Girl launches book of poetry

I write when I feel strongly about some­thing, 10-year-old Ta­haani says |

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY SHAFAAT SHAHBANDARI Staff Re­porter

Through the win­dow panes of her heart, Ta­haani Hasher lets you in on her feel­ings and thoughts about the things that mat­ter to her or up­set her. And she does it so ef­fec­tively that not for a mo­ment the feel­ings and thoughts she has ex­pressed through verses read like those of a 10-year-old girl’s.

From parental love and sib­ling bond­ing to in­se­cu­ri­ties of a girl and safety of women, Ta­haani cov­ers a va­ri­ety of sub­jects in her first col­lec­tion of poetry Through My Win­dow Panes, which was launched on Fri­day night at Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair (SIBF).

The col­lec­tion of 17 po­ems is a can­did ex­pres­sion of not just what the young poet feels about the world she is grow­ing up in, but is also a re­flec­tion of thoughts that linger in the minds of the young gen­er­a­tion.

“I write when I feel strongly about some­thing. These are thoughts that just ex­press them­selves. I can’t write when some­one asks me to write or when any­one gives me a topic. It just comes nat­u­rally,” said Ta­haani, speak­ing to Gulf News fol­low­ing her book launch.

The Grade 5 stu­dent of Our Own Eng­lish High School, Shar­jah, started writ­ing at the age of six – that’s when her teacher no­ticed her tal­ent and en­cour­aged her.

“She had been writ­ing from a very young age and be­fore we no­ticed that she had a spe­cial gift she had al­ready writ­ten a lot and most of her works were scat­tered around. I am afraid we have lost some of her early works be­cause we just didn’t know; so we couldn’t col­lect them,” said Hasher Koy­akutty, fa­ther of the young poet.

The child prodigy has so far writ­ten more than 100 po­ems and sev­eral short sto­ries, which are yet to be pub­lished.

Ta­haani says that she hasn’t read much poetry and from what­ever lit­tle she has read so far, she has liked the 19th cen­tury Amer­i­can poet Emily Dick­in­son’s work the most.

Ta­haani’s book con­tains praise by K. Jayaku­mar, for­mer Malayalam Uni­ver­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor, who was present at the launch, as well as those of K.V. Mo­han Ku­mar, Malayalam writer and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Ker­ala Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Ta­haani Hasher at the launch of her book Through My Win­dow Panes at the Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair at Expo Cen­tre Shar­jah on Fri­day.

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