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Inside Gurlz Club

BOOKMARK Ten-year-old Samiya Khan unveils a mystery with her debut novel



ON MERIT The writer and the book

Does the domineering zeitgeist go beyond chatting, surfing, networking, blog writing and money management? Can snooping be morphed into a piquant tale of the ingenious adventure that keeps the readers riveted?

Is the wit of a wonder child in harmony with the parody-prone post-modern world? This sort of tingling tapers off as one browses through “The Gold Ring”.

It is a debut novel of a 10-year-old student Samiya Khan, whose finely woven narrative, penned in gentle undulating prose, makes reading an enriching experience. She chronicles the detective story with a sense of intimacy and the storyline is enticing enough to prod the reader forward to the next episode. The author herself enjoys reading mystery books like Nancy Drew.

Reading the adventures of the ‘Gurlz Club’ that comprises Anam, Maniza and Samiya, one realises that they are teen detectives who have a passion for solving mysteries. Samiya’s fluent narrative mulls on the intricacies of a dreamy-eyed adolescent world and its fanciful hues. The story is centered on the soulful delineation of a school that provides the students what they yearn for.

Mystery book

According to the budding author, it is the adventurous tale of three girls who “were famous teen detectives but did not use sophisticated gadgets like regular inspectors. They always did well in the mysteries they solved.”

The gold ring of the biology teacher goes missing from the class and the teacher, whose uninspiring teaching method has dampened the high spirits of the students, declares, “I found you people really unresponsive in class, so I am not going to teach anymore but I am not leaving till I get my gold ring back.”

It prompted the Gurlz club to look for it and the story revolves around a question posed by the novelist: “Will the Gulrz Club have enough time and talent to find the missing ring gold ring or will the mean and nasty Mrs. Rose continue teaching them?”

With the confidence of a skilled writer, Samiya weaves the plot around the classroom, canteen and shopping mall that sums up her small but wonderful world. The school is the place where the personality is shaped and skills are honed.

The novel, divided into 31 small chapters resolves the mystery with remarkable ease, it also betrays the writer’s knack of surprising the reader with the unexpected ending popularised by O. Henry. Samiya’s narrative draws heavily from the spoken language and she frequently coins amusing expressions.

Humour

Notwithstanding her age, she explains scores of routine human activities rationally and her assertions border on maxims:

“People feel more tired if they stand for a long time because the knees are in one particular position the whole time but walking is a lot easier because the knees keep bending that is why the gurlz club were told to stay still:”

She never dispenses with the latent sense of humour that invariably creeps into her rugged and raw narrative. The novel does indicate emotional flourish but her story telling method has a lingering poignancy.

Seldom does a 10-year-old girl lay bare her creative dexterity in the form of a full-fledged novel and the “The Gold Ring” makes it clear that the author is certainly more than a teenybopper.

Samiya Khanconcludes, “I sincerely believe that you all have a great time reading the Gurlz Club Series which shall be coming soon.”

SHAFEY KIDWAI

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