NewZNew (Chandigarh – Kulbir Singh Kalsi) : Bestselling author cum scriptwriter, Sumrit Shahi, who has recently launched his third book, Never Kiss Your Best Friend by Rupa Publications, visited his alma mater, St John’s High School here and held an interactive session with the students. He talked about his journey of not choosing a conventional career and successfully charting out his path in an unconventional career choice of writing.
Sumrit Shahi, a 22 year old is not only one of the youngest bestselling authors in the country but also one of the youngest scriptwriters in the Indian TV industry. He has authored two bestselling novels and is currently writing for popular TV shows ‘Sadda Haq’ and ‘Million Dollar Girl’ on channel V.
While he recalled his days spent at St. Johns, Shahi spent some emotional moments with his former teachers and school students who still remembered him as an exuberant student who had destined to do something different in life.
Sharing his journey as an author and scriptwriter, Sumrit stressed that no career path is easy however when you do something you like, life can be relatively happier and more fruitful in the longer run. He also talked about how one shouldn’t get into any career thinking about its monetary gains as that only leads to eventual frustration and how there are so many unconventional career paths to choose from, provided one dares to follow his/her heart and most importantly finds his/her calling.
Kavita Das, Principal of St John’s High School, while speaking on the occasion said it was a proud moment for the school to have Sumrit here, not just because he had made big in life but had also set an example for other students of the school and youngsters of the city on the whole.
The young writer also held a similar session with the Class 9 and 10 students of Vivek High School in Sector 38 here. Kimmy Dhanoa, and senior school teachers the school Vice Principal was also present on the occasion.
Sumrit also talked about his recently released novel, “Never Kiss Your Best Friend”, a coming of age story of a girl and a boy who navigate through their teenage as best friends and support systems for each other, as they deal with issues of peer pressure, career choices, heart-breaks and substance abuse.
Sumrit in his concluding remarks urged the students to look beyond academics and pursue co- curricular activities with a vengeance. He also thanked The Crucible, a venture in the school set up by the SJOBA foundation, which helps young aspiring writers to hone their skills.