Yohan Irani Grade 12 student has released his debut novel - 'Helen'. The novel is inspired by true events and highlights the untold pain and suffering of the economically disadvantaged. Yohan has done a great job in demonstrating the need for bridging the unfair gap that exists in our society.
In a nation that has produced so many eminent literary giants, encouraging young writers is one of my personal goals. It has always been my dream and desire to see a student of NPS write a novel, especially since budding young Indian writers are few and far between… And so… I am specially delighted and honoured to write this foreword.
Yohan has been a student of NPS Koramangala since 2005 and I have watched Yohan grow from a curious four-year-old into an author.
His first book, "Helen" is a story that I connected with immediately and is relatable to any family that relies on domestic help - the unsung heroes - who make our everyday lives more comfortable. The story attempts to sensitise the reader to the desperate debt ridden travails of the people who take care of our homes and their endless struggles to make ends meet.
Written in a style that is easy to read, filled with lucid descriptions of landmarks in Bangalore and Calcutta, the author paints pictures in our minds that we can at times touch, smell and feel. The vivid almost animated character descriptions give the book a beating heart. Mrs Kumar's statement, "help people without expecting anything in return" is a reflection of the values the author clearly holds close to his heart.
This book is a must read for the entire family.
Pride and a personal sense of fulfilment fill my heart as I live vicariously through Yohan’s literary achievement.