.
Zuni has become an author at only 15 by publishing the novel “The House That Spoke”. Readers seem to have no complaints regarding the teenager’s talent. “Reading Zuni’s book was like experiencing all the seasons of Kashmir in my own home” – Masood Hussein. She’s certainly a girl with her head screwed on straight. “Keep in mind, not everything you write will be of value, and not everything you have of value will be written.”, is another piece of useful advice she has for all of the aspiring young authors and readers of the world. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”, Zuni has followed this advice, leading one of her readers to say “Just finished this wonderful book by 15-year old Zuni Chopra. The House that Spoke: 232 pages of sheer delight.”!
Follow Zuni Chopra on Twitter for more literature inspiration.