This book is a collection of 5 stories and 7 poems – another patient narrates her visit to Dr. Palu’s clinic (remember we met her in Vol 3), the Ratra kids (yes, those haughty teenagers and that sweet brother of theirs) and Manish and Manisha go off on their cycles to earn pocket money and the Aeppe series gets replaced by The Mew Chronicles, another nostalgic ride down the lane of childhood. The Throne of Miedue is Shakespearean-like. The Ghost House in Vancouver series continues with Harry, Sanne and Samantha solving a mystery. This book comes back with more poems, in English and for the first time in Hindi too, on a friend, emotions, rules and a search, to name a few.
About the Author
Shruti Swaminathan is a young author. She is a student of Class VIII at Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT, Powai, Mumbai. She has three self-published books of short stories to her credit. The first book was published to coincide with her tenth birthday; the second and third books, every year thereafter. Though her first book was brought out when she was ten, her foray into writing began in 2007, when she was six years old. She wrote her first story for the school magazine when she was in Class 1. Initially, she wrote her stories, for a few months, in a diary and then began typing them out in a laptop. To this day, she has been steadily adding to her collection of stories – she spends at least an hour, everyday, typing stories, unless she is suffering from “the writer’s block”.
She reads the newspaper keenly, before leaving for school and has a fairly high level of general awareness. She also watches, with avid interest, evolving news stories on television. Her keen observation of the current events of the day provides inspiration for some of her stories and had also prompted her, at the young age of seven, to design a newspaper covering the current topics of interest, sports, general information and entertainment. Around the same time, during her holidays, she wrote out content for English language textbooks for primary school students, as a past-time. In short, the printed word interests her.
This has helped her to do well academically, too. In the year 2011, she secured a High Distinction in the IAIS (International Assessment for Indian Schools) conducted by Macmillan in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. In the same year, she was also the school topper in the International English Olympiad conducted by SOF(Science Olympiad Foundation) in the Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indira Nagar, Chennai, 2nd in the city of Chennai, was ranked 4th in the State of Tamil Nadu and ranked 41st internationally. She was recognized as a “Young Achiever of 2011” during the Annual Day Celebrations held in her school, Hindu Senior Secondary School, Indira Nagar, Chennai. In 2013, she topped her school, Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT, Mumbai in the 6th All Mumbai SPELLING Competition held for Classes 7, 8 and 9.