Young author

Vinaya Patil
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Sreemay Rath, 16-year-old author of four books, tells us about his literary journey.

At 16, kids are usually busy preparing for some important exams, while dealing with classes, adolescence, friendships, and more. But there are exceptions. This 16-year-old from Mumbai is busy doing all this while writing not one, but four books. Sreemay Rath, a student of Humanities at Colaba’s Navy Children School, has written and published four books in total so far.

His first three books were done in collaboration with Kindle and  Amazon Global as the proprietary distributors. Sreemay’s books have been sold in Canada and the United States of America.

“Kindle ran a ‘Write to Lead’ fellowship where we were supposed to send our manuscripts and if selected, we would get to publish three books  with them. I was among the 25 youngsters selected from Asia,” Sreemay explains.

His work includes A Tryst with the Devil, 55  Balladries of Sorts, and Forty Poetic Silhouettes, which was noticed by a publishing house in Delhi and thus signed a contract  with him for his fourth book titled Covetous. “This one is a compilation of 60 poems that I have originally composed. It was published by Blue Rose Publishers and the book is available on all major e-commerce platforms,” adds the teenager who began serious writing at the age of 12. Covetous was ranked number 31 on the Amazon best sellers’ list for poetry and won the Literary Titan Book Award.

Sreemay, who says that he tilted towards poetry completely after his first book, was also nominated for the award of ‘best emerging male poet’  at the Kwala Zulu National Awards.

A two-time gold medalist of the International English Olympiad and a holder of two junior diplomas from the University of Cambridge,  Sreemay is now working on his fifth book — To Winter — that will be  published by BombayKala Books, as he prepares for his 12th Boards. 

He plans to pursue his Bachelors in English Literature after which he wants to join civil services and “eventually become a diplomat”, Sreemay signs off.

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