Chennai girl bags trip to Japan post-win

By NT Bureau Published on Feb 13, 2017 06:47 AM IST

Chennai: How many of us turn off our vehicles when the signal turns red? Are we into fuel conservation? When a majority of the general public is oblivious to environment-related issues, a Nanganallur girl in Chennai suburb bagged the first prize in an essay competition for penning the adverse effects of fuel exploitation and also for suggesting solutions.

Divya Narasimhan, a 14-year-old girl from Nanganallur, has received a golden trophy from the Minister of State of Petroleum, Dharmendra Pradhan, at New Delhi for her essay. The prize includes a paid trip to Japan, certificate and a laptop.

Conducted recently by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the essay competition saw the participation of students between classes 8 and 10.

Divya penned the essay on save environment and fuel which reiterates the importance of fuel and prevents degradation. Ask her if she practises what she preaches, she says, "I do whatever I can. This includes valuing resources and saving them."

Divya has been an ardent writer since a very young age. Recalling a few incidents, her father, V Narasimhan, said, "When asked to write a short story, she would come up with an elaborate piece, which makes forĀ  interesting read. She started writing since she was in class 2."

The modest father said the talent is innate in her and that their contributions are limited to giving ideas. "Using Internet as a tool, she reads and writes on many things. I give ideas, whenever she consults me," the father said.

A few of her poems on beauty of nature were published in the magazine of Modern Senior Secondary School where she studies. "My school has been a great source of encouragement. They have been motivating me in my areas of interest," said Divya.

She can be reached at 9840864272.

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