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12-year-old Pens her Debut Book ‘The Shadow in the Chasm’

Chandigarh, October 6, 2022: Joyna Sehgal, a twelve-year-old budding author from Chandigarh, released her first book titled ‘The Shadow in the Chasm’ at Chandigarh Press Club here today. 

The book, written as a play, is of a magical land thata kindles your imagination. It takes you from an enchanted pond in the backyard of a house to a mysterious land of witches and wizards. The adventure and magic take you on a journey with two ordinary 15-year-old girls.


The Shadow in the Chasm was released by Mr Vivek Atray, ex-IAS, motivational speaker, and author.


Talking about her journey as a first-time author, Joyna revealed that she is a great admirer of J.K. Rowling and cultivated a habit of reading at a very young age. She expressed that the process of writing and putting together this book was challenging but rewarding. A student of St. Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, she said that her parents and teachers have been very supportive and brought out the best in her. She hopes to continue writing and inspiring her fellow students. The book has been published by The Browser and is available for purchase on Amazon India & International.


Joyna has not only been a great student at the academic front but she also has many extra-curricular achievements like she had been awarded three gold medals in English, Aptitude and Science organized by Silver Zone Olympiads, New Delhi in 2021-2022. She was awarded Entry Level award in Graded Examination in Communication Skills, Initial Communication skills with distinction by Trinity College, London. 


She secured 1st position in ‘Milen Sahitykaro Se’ an interschool Hindi poem recitation competition held by Carmel Convent School Chandigarh. In addition to this, she has received many awards in English & Hindi poetry, storytelling competitions, Declamations & Elocution. She has also participated in Brain bee Challenges, Poster making & Best out of the waste competition held at school level. She has also great interest in many sports like tennis, Basketball and football.

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