PADMINI B. PATELL
The themes they choose to write about are taken from everyday life.
It's not often that one comes across two siblings who excel in the same field, however, for Nameera and Afrah Saleem creative writing seems to come naturally. Elder sister Nameera now studying at Chaitanya Junior College is one of the two Bala Shree awardees for Creative Writing in English - (the highest civilian award for children) Having participated from the Jawahar Bal Bhavan at the city and zonal levels, Nameera attended a five-day competition, held at the National Bal Bhavan, Delhi, prior to her selection. She will be felicitated at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President next month. Afrah of Std. IX, NASR School, was one among the 16 winners of ITC Classmate Young Writers Contest. Her article on Suicide Bombers was chosen from among 4000 schools from across 15 cities. Rupa & Co. is publishing the works of all these 16 winners. "Being the guest of the ITC Grand Central, Mumbai for the award ceremony was exciting, but even more so was meeting up with the jury of celebrity writers like Ruskin Bond, Bakhtiyar Dadaboy, Indira Khannan, Nandita Puri and Alpana Choudhry," said Afrah who was also Student Editor of ECHO, her school magazine. While Nameera chooses to write on more serious issues, Afrah enjoys a dash of humour in her stories. Both agree that themes from everyday life that have human emotion find universal appeal and say in unison , "that the credit without a doubt goes to our mother who has created just the right atmosphere at home. We are thankful to her for inculcating in us the love for reading which in turn has contributed to our creativity and vocabulary. Our school too has given us guidance and support."