I had written this article at the age of 12, and it had been published in the Planet Young (Assam Tribune). As today is the 92nd birthday anniversary of Anne Frank, I decided to dig up the old article as a tribute.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank
We came to Guwahati from Jaipur to spend our summer holidays and, on the day we landed, my grandfather offered me an Assamese book, Anne Frank’or Diary, which is a translation of the “The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank”. My grandfather while handing me the book, told me that if I read this book, I would not only be proud that I had completed a book in Assamese, but also a very famous one.
I am still in the process of learning Assamese from my mother. During summer or winter breaks, my grandparents help me polish it further. So, I accepted this challenge to improve. I read around five pages each day, or sometimes even more. Eventually, my reading speed increased, and I started reading about 20 pages a day.
While reading, I came to about Adolf Hitler, the German dictator, who hated and tortured Jews. He heartlessly ordered his people to send Jews to gas chambers. This was the reason why many Jews went into hiding during the second world war, just like Anne and her family.
Reading Anne frank made fall in love with the idea of writing. It was an inspiring read, and while the ending of the book was overwhelming, I truly learnt a lot. She has inspired me to capture moments. She was truly wise for such a young age, and I wish to be like her
And now, it is time for me to go write my diary, just like Anne Frank.
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