11-year-old authors a book

February 20th, 2009 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Aligarh, Feb 20 (IANS) Abdul Sabur Kidwai is just 11 years old, and he has already authored a 32-page book on how three boys foil a bank robbery. And he aspires to be a “great author” one day.
A student of Class 6 at Al-Barkaat Public School here, Kidwai’s work of fiction has already hit the market, courtesy New Delhi’s Sanbun Publishers.

Talking to IANS about his maiden literary effort, Kidwai said: “My book is about George Higgins, Henry Clarkson and Richard Bradman who form a group called ‘Troublesome Threesome’. They are naughty but also brave and courageous. Their quest for adventure leads them to foil a bank robbery.”

Kidwai said the language he has used to write the book is simple and yet captivating besides being peppered with humour.

What motivated Kidwai to write?

“In England where I studied (at Bridge Junior County School in Leicester), I spent most of my time in public libraries. I was inspired by my teacher Helen O’ Niell to write stories,” Kidwai said.

His mother introduced him to the world of books. Kidwai’s father teaches English at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

“My grandfather told me lots of stories from Urdu, Persian and Arabic literature. I too want to be a great author,” he said. His favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and J.K. Rowling.

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