The Write Way

The average age of Indian writers has just fallen drastically,now that 18-year-old Shivam Bandha has released his first book,The Three Year Marathon.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: March 13, 2012 1:39 am

The average age of Indian writers has just fallen drastically,now that 18-year-old Shivam Bandha has released his first book,The Three Year Marathon (Unistar Books Private Limited,Rs 150). Critics might rip it apart but Bandha does manage to get one thing across — “It’s time to revisit the education system,seriously.”

For Bandha,caught in a crossfire of exams,tuitions,entrances,peer pressure and expectations,words came easily. He wrote the book in 10 days. Launched by Bollywood writer and lyricist,Irshad Kamil at the Press Club on Saturday,the book captures Bandha’s appeal on behalf of all youngsters. “The book chronicles my experiences of a stressful student life,how one becomes a part of a long marathon of education,and then joins the rat race to crack competitive entrance exams,” says Bandha,a BTech student from an engineering college in Chandigarh.

Bandha gives a student’s perspective to life,how it is both motivational,depressing and confusing. He further adds,“I wrote it before my exams,the time of the year when students are buried in their books,learning their chapters and writing exams. The bustling playgrounds are deserted. The real motive behind this is to appeal to my country to device such a methodology which decreases the stress on the minds of students like me.”

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