DPS Sushant Lok student becomes one of Gurgaon’s youngest girl authors with debut novel ‘Let Me By Your Side’

At a time when most teenagers are busy reading books written by others, Manvi Handa, a Class 9 student of DPS Sushant Lok, has authored her first-ever novel, becoming a literary trendsetter among the youth in the Millennium City

 Gurugram (Gurgaon) / January 19, 2017 – A class 9 student of DPS Sushant Lok, Manvi Handa, has become one of Gurgaon’s youngest authors with her debut novel “Let Me By Your Side.” The 158-page book, priced at Rs 199, weaves the typical emotions of a teenager’s life into an engrossing tale involving friendship, infatuation, jealousy and love, with an unexpected twist at the end.

DPS Sushant Lok student becomes one of Gurgaon’s youngest girl authors with debut novel ‘Let Me By Your Side’

DPS Sushant Lok student becomes one of Gurgaon’s youngest girl authors with debut novel ‘Let Me By Your Side’

 Says author Manvi Handa, Student, DPS Sushant Lok: “The novel is a labor of love and was two years in the making. It explores the feelings of love, infatuation and jealously – the typical emotions that are most dominant in teenager’s life. The story revolves around Samaira, a 17-year-old girl who falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, Varun. Initially, she is in denial about her feelings; however, she eventually grows to accept them and with that, her entire life changes. But is it really love that will endure, or is it just infatuation that won’t last more than a season? Samira discovers that while falling in love is easy, the challenge is to stay in love and sustain the relationship.”

Manvi has been attracted to writing since she was 12 years of age. “I began by writing short stories randomly. Soon, thinking of an imaginative plot that can hold the attention of readers became a passion. I discovered that literature is successful when it touches upon the deeper truths and emotions that drive us all. A couple of years ago, I decided to write a novel that I could share with the wider world. In fact, the idea to write it came to me while sitting in the classroom!”

On how she managed her time between studies and writing the book, the young author said, “When you are pursuing a passion, you manage to take out time. I wrote during substitutions in school, and sometime after school.” In fact, she has already started planning her next novel. Manvi, whose favourite authors are Chetan Bhagat and the British writer Malorie Blackman, believes in a simple writing style with easy-to-understand language, to give her readers a comfortable reading experience.

Said Sunita Nagpal, Principal of DPS Sushant Lok: “It is a moment of great pride for us that one of our students has become a published author at such a young age. It is all the more impressive that Manvi has written a full-fledged fiction novel like adult authors, and not merely a children’s book. We at DPS Sushant Lok give great emphasis on creative writing and encourage students to participate in writing competitions. Our dream is to see some world-class authors emerge from our school, and Manvi is only the beginning. We wish to see her grow up to be an author of worldwide renown.

The book “Let Me By Your Side” is now available on online portals such as Flipkart and Amazon and was exhibited at the recently concluded Delhi Book fair.

About DPS Sushant Lok, Gurugram (Gurgaon) 


Commissioned in 2005, Delhi Public School (Sushant Lok) is spread across a 4.67 acre campus in the heart of Gurgaon, with a student strength of 3,600 and student-teacher ratio of 1:16. The school is committed to nurturing the inherent potential of each child to create life-long learners and caring, ethical citizens of the world, capable of ushering in a better tomorrow.Almost 1/3 of students in class 12 achieved more than 90% marks in the last academic year. Many students have got admissions in institutions like IITs, NITs and foreign universities. The school is equipped with a learning centre for differently-abled children and has well-equipped science labs, multimedia labs and language labs. It has robust student exchange programs with many foreign nations. In 2015-16, its students won 35 individual awards and 21 group awards in academic events across the country.