About The Author
Sumita Bose is a versatile writer. She has authored several popular mathematics books, the first autism book as per Indian socio-cultural set up and contributed significantly to science content for educational portals.
Apart from her mathematics education from Delhi University, India she has also done a ‘Child Psychology’ and ‘Understanding Adolescents’ course from the University of Central Florida, USA. She is an educator with 25 years of teaching experience. She has won several awards for her contribution to education. Her autism book has been placed in India book of records, 2016.
Q) Tell us about the idea behind the book?
‘Young Detective’ is a collection of one dozen mystery stories. At the end of each short story there is a question for the readers. The answer to this question solves the mystery. All the mysteries can be solved by reading the stories carefully and giving attention to details, facts and simple logic.
Q) How much time did it take in the process of writing?
Around 5 years.
Q) What did the process of writing this book teach you?
It has taught me to be patient and think out of the box.
Q) What inspired you to write this book?
During my long teaching career, I was once invited by a reputed school in Delhi, India to guide the gifted students. It was a pleasure teaching Mathematics to the gifted students. After getting good feedback from the students the principal requested me to take remedial classes for the students who failed in Mathematics. This was a challenging job for me since the students did not show any interest in learning. I tried different methods but all were futile. It was then that the idea of mystery story telling struck me. They enjoyed solving the mysteries which developed their logical and reasoning skills. As a result, they started taking interest in Mathematics as well.
Q) Which is your favourite part from the book?
“The Laptop” is my favourite story since it is not an imaginary story. I experienced it during my teaching career.
Q) A book that had an impact on you, which helped you in writing this one?
A Bengali book with the title – “Ek dozen goppo” (One dozen stories) by the renowned writer Satyajit Ray.
Q) Tell us about your plans? Planning a new book?
My next book is on Mathematics which is my passion. I am writing a book on fun with mathematics (for children). It contains puzzles, games, magic, amazing facts, tricks and short cuts, all based on mathematical concepts but presented in a play way manner.
Q) How your life changed after the book was published?
My subject is Mathematics. I have written many Mathematics books. ‘Young Detective’ is my first story book. I am overjoyed to see the reviews and articles on various blogs about the book. Love of the readers is making me feel on top of the world.
Q) What is a literary success for you?
To see more and more children engrossed in my book.
Q) A message for all the readers.
Don’t give up if you are not able to solve the mystery at the first go. Read the story again and give attention to details and clues. All the mysteries can be solved based on facts given and simple logic.
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