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Aditi KrishnakumarA 31-year-old Indian woman author in Singapore has won the Scholastic Asian Book Award for her 32,000-word manuscript rooted in “love of Indian history”.

Aditi Krishnakumar won the Singapore dollar 10,000 award this week for her manuscript “Codex: The Lost Treasure Of The Indus”.

Aditi, who submitted her manuscript hours before deadline last September, said she juggles writing with her career in finance and ekes out time at night and on weekends to dream up stories.

“There were times when I thought Id never be able to meet the dealine, though I managed it in the end,” said Aditi who has been living in Singapore for the past three years.

“One of my biggest challenges was to not get distracted by the internet,” The Straits Times today quoted Aditi as saying.

The manuscript, to be published by Scholastic Asia, follows Codex “linguist, mathematician and all-round” geek, as she works with Agent Lila Raman to decipher the mysterious script of the Indus Valley civilization, the report said.

“It can be a challenge… But I wouldnt change it. I enjoy my job and I love writing,” Aditi said as she spoke about writing.