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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Stop worrying, start working

This week’s winner, Angad Thatai dreams of becoming a Sports Journalist at ESPN



A class 12 student of Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg, Jalandhar, Angad’s interest in reading and writing piqued at an early age. His mother was instrumental in making him read a lot of story books and novels since he was in class 3. Building on it, today, the young learner aspires to combine his interest in reading and writing with sports. In an interview, he shares, Read on:

What kind of books interest you?

In the initial years, the Famous Five novel series by Enid Blyton and Eileen Soper was among my top picks. Later, I moved to reading the Harry Potter series by the famous author JK Rowling. At present, I follow classics and bestsellers.

Which is the recent book you read?

‘Dark Matter’, a novel by author Blake Crouch. It is a science-fiction based book. It is cinematic in nature and an international best-seller.

Your favourite book?

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. After reading this book, I felt more inclined towards writing. My key takeaway from the book is to ‘follow your dreams.’ I learnt how individuals must do what makes them happy, and not bother about others’ opinions. This also led me to write an article on the topic, Stop worrying, start working.

Are you a sports person?

I have been a basketball player. I follow sports very closely. I like to watch the National Basketball Association, a professional basketball league in North America.

You wish to make a career in sports journalism. Any websites you are aiming for?

ESPN, the American international basic cable sports channel owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications. I know that I would have to put in a lot of hard work to be there. I am also planning to pursue a degree in journalism in either the United States of America or Canada to further my passion.

Do you write regularly?

I write a few articles once every two days. But, right now, those are personal in nature. I am still exploring the various formats and styles of writing and learning to improve my skills.

Your tips for student writers?

Be real and fearless in your writing. Voice your opinion supported with facts.

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