About Vedant Parashar:
Vedant, The youngest author, several national and international records holder, bestseller author, a ‘Wunderkind,’ by all means, would give many a professional in their fields a run for their money. An author, science and robotics aficionado, chess genius, musical marvel, football and boxing enthusiast, the list of his talents is inexhaustible.
He is one of the youngest authors we have today. When children his age were learning to read and write, he was telling stories and narrating poems. The ‘Bedtime stories’ is his second book in this series, containing his choicest literary creation of children’s short stories. A pure reading pleasure. With a published work, ‘Children’s Story And Poetry’ at the tender age of five. He is an avid reader, and a bibliophile, having a collection of over five hundred books, including sixty-plus chess books.
This child prodigy is not only multi-talented, but a genius in many regards. He is a skilful chess player and spends three to four hours playing chess or solving various puzzle games. And aims to be a chess grandmaster. A football enthusiast, he loves cycling, running, and boxing as his natural requirement of physical activity. He plays on his Xbox Kinect, golf and baseball to keep himself physically engaged.
He can play several musical instruments, where, ‘Tabla’, being his favourite.
Though, himself a student of class I, he can solve mathematical problems of class VI level(prodigygame.com level 100 for class 6). He showed remarkable acumen and interest in Elenco SC-100 (small circuits), when he could barely sit. Within six months, he had progressed to SC-750. Developed interest in science as early as one and a half years of age and subscribes to ‘Flintobox’ and ‘Magic Crate’ meant for children over ten to twelve years of age.
His favourite toy is Lego EV3 and Arduino, with which he spends hours debugging and exploring several sensors. He has many ideas for the robotic projects he wants to implement.
He has symbols of a periodic table of elements committed to his memory and spends time learning more.
The author, now turned seven years old, continues to evince exceptional ingenuity with words and phrases in the form of stories and poems. His sheer versatility is seeking newer terrains for intellectual exploration as his parents guide and nurture this rare gift, Vedanta Parashar.
LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content.
Vedant: Bedtime stories are always special for every children’s life. Just storytellers may be different for different people. But one thing is common among these bedtime stories, the same stories are told from generations.
For me, it was a bit different. I loved to imagine a story and tell my parents instead of listening to them. It started at the age of 4. I used to record these stories on my father’s mobile. I generally use speech to text conversion feature of my mac book pro during my classes. The same feature was used to convert my audio stories to text.
Though the stories are my pure imagination, honestly it is written by command-command button press of my mac.
Bedtime Stories: A book by a kid for kids is basically the collection of the best of my 25 stories and poetries.
LiFT: Why you chose this title?
Vedant: Bedtime Stories: A Book by a Kid for kids is named Bedtime Stories due to two reasons. The very first reason is, that these are narrated by me during bedtime. Second, I personally feel that Bedtime is the time when we get relaxed and get ready for dreamland. Either you yourself read the stories or your parents read them for you, it’s always fun. Yep, finally its written by a child another their age so its A book by a kid for kids.
LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?
Vedant: It’s natural and never planned. Everything happened eventually. I love exploring things and reading a lot of books. I have a collection of more than 500 books in different genres. I love electronics, robotics, chess, math, music and spend a lot of time exploring them. Now more focused to so called serious topics on business studies, adobe illustrator and fresco, robotics programming and electronics, and chess. Additionally, I have a lot of friends we play together, which gives me social and emotional understanding.
These all helped me in instant plotting, character selection, and weaving stories around it.
We generally play word games and rhyming words that helped me in poetry creation. I love to challenge guests in my house on word games and funny part is they generally loose against me.
LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?
Vedant: Reading… reading and reading a lot of books. I have an interest in different languages, maybe I can write a book on money management for kids, robotics, chess, and music. Though I love to read a lot, the same is not true for most of my friends. So, maybe I can focus more on digital content creations instead of writing books. I keep posting content on my social media pages and on youtube. You can spend some time there and let me know if you want me to create something for your kid you are interested in.
I love adobe illustrator and fresco, so mostly you may see my illustrations in my next book.
LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?
Vedant: I don’t find much audience now interested in reading books. Though perhaps my book is written by an author their age, I have seen many children interested in reading and writing inspired by my book.
LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?
Vedant: Read read and read… and write whatever you like. Its really fun.
LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?
Vedant: Explore, read, play, learn… like normal kids of my age. Illustrate, play chess, and read a lot of books.
LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?
Vedant: My stories are short stories, and I decide till moral of the story before starting “once upon a time”.
LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?
Vedant: I myself am going to direct them and play the roles. I love illustrating and hope you can see my cartoon movies in upcoming years.
LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.
Vedant: I am learning adobe fresco and illustrator along with money management, and robotics in focus. You may find my illustrations and moral stories about money management in scifi stories.
LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?
Vedant: Read read read a lot and then dream.