2 Indian teens honored by the Duchess for Covid-19 trials | Delhi News



Two Indian teenagers have just returned from London, where they were rewarded by the Duchess of Cornwall at a reception at St James’s Palace. The teens were finalists in the 2021 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition – the world’s oldest international school writing competition – for essays reflecting on the pandemic.
Aditi S Nair (15) from Delhi was a senior finalist and Raisa Gulati (14) from Amritsar was a junior finalist, beating over 25,000 entries from across the Commonwealth. The senior winner was from Kenya and the junior winner was from Uganda.
It was Nair’s first trip to London. She traveled there with her father. “Britain is different from India, but in a nice way,” the Grade 11 student from Sanskriti School in Chanakyapuri told TOI.
“It was nice to meet Camilla, although we didn’t have a chance to speak. But I got to talk to others like the Speaker of the House of Commons, ”Nair said. “It was a very large palace and we got to see the chair where the monarch is sitting, I could feel the history of the place.”
Nair and Gulati came to Britain for a winners week, which included a visit to Parliament, a visit to Westminster Abbey, a writing workshop and a trip to the University of Cambridge.
In her winning essay ‘Prithvi Mata’ (Mother Earth), Nair said, “I used the Earth Goddess to symbolize the positive impact of the pandemic on nature, so in my story she looks younger and more radiant. But when Covid-19 cases recede and humans start to interact again, she looks haggard again. Thirty years later, it puts an end to humanity.
Gulati, a ninth grade student at Mayo College Girls’ School in Ajmer, wrote “Autobiography of Corona,” which chronicles how vaccines and blockages thwart the virus’s attempt to destroy humanity.


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