Risha Chaurasia: The Girl with a Golden Pen

Risha Chaurasia at the Indore Literature Festival

“I want to write a book!” declared bright-eyed 8-year old Risha to her mother. “Go for it!” her mom said smilingly. And she did go for it! Today, Risha is a teen author of three novels, the founder of a successful Instagram blog, and an inspiration to young girls and aspiring teen authors everywhere.

Risha Chaurasia, born in Indore in 2007, started writing at the tender age of 8. Her early works consist of two plays — Wonder Car and Journey Of The Island, followed by her first book, Tales Of Twinkling Tweens, which she published at the age of 11. The book is based on the various aspects of a tween’s life and elaborates on school experiences such as teachers, relationships with friends, experiencing bullying, etc. A book for tweens by a tween! The book received a considerable response and was greatly loved and appreciated by its readers. She also did her first author’s visits and ‘Meet and Greet’ soon after.

While many people encouraged and supported her, some did try to pull her down. Here’s where Risha’s role models played an important part. Her mother’s best advice was: “Risha, you write for yourself, not for the world”. This profound statement continues to guide through her journey.

Cover of the March 2022 issue of The Teenager Today

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Marina D’Abreo worked in the banking and insurance industry for 10 years. She has had training in Montessori, and child psychology with NHCA.

Marina D'Abreo

Marina D’Abreo worked in the banking and insurance industry for 10 years. She has had training in Montessori, and child psychology with NHCA.