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For the talented, age is just a number – even in the literary world. As challenging it is to write a book, two Indian wunderkinder – Saranya Bhattacharjya, 16, and Nikki Khanna, 15 – have already begun their journeys in school.

Saranya’s collection of poetry, ‘Clash with Reason’, has not just drawn celebrity endorsements but, she has pledged the entire proceeds from the book to The Mitr Trust, which works towards providing support and opportunities to members of the transgender community.

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The idea of compiling her poems into a book was born during the lockdown when Saranya witnessed the plight of the community during the pandemic. She then began to work towards creating the book which involved help from her friends contributing with their artworks, she says.

Two Indian wunderkids – Saranya Bhattacharjya, 16, and Nikki Khanna, 15. Pixabay

Calling writing her safe haven, Saranya says she feels very strongly about exclusion. I use it as a catalyst to express my views about issues I feel strongly about, she says. Nikki, on the other hand, weaves stories around love and romance and began after reading a lot of young adult fiction, including books by authors Christina Lauren and Colleen Hoover.

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Although she publishes many of her stories on the social storytelling platform Wattpad, her book ‘Stuck In Paris’ is her first published novel. It focuses on two very distant characters who go to Paris for a school trip and then blossom a romance from thereon.

“I have been writing simply because it makes me happy and is a hobby, but knowing that what I do is appreciated and known by so many people definitely keeps me motivated to continue,” she says. (IANS)


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On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

Ravi Kumar will take on Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the last-four, while Punia will be up against David Morris Taylor of the USA.

Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).

Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.

India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.