Naga Chokkanathan

Sonu Becomes A Superstar

Posted on: April 3, 2015

I got an Email from Blogadda, asking me to blog about this:

Tell a story when you followed your heart, went ahead and made someone feel special – through words or a gift or just a simple gesture, and that decision created magic!

Before starting to write, I asked my daughter Nangai to write about the same topic. This is the story she wrote.


Sonu Becomes A Superstar


N. Nangai



Few months ago, I found a diamond, which was considered as black coal by my entire class, including me.

What is it?

Actually, it isn’t a “What”, but a “Who”.

I am talking about my friend Sonu.

She joined as a new student in my class, as her parents shifted from another city to Bangalore. We welcomed her wholeheartedly, but she didn’t reciprocate with love.

Just in a matter of few weeks, everyone (including the teachers) understood that Sonu is an adamant, proud and lazy girl who didn’t care an inch about her studies. She ate during classes, threw water on other students, fought with them and did many other irritating things that were not allowed our school.

Once, she threw my best friend Preeti’s glasses out of the window. I was enraged and frustrated by her behavior.

In fact, as you might have guessed, everyone in the school longed to slap her and teach her a good lesson.

She always scored the lowest marks in class. But she didn’t care about that. She actually jumped with joy when she got “0” marks in Mathematics. Would you believe that?

Few days later, she announced in the class that she is shifting to a new house. We felt like telling her, ‘That’s not enough, better shift to a new school too!’

Next day, when I returned home and went out to play, I got a big shock.

It was Sonu who was coming towards me; looks like their family had shifted next door.

From that day, I had double trouble. Both in school and at home she kept on nagging, teasing and disturbing me.

One day, I went to play outside and saw Sonu under a tree. She was crying and sobbing.

I felt very happy to see her sad. But the very next minute, I felt bad for thinking so. I had never seen this proud girl crying, there must be a SERIOUS reason.

I slowly went near her and sat down beside her. I asked her in a gentle tone, ‘Sonu, What’s the matter? Why are you crying?’

She didn’t speak for few minutes. And then, she wiped her tears and explained me what had happened. ‘My elder brother Varun came home from Singapore today. I love him so much, we used to be great friends and all of a sudden, he went there to study and I was left all alone here.’

‘So, today when he came back, I made a card for him and bought the best quality sweets using all my pocket money and savings.’

‘Varun came today, hugged me, saw my card and sweets. He was very happy.’

‘At that time, my school report card was lying on the floor. He picked it up and when he saw my low marks, he became very angry and started scolding me. I have never seen him so enraged.’

After narrating this, she started crying again, ‘What should I do now? My brother hates me!’

I thought this is the right time and explained her some of the advice my parents have given me. I told her to take her studies seriously and I even gave her some of my secret exam preparation tips.

She looked determined now. She told me that her marks will be much better when Varun comes to India again.

Guess what, she was not kidding. From that day onwards, she was a different person, focused on her studies and everyone was happy to see a turnaround like this in her.

But, I was not happy.


Because, she did so well in her exams and took away my first position in class, using my own advice and secret tips. This is not fair!

Even though we both are good friends now, I don’t want to let her be the first rank holder. I want to beat Sonu in the next exam.

Ah, I spent 10 minutes explaining this to you. That’s enough chatting. Let me get back to my lessons now.

Where was I? Oh, yes… Lesson 14, India’s Freedom Struggle…


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