This 4-Year-Old Boy Is India’s Youngest Writer


When he was  3-year-old, Ayan Gogoi Gohain was unable to speak. Today, at 4, he is the author of a book of anecdotes. 

The India Book of Records had in May named Ayan as India’s youngest author. But he never wrote a word; he recorded his daily experiences through an app he made his mother download on her mobile phone and shared the audio clips with his grandfather via WhatsApp for safekeeping.

“He started drawing at 1 but could not speak until he was past 3. We thought he was aurally-impaired but were surprised when one fine day he began speaking in perfect sentences,”

Sangeeta Gogoi Gohain, a yoga therapist and Ayan’s mom said.

“We speak in Assamese at home, but he picked up English possibly from Japanese cartoons because he speaks with an accent. We never realised how he expanded his vocabulary and brushed up his grammar,”

she said.

The 80-page book named ‘Honeycomb’ has 30 anecdotes and 30 accompanying illustrations by Ayan. He had made some of these illustrations earlier while a few were added according to the storyline. 

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Ayan who is a student of St Mary’s School in North Lakhimpur had his book published this January.

The four-year-old boy considers his grandfather Purno Kanta Gogoi his ‘best friend and hero’.

“My grandfather inspires me to paint and write about new stuff every day. He is my storyteller, a rock star and a football lover. He is my best friend. My Chocolate Man!”

Gohain excitedly said. 

Mr. Gogoi, a retired bank officer, thinks the little one would create wonders when he grew up.

Ayan has a passion for yoga. He likes watching cartoons, playing badminton and football, baking, and gardening. The four-year-old also dotes on his puppy, Oreo. 

‘Honeycomb’ has been reviewed by several experts, including author and poet Dilip Mohapatra. The excerpts of the reviews have been published on the back page of the book.

“This ‘Honeycomb’ is not just an intricate configuration of hexagon dripping of the sweetest of the nectar, but much more: it’s very alive and coming from a tiny tot, pulsating with creativity, colours and passion to bewitch you and make you wonder,”

he said.

Writer and story performer from North Carolina in the USA, Joan Leotta, said the book would be a reader’s delight, no matter what the age.

We wish young Ayan the best of luck and hope to read many of his new books

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