Introduction to young authors of India
Young authors of India are slowly gaining more recognition, as their voices present a new perspective on conventional everyday topics, and their originality makes for novels that are profound and inspiring. More opportunities are beginning to open up for those in the younger generation who want to pursue writing seriously, as a career.
Though writing can be intimidating given the vast array of authors that seem to dominate the field, the following young authors of India prove how they have been able to make a name for themselves by doing what they love.
Who are the young authors of India?
Let’s meet some of the young authors of India who happen to be the inspiring voices of tomorrow,
One of the country’s youngest published authors, Anusha Subramaniam was only 12 when she published her first novel- Heirs of Catriona, a story about fantasy, adventure, and intrigue.
At the age of 16, she released her second novel, “Never Gone”, an entirely different genre containing more mature themes of love and the challenges that come with it, yet proving to be an equally captivating read. Anusha provides a word of advice to all young readers and authors-
At the young age of 19, Zuni Chopra published two poetry books, a novel, and a collection of short stories. At the age of 15, her first novel “The house that spoke” caught the eye of several critics, gathering attention for its extravagant style and distinctive storyline.
Following the life of the witty and intelligent Zoon Razdan, Chopra takes the seemingly ordinary and transforms it into a story filled with lively characters, suspense, and thrill, with her poetic style and scope creating a novel that has a lasting impression.
Chopra explains how she sees her novel: “a reflection and translation of reality, a different way of portraying human truths.” Her poetry contains themes that resonate profoundly with the younger generation, as she explores common subjects such as the stress of board examinations.
The daughter of two famous authors, she expresses her frustration as always being introduced by her parent’s names- but acknowledges her privilege and offers insight into her struggles with self-image, proving to be an exceptional role model for those her age.
- Link to Zuni Chopra’s talk: ‘Fighting One’s privilege’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_AGLKG3aCs
Melita Tessy loves to write. At the age of sixteen, she released her first novel, published by Notion press: Battle of the spheres, a book about the end of humanity as a result of human greediness, and highlights the importance of friendships and sacrifices. Melita describes her love for writing as being ‘addictive’, and like all great writers, her passion for writing began with a passion for reading. There is no limit to imagination, especially when it comes to a child- this holds true for Tessy whose take on fantasy fiction allows her to weave an incredible story.
In 2019, the then 18-year-old gave a humorous and insightful Ted Talk where she offers an interesting perspective on the difficulty of differentiating between a secret and a lie.
- Link to Melissa’s Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srGFBFyLqK4
As the first lockdown was introduced in India, everyone was filled with fear, apprehension of what was to come, and the trepidation of a new life of social distancing and masks. At the same time, 16-year-old Saranya Bhattacharja released her first book of poems- Clash with Reason. She opens up about how writing provided her with a safe haven, a way to escape the world, a feeling that many found themselves familiar with.
Her poetry has drawn attention due to its beautiful style, as well as artwork that has been made in collaboration with her friends. Additionally, the proceeds of the collection will go to The Mitr Trust, an organization in India that works towards making the country safer for transgender individuals by providing support and opportunities.
Her take on inclusivity has primarily been formed as a result of personal experiences: “I had an issue of hormonal imbalance, gained a lot of weight because of that and was bullied in school as a consequence”, she opens up in an article by ‘The New Indian Express.’ As a result, the idea of inclusivity forms an imperative part of her identity and is reflected resolutely in her writing.
- Link to Saranya’s interview:Turning adversity into strength- The New Indian Express
Love and romance are often thought to be concepts that are perhaps too mature, too complex, and too much of everything for the younger generation to understand. Through her novel ‘Stuck in Paris’, 15-year-old Nikki Khanna proves this narrative wrong.
‘Stuck in Paris’ revolves around two distant classmates and the romance that blossoms between them on a school trip in Paris. Though having already written 15 novels on ‘Wattpad’, a social storytelling platform- including ‘The wedding in Miami’, ‘Saviour’, and ‘What happens in Vegas.
‘Stuck in Paris’ is her first published novel. Writing presents itself both as a hobby and as a career for Khanna- as of now, she is focused on exploring her strengths and improving her skills as a writer within the romantic field, by exploring different tropes.
Currently, her novel is being retailed by Amazon across eight different countries.
Currently, a seven-year-old, Chryseis Knight started working on her first book at the age of three. Her debut book, The Great Big Lion has been both written and illustrated by her. Published under Penguin Random House India’s “Puffin” imprint, this is the story of a lion and two children.
It talks about friendship, inclusivity, wildlife conservation, and the world of imagination. Chryseis Knight is a prodigy who holds the rare distinction of being a published author at such a young age. She hopes to inspire children all around the world to embrace the magic in books.
Currently an aspiring doctor, Insiya Patanwala became a published author at the young age of 14, of the novel ‘Esoterica’, a story following the life of a young girl named Sophia. Writing allows Insiya to express her emotions, as Sophia, the protagonist, mirrors the author’s personality and emotions.
An avid reader, as well as a spoken word poet, Insiya has since gone on to become a speaker at several schools, as well as a judge in literary competitions, hoping to motivate young people like her to express themselves through the mediums of art and literature.
In 2017, she (alongside her fellow teen authors, Zuni Chopra and Anusha Subramanian) was invited to be part of the Kala Ghoda literature festival as one of the panelists, where the three spoke of their love for literature and their experiences of being young authors.
At the age of 18, Divyasha’s book was chosen by the government of India to be promoted in 100 countries. Her life originally took on a very different path- her main passion was studying science, and her dream was to join NASA. However, like several her age, an identity crisis awaited- and in its closing, a novel. ‘A 20-something cool dude’ is a compelling, light-hearted novel about a vain 20-year-old girl named Ayesha living life in the heart of Delhi, who meets and falls in love with a complete stranger.
Divyasha doesn’t shy away from explaining the process of establishing herself as a serious author in a field as demanding as writing, opening up in an interview with ‘Her Story’ in 2016 about the difficulties of finding a publisher. Additionally, several members of her own community maintained a relatively doubtful attitude about her dreams and aspirations.
However, rather than let that deter her, she continued to persevere, which proved to be rewarding as her novel was chosen by the Ministry of External affairs to go into its library as well as 200 missions abroad. Currently, she is studying at ESSEC business school in Paris, having won the Eiffel Scholarship.
Vaishnavi is a 14-year-old. She wrote a fiction-fantasy novel The JAZ Gang: A Dangerous Escapade that got published when she was 13. She turned 14 this August. She loves exploring rich Indian culture and heritage along with reading thriller novels among many others. Writing happened totally by chance.
During COVID, her parents decided to home school her and that’s when she stumbled upon her newfound interest to write. She is currently working on the sequel of this book The JAZ Gang & The Mystic Warrior, which will release shortly.
This is a five-book series that will talk about our rich Indian culture and heritage along with a lot of mystery, suspense, thrill, and adventure. Other than writing, she is also a black belt in Taekwondo and loves drawing and painting in her free time.
A previous participant at the HWR Bootcamp in 2019, Lubhna Dongre made her debut with ‘The Stepping Stones’ (Notion Press, 2018) at the age of 16. In this book, she attempts to answer the pertinent question every teen has in their mind – Are we setting goals, and if yes are they right; what is their future?
She got the idea for this book when she was 12 years old and since then, worked consistently on the idea to finally release it in 2018. Drawing experiences from her own life and reaching out to people whom she looked up to for advice, she has written a handbook for every teenager covering various aspects from career to education.
Only nine years old- and already a published author! Meet Ayaan Kapadia from Mumbai, Maharashtra christened India’s youngest author. He has also made a name for himself by creating a record for the first book written by a child in the shortest period, as it took him a short three days to make his debut. ‘Mavericks Marvelous Adventure’, is a 20-page novel containing witty humor and a style of writing beyond Kapadia’s years.
He followed it up with a sequel in 2018, citing his mother as his main source of support. Additionally, he offers some insight he has gained throughout the writing process: “I have learned that if you stay focused and be confident, you will surely achieve your goal.”
Abinaya. S was born on 20 August 2007 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, and lives in Calicut, Kerala. She is a student and reading and writing is her main hobby. Her favourite topic of reading is fiction and children’s stories.
She self-published my first book ‘Jony and Stories’ with Notion press when she was 13 years old. When she was sitting bored in the lockdown she got the idea of publishing a book. That led to her debut with Jony and Stories. She is currently working on her second book which is a fiction novel.
Samaira Pareek is a talented sixteen-year-old whose literary journey began at the age of eight, with Storybird being a constant source of amusement in writing several stories. Samaira published her first book, Leah Learns, at the age of fourteen.
This compilation of 10 short stories takes you on a journey into Leah’s life. Read all about her adventures with her charcoal puppy Ash and her adorable younger sister Autumn. There is no such thing as being too early for life lessons. Leah’s parents make sure she learns all about the value of life, all while having fun and creating beautiful memories. Leah Learns was very well received and got great reviews.
Based on her own life’s journey and her quest for getting a hypoallergenic dog, Samaira wrote Dude and His Dame. “Allergies shouldn’t hold you back from pawsitivity!” Every child deserves to grow up with a pet, they add so much fun, companionship, and meaning to life. Choosing the right hypoallergenic breed can make all the difference. Visit https://samairapareek.wixsite.com/mysite for a glimpse into Samaira’s story.
Having just turned sixteen, Samaira’s writing has evolved to reflect her maturity and ever-changing writing style. Her next book is shortly being launched on all platforms. She comes back this time with her first novel for teenagers, 100 Reasons Why. A take on the conventional love story with a cultural spin from the perspective of an NRI with deep roots in India. Amara and Nick are two teenagers who test the fates in a game of love and friendship. When fellow Desi Nick moves in across the street, Amara finds friendship in an unlikely candidate. The pair become fast friends, study partners, and maybe even something more. Turns out friendship is a better route over love, or maybe it isn’t. Check it out for yourself!
Tanya.S.Singh is a 15-year-old poet, writer, and student from Mumbai. She finds herself writing about many topics, but notably mental illness, love, heartbreak, and social issues. She is the author of her poetry collection, Words: The sky, the ground and everything in between and ‘Enigma: An error of Destiny. When not studying or writing, she obsesses over making the perfect cup of tea and enjoying it while reading a good book.
Shriya Asha Sharma
At the young age of ten, Shriya Asha Sharma established her passion for writing through her first published book: “Unicorn Adventures: the dark forest”. The story is set in the magical land of Unitopia and follows the lives of three unicorn friends- Miso, Milky, and Mocha.
A former student from Guangzhou and Currently living in Singapore, Shriya has shared that she will be donating the profits of the book to support the education of underprivileged students, through the ‘Singapore Children’s society.
The entire process of writing the book, finding a publisher, as well as an illustrator who would successfully be able to bring her vision to life, took her nine months. Her book is currently being sold at Amazon and Kitaab bookstores.
Rishi Shiv Prasanna
Rishi wrote his first book ‘Learn Vitamins with Harry Potter‘ (Notion Press, 2020) when he was 6 years old. He went on to publish his second book, Elements of Earth (Notion Press, 2021) at the age of 7.
Akshaya Sutrave published her first book at the age of 12 (The Mystery of the Haunted Hill and her second book (The Wingsterian Hunt) at the age of 13. Both the titles were published by Notion Press. She is currently writing her third novel.
She lives in Bengaluru with her parents and is an enthusiastic kid with varied interests. Her other interests include reading novels, drawing, writing plays, and painting. She is passionate about pursuing a career in scientific research and development along with penning novels in varied genres.
At the age of 8, Yash Jindal began to develop a passion for writing, one that stemmed from his passion for reading. His book, ‘Mystical Tales’, which he published at the age of 13, is a collection of ten short, adventurous stories, each containing a different value and lesson at the end.
Currently, Yash lives in Gurugram with his parents, grandparents, and brother. He continues to take part in the writing world through his blog: “Creative world”, where he offers a humorous take on everyday life and provides readers with a range of short stories, and anecdotes, as well as fun book reviews and debates.
- Link to Yash’s blog: https://jindalyashkindacoo.wixsite.com/creative-world
Lessons from the Young Authors of India
Writing is a way to escape reality, seek refuge and comfort amongst words, and be whatever you want to be, whenever you want to be. Though it can be intimidating, at its core, it requires passion, and the willingness to pursue what you love. Most young people shy away from writing believing that there is a certain standard to be attained- though this may be true, this should not be a deterrence from writing and sharing your story, but rather, a reason.
These young authors of India are an inspiration to many across age groups. Age is just a number- it carries no real weight, even in the literary world, wherein the real weight lies in the impact- the way you choose to present yourself and your vision. So continue writing- make your book a reality, share your story, and dream on.
How many of these young authors of India have you read? Any favourite young authors of India that we missed? Let us know in the comments below and we will add it to this list.
Hi! I’m 14 and I’m another young Indian author who published her first book with Notion Press at the age of 12 (90,000 words) and her second book at the age of 13 (also 90,000 words).(I’m writing my third novel) My Amazon author profile link:
Thanks for sharing this with us! We have included it in the list.
Thank you so much!
Actually, my first book is ‘The Mystery of the Haunted Hill’ and my second is ‘The Wingsterian Hunt.’ Could you please reverse the order?
Rectified, thank you!
Vaishnavi is a 14-years-old. She wrote a fiction-fantasy novel that got published when she was 13. She loves exploring rich Indian culture and heritage along with reading thriller novels. Writing happened totally by chance. During covid, her parents decided to home school her and that’s when she stumbled upon her newfound interest to write. She is currently working on the sequel of this book, which will release in a month. This is a five-book series that talks about our rich Indian culture and heritage alongside a lot of mystery, suspense, thrill, and adventure. Other than writing, she is also a black belt in Taekwondo and loves drawing and painting in her free time.
Amazon link to the book- https://www.amazon.in/dp/1636401473?tag=amz-mkt-chr-in-21&ascsubtag=1ba00-01000-a0049-win81-other-nomod-in000-pcomp-feature-scomp-feature-scomp&ref=aa_scomp
Rishi Shiv Prasanna, one of the youngest authors in India who published his first book “Learn Vitamins with Harry Potter “when he was just 6..!! https://www.amazon.in/Learn-Vitamins-Harry-Potter-Rishi/dp/1649835000/ref=sr_1_1crid=2I4I4MBTVNJUD&keywords=learn+vitamins+with+harry+potter&qid=1643265546&s=books&sprefix=learn+vit%2Cstripbooks%2C513&sr=1-1
His 2nd book Elements of Earth published at the age of 7..!!
Hi, I’m Yashita Sudhir, another 14-year-old author from Hyderabad. My first book, “The School Tyrant”, was published when I was thirteen. I’m currently working on my second book.
My Goodreads Author Profile Link:
The link to my book on Amazon:
I just found out that the previous link to my book on Amazon is incorrect, so this is the correct one:
Also, my book was published by Asian Press publishers
Please check it out
Hey, I am Abinaya S from Calicut, Kerala. I am also a young author, I published my first book “Jony and Stories” with the help of notionpress when I was 13 years old (Born on 20-08-2007). I am working on my second novel right now.
My author profile : https://notionpress.com/author/313089
Hi , I am also a young Indian author and I am going to publish my First ever murder mystery novel on wattpad and its name is ” Challenging the Murderer”
Do let us know once the book is published.
I am Ayushman kalita from Mumbai and happy to share that I have also joined the team of youngest author of India in following ways..
In 2021 i published two book one is
Science fiction and ther is non fiction namely Sky Skip 0.2 and Morse code available in Amazon Kindle. But this year in july 16th,(2022,) I have published my non fiction science book of 60 pages with photos in the interior , namely Black Holes in a Nutshell , in paperback version i, which is published by orange pibllications and open for sale in Wise stores,, Amazon and Flipkart at a price of Rs 150 . in july when I published this book, which is an outcome of lockdown time, I was 12 years 7 months and i am 12 years 8 months infact.” India book of records’ has accepted my application to record me as the Youngest author of India to write a non fiction science book as well .
I am currently in class 7 , studying at Terna orchid international school Navi mumbai and inclined towards Space and rockets since my childhood. I have completed on line course of ISRO and got certificate becz I could score desired score in the quiz. Currently inam working for a rocket project with one of my classmate in Mumbai
Links below :
Kindly include me also in the list of young authors in the article
Hello! My son, Samarth (10 years old) has published his second book : Konnichiwa Izumi: Adventures in 2040 published by Prism Books. Here is a snippet about him and his book:
Izumi is a hard working robot maker who lives in Tokyo, Japan. What is special about him is that he never gives up. Set in the year 2040, the book takes the reader on a series of adventures that Izumi experiences along with his dog, Akira. From a building that creates tornadoes to a magical ring that can be filled with superpowers, each adventure tests Izumi’s character. The stories also introduce children to some unique aspects of Japanese culture.
The book is suitable for kids in the age group of 6-12 years .
Samarth, who is 10 years old now, is a student of Grade 5 at The International School of Bangalore (TISB). He is an author and a podcaster and recently received an appreciation letter from the Ambassador of Japan to India for his book. The book is available on Amazon, Flipkart and all major bookstores across the country.
This is his second book (the first was published when he was 7 years old). He also runs a weekly podcast called Kidacity which is currently in its 82nd episode. This is available on all leading podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts etc. Through this podcast, he shares stories, book reviews, ancient wisdom etc.
I am Sudhanshu Thakur I am also author. I start writing in age of 13.
My first book published in 2022 in age of 15. My book is cat family.
Dear Chetan sir,
How did you finalise the names of young authors of India? Do anyone need to send entry for that? if yes then to whom. Kindly reply.