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Assam boy is India’s youngest writer at 4

Ayan Gogoi Gohain with the certificate. Photo courtesy: Facebook

Ayan Gogoi Gohain with the certificate. Photo courtesy: Facebook  

He penned the book Honeycomb

Ayan Gogoi Gohain was unable to speak after his third birthday. Today, at 4, he is the author of a book of anecdotes.

The India Book of Records had in May adjudged Ayan as India’s youngest author. But he never wrote a word; he recorded his daily experiences through an app he made his mother download on her mobile phone and shared the audio clips with his grandfather via WhatsApp for safekeeping.

“He started drawing at 1 but could not speak until he was past 3. We thought he was aurally-impaired but were surprised when one fine day he began speaking in perfect sentences,” Sangeeta Gogoi Gohain, a yoga therapist on a long break, told The Hindu from Mizoram’s capital Aizawl.

“We speak in Assamese at home, but he picked up English possibly from Japanese cartoons because he speaks with an accent. We never realised how he expanded his vocabulary and brushed up his grammar,” she said.

The 80-page book has 30 anecdotes and 30 accompanying illustrations by Ayan. He had made some of these illustrations earlier while a few were added according to the storyline.

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Printable version | Feb 26, 2020 7:15:38 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/books/books-authors/4-year-old-assam-kid-is-youngest-author-of-india/article24089573.ece

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