Children

High flyers

These five young achievers prove that age is not a handicap when it comes to scaling heights and creating an impact.

Sreya Jayadeep

What if you win a State Award at the age of 10?

Sreya Jayadeep, the 14-year-old playback singer, is not just an achiever but an inspiration as well. At eight, she gave her first public performance. Today, this teenager powers the dream of many.

Among the awards she has won include Kerala State Film Award 2015, South Indian International Movie Award 2016, Asiavision Movie Award 2016, IIFA Utsavam 2017, Vayalar Ramavarma Award 2017 and so on.

I admire her because she has reached a high position so early in life.

My favourite song, from her oeuvre which continues to expand, is “Minungum Minnaminunge” from the Malayalam movie Oppam.

Nihal Sarin

Nihal Sarin is a chess prodigy who has impressed me. Undoubtedly, he is one of my heroes — a Grandmaster at the age of 14. I read about him, and found that he lives just an hour’s drive from my home! Being an ardent lover of the English language, Nihal doesn’t just leave me puzzled with his skills in the 64 squares but he also keeps me wonderstruck with the fact that he could speak English fluently by the time he was in upper kindergarten! One thing I have learnt from him is that it is not just about being good at something, it is also about popularising your love for it.

Four years ago, at Thodupuzha, Kerala, he simultaneously played against 112 players and won every game.

Arunima Sinha

Resisted robbers, got pushed off a running train and had her leg amputated...but, that did not stop her from scaling Mount Everest.

Born in Uttar Pradesh, Arunima was an Indian volleyball player. She would not have featured herself in my best five changemakers/achievers if this had not happened; on April 12, 2011 she boarded the Padmavati Express at Lucknow for Delhi. Her gold chain and bag were what attracted the robbers to her. In a flash, she was hurled out of the train just as another train was passing, and it ran over her leg. Despite the amputation, she went on to climb the Everest becoming the first female amputee to do so. She is not just an inspiration but a revolution of determination and self confidence.

Aadithyan Rajesh

Boredom is a part and parcel of anyone’s life, but the way you choose to beat it decides how happy you are. Thirteen year old, Aadithyan Rajesh from Kerala is a changemaker. He is a role model for those who want to be self-reliant.

Aadithyan was just nine when he developed his first mobile application – a good way to beat boredom. Today, he owns a software company, Trinet Solutions, in Dubai. He designs logos and websites for clients. The most fascinating fact about his company is that he has three employees who are his friends from school. At present, his services are free, but Aadithyan has plans to change that when he is over the age of 18.

Young entrepreneurs, look no further for inspiration.

Greta Thunberg

“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth? How dare you!”

This is what Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage environmental activist, said at the U.N. Climate Summit recently. No one has inspired me as much as Greta has. There is no question Greta has shown the world that protecting our environment is not just the affairs of grown-up people, but it also belongs to children of all ages. I salute you, Greta.

The writer was chosen as a guest editor, a class VII student from Ideal English School, Malappuram, Kerala

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