Veer Kashyap - Youngest Board Game Designer
S/o Cdr Vinayaka K and Mrs Sangeetha H C

Veer Kashyap is a 10 year old Grade V student at Army Public School New Delhi. Veer is an outdoorsy person and loves playing cricket. He is passionate about solving various Rubik cubes. He also plays guitar, harmonium, keyboard and piano. His favorite pass time is playing chess and board games with friends and family.

The COVID-19 pandemic had imposed lockdown and boredom crept into every house. To beat the boredom, he decided to create a board game on his own as a DIY activity. COVID – 19 being the hot topic everywhere, he thought to create a board game on Corona and named it "CORONA-YUGA". Shaped like the infamous Corona Virus itself, the game creates awareness about the pandemic and entertains all players. The game also promotes Yoga, Social distancing and appreciates COVID 19 warriors for their selfless services. He posted a video on YouTube about his game (Please check the Prototype Design Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vaITIYGeAjY). His parents have taken copyright and trademark so that the IP rights remain with Veer. Please visit www.coronayuga.com for more details about the game.


We are hopeful that Veer’s work will inspire many young prodigies to create more innovative & educative Board games in India and compete with Chinese, European & American brand Board Games in future. #HarKaamDeshKeNaam #VocalforLocal #AtmaNirbharBharat #MakeInIndia

Achievements/ Awards:

  1. Appreciated by President NWWA and made it to the Indian Navy Official Facebook page.
  2. Creative and innovative work appreciated by an IT firm - Ms Teck Team Solutions, Visakhapatnam and signed a MoU to publish his board game.
  3. Veer published his board game and launched on Amazon successfully in a record time of 60 days even during challenging times of lockdown.
  4. Veer intends to contribute to PM-CARES from the profit generated by the board game.
  5. Veer being the “Youngest Board Game Designer”, to design and publish his Board game has gained attention of many media house including The Hindu and Times of India.
  6. His maiden design has also gained recognition and appreciation by eminent personalities including Board Game Designers from Canada, UK and Belgium.

    Future Plans:

    Veer forwarded his board game design for various competitions in Europe and America. However, he realized through online search that there are no such competitions in India for Board Games. He has come up with an idea of conducting a Board game Design Competition for children (age group 8-16) to design innovative games. He created a Google form (learnt from YouTube) to seek entries for the competition named Board Game Design Competition 2020 – BDC2020 to encourage his friends. The competition was launched on 01 Jun 20 to commemorate and celebrate ‘International Table Top day’.

Disha Palnati
D/o Capt P S Ravi Kumar and Mrs Valentina Palnati.

Disha is a 7th class student of Navy Children School, Visakhapatnam.

Disha has won the ' Queen of Universe 2018- first runner up ' crown and also the ' Miss Talent 2018' title at the International Little Miss Universe 2018 contest, held in Turkey from 4 to 9 May 2018.

She competed in the 'Little category' i.e age group 8 to 12 years wherein 40 children from various countries like Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam,UAE and India participated.

Achievements/ Awards:

  1. She has earlier bagged the ' Best Fashion Star' and 'Catwalk Model' subtitles at the 17th edition of International Children's Festival of Culture, Fashion and Arts held at Greece.
  2. Winner of the 'Super Grand Prix' Award in the Model Earth contest held in Johannasburg, South Africa, 2017.
  3. Disha is a dedicated, talented and a focused child. She is also a Black belt in martial arts. Winning this title on a global platform has added another feather to her cap and boosted her confidence immensely.


Jiya Rai
D/o Master at Arms & Mrs Rachana Rai.

When Jiya was little more than 2 years old, she was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder with delayed speech. Her therapies started immediately, and in a few months her doctor realized that Jiya's repetetive knocking movements, a characteristic of her disorder, could be purposefully used in the water as a therapy. The water therapy worked well for Jiya. Jiya started becoming comfortable, and loved to be in the pool. In the coming years Jiya swam continuously for hours.

Jia's father who himself is a diver, realised, that long distance swimming was Jiya's forte, and endurance and stamina were her strengths .......and then there was no looking back.

The Special Education Department of NCS, Mumbai, has played a great role in instilling confidence in Jiya and guiding the parents in planning a roadmap towards independent living for Jiya.

Achievements/ Awards:

  1. Participated in 100 and 200 mtrs races and open sea swimming competetions.
  2. Participated in the Maharashtra State Open Sea Championship, and secured the 5th position amongst 200 participants in the 8 - 10 years category. The competetion was an open competition and was not reserved for only special children.
  3. The perseverence and undeterred hope of the parents makes them special. Today this “special” kid has set an example for the other children with her hard work and sheer doggedness.

Sub Lt. Shubhangi Swaroop
D/o Cdr Gyan Swaroop & Mrs Kalpana Swaroop

Creating History:

70 years after independence, Sub Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop is the first women to be inducted into the Indian Navy as Pilot.

She passed out from the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kannur on 22 Nov 2017 after completing 5 months Naval Orientation Course and will now be joining Dundigal, Air Force Training base at Hyderabad which trains the pilot from Army, Navy and Air Force.


  • St. Annes's high school, Colaba, Mumbai
  • Navy Children School, Naval Base, Kochi.
  • VIT Vellore.
  • Hobbies/ extra curricular activities:

    She is a singer and also plays Guitar, Violin and Keyboard.

    Achievements/ Awards:

      National Level

    1. She stood First in CBSE National Taekwondo championship 2009-10 and 2011-12.
    2. Third in28th National Junior Taekwondo championship 2008.
    3. First in All India Seidokai Karate – Do championship 2003.

      State/ South Zone Level

    1. She stoof First in CBSE South Zone 5th Taekwondo championship 2011-12.
    2. First in CBSE South Zone 4th Taekwondo championship 2010-11.
    3. Second in 10th Kerala State Junior Taekwondo championship 2009.
    4. First in CBSE South Zone 3rd Taekwondo championship 2009-10.
    5. First in 9th Kerala Stare Junior Taekwondo championship 2008 .
    6. Third in CBSE Cluster Table Tennis tournament 2009-10 and 2010-11.
    7. First in CBSE Cluster Table Tennis tournament 2008-09.
    8. Third in Kerala State Junior Girls Table Tennis championship 2008.
    9. Second in CBSE Cluster Table Tennis tournament 2006-07 and 2007-08.

      District Level

    1. Second in YMCA Basketball tournament 2011.
    2. Second in Ernakulam District Table Tennis championship 2008.
    3. First in 5thErnakulam District Taekwondo championship 2008.
    4. Second in The Radiant Cup Badminton championship 2004.

      Special Achievements

    1. She was Torch Bearer in Commonwealth Games 2010.
    2. She was Vice President (PR & DESIGN) at EdForAll Vellore (NGO) 2013-14.
    3. She was Student – Cooridnator in VIT Bio-Summit, 2014.

    Sub Lt. Kamini Dhaundiyal
    D/o Umesh Chandra Dhaundiyal, Master Chief Petty Officer First Class (MCPO 1)

    Kamini Dhaundiyal did her schooling from Navy Children Schools in Mumbai & Vizag.

    Achievements/ Awards:

    1. A topper in school she bagged trophies for "BEST GIRL" and overall excellence in her matriculation.
    2. She graduated in electrical & electronic engineering with 94% marks from Gitam university Vizag in 2016.
    3. She landed a job in campus selection for the prestigious IT major Accenture, where she worked for 7 months.
    4. However, not quite enthused with her corporate career and motivated by a strong urge to join the Navy, she took the plunge and appeared for Services Selection Board (SSB) conducted for women entry to INA and was among the 5 out of 167 selected.

    5. At the Naval Academy she was awarded the prize for best performance in seamanship and she stood 3rd overall in order of academics merit. From all accounts, she is a good sportsperson too.
    6. It is about daughters expressing themselves. And fathers, overcoming entrenched patriarchies of tradition, encouraging them to do so. And it is indeed about the fine Naval ecosystem that makes this generational transformation possible.

      May we have more stories like theirs.


    Shriya S Sareen
    D/o Cdr Shravan Sareen & Mrs Shruti S Sareen


    Shriya is a Class 4 student. At this little age she has been awarded by Trinity College, London for being in merit and distinction in various categories.

    Achievements/ Awards:

    1. She has been awarded for being in merit in Performance Arts and distinction in Performance Arts (groups).
    2. Awarded for distinction in spoken English by Trinity College, London.
    3. Won certificate of merit in the professional cube workshop at Kochi, Kerala.


    Aaryan Balaji
    S/o Cdr. K S Balaji & Mrs Riki Balaji      

    Aaryan Balaji is 12 years old and a Class VII student of Navy Children School, Mumbai. He is an actor, model, mountaineer, unicyclist, skater, sailor and golfer.He is the Brand Ambassador of Indian Overseas Bank, ‘Gandhi Global Family’ and Polio Eradication (Worldwide).

    Achievements/ Awards:

    1. Recipient of the National Child Award in 2014 from the President of India for his achievements in Sports, Adventure and Social Service.
    2. Won the Gandhi Seva Medal for 2012 for his acts of community and social service.
    3. Adjudged the 'Most Promising Unicyclist of 2014' Unicycling World Championships at Montreal, Canada in 2014.
    4. Holds world record as the youngest ever to trek upto Everest Base Camp and climb Mt Kalapattar in 2012, Mt Kilimanjaro 5895m in 2013 (the tallest mountains in Africa) and Mt Elbrus (East) in 2016 (Second highest peak in Europe).
    5. In May 2017, he became the youngest mountaineer ever to successfully cross three high passes in the Solukhumbhu region of Nepal (Kongma La. Cho La and Renjo La), including climb of three peaks along the trail (Chukhung Ri, Kalapattar and Gokyo Ri) – all above 5300 plus mtrs.
    6. He won laurels for his acting in 2010 Tamil film ‘Aanandhapurathu Veedu’

    Other feat:

    1. Represented India in Unicycling World Championships at Spain in 2016. He was the only Indian to participate.
    2. Has climbed Mt Shitidhar and Friendship Peak in Dhauladhar Himalayas (Manali) in 2014.
    3. He has also climbed Island Peak upto the Crampon Point (5,700m).

    Future Plans:

    1. Aaryan is presently preparing himself for his World Unicycling Championships at Seoul, South Korea next year.
    2. He plans to climb the 'big' Everest from north side (Tibet) in 2019.
    3. Later in Jan 2018, he will be climbing the highest peak in South America (Mt Aconcagua, 6995m) and follow up with climb of highest peak in Antartica (Mt Vinson, 4800m).
    4. In addition, he has his minds set on Skydiving at Dhana, MP in Oct 2017 and on back-to-back expeditions to climb Everest North Col (Tibet, 7220 m) in May 2018 and the highest peak in Trans-Alay range, Lenin Peak, 7134 m (Pamir Russia) in Jul 2018.
    5. He plans to  attempt the difficult high  altitude climb of Kang Yatse (6400m) and Stok Kangri (6200m) via Markha Valley (Ladakh himalayas) in Sep this year.

    In the run-up he would  undertake cleanup and environmental  campaign along the trekking routes between Spituk and Hemis aimed at reducing the ever growing garbage menace and creating awareness among tour operators, trekkers, tourists and locals about the environmental hazards of rubbish left behind.

    Recognition by the Government:

    1. Earlier in August last year, he was applauded by Hon'ble PM, Shri Narendra Modi prior to his World Unicycling Championships and world record Elbrus Climb.
    2. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra flagged off the expedition on 29th August and showered his blessings on the young boy.

    CMO's tweet - *"I am greatly elated to meet 12-year old NCS student Aaryan Balaji at Mantralaya on 29 August and feel proud flagging off his Ladakh expedition to climb Kang Yatse and Stok Kangri.  It was a pleasure to know of his achievements at this tender age. My blessings and best wishes for all his future adventures. Jai Maharashtra"*


    Kaamya Kartikeyan
    D/o Cdr S Karthikeyan & Mrs Lavanya Karthikeyan

    Kaamya Karthikeyan is a student of Class 5 at Navy Children School, Visakhapatnam. She has been on a roll this year with three major climb within six months.

    Achievements/ Awards:

    1. Second youngest girl in the world to reach the Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
    2. Youngest person in the world to climb above 20000 ft. This was achieved after accomplishing a record breaking climb of Mt. Stok Kangri in Leh.
    3. Climbed to Gilman Point at 5685 meters / 18652 ft on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The little mountaineer battled punishing winds, dipping temperatures and rough terrain to reach Gilman point on the early morning of 25th October and proudly unfurled the national flag.

    Dimple Kajla
    D/o JS Kajla-CPO CD1& MRS Kiran Kajla

    Dimple is a student of Class 6 at Navy Children School, Nausena Baugh, Visakhapatnam.

    Achievements/ Awards:

    1. Won 02 Gold in 2nd DRM cup Swimming Championship conducted on 27th Mar 17.
    2. Won 02 Gold in Visakhapatnam District conducted by Vizag Sports Journalist Association at Aqua Sports Complex on 19 Feb 17.
    3. Won 02 Bronze medals in 3rd Andhra Pradesh State Swimming Championship conducted by Krishna District Amateaur Aquatic Association and Andhra Pradesh Amateaur Aquatic Association at Sir Vizzy Swimming Pool, I Vijayawada from 21-22 May 17.
    4. Won 02 Bronze in Haryana State Swimming Championship conducted at HL City, Bahadurgarh by Haryana Swimming Association from 29-30 Sep 17.


    Tarang Nagar
    S/o Captain Animesh Nagar

    Tarang is a student of Class 11. He is a young man with excellent athletic ability.

    Tarang has participated in local Brevets of 200 Km, 300,Km, 600Km which are qualifying events for the Paris race. Being an only young boy among the men he got more attention and adulation.

    As 18 yrs is the minimum age for participation, Tarang is biding his time with some practice and participation in races where there is a category for his age.

    Achievements/ Awards:

    He has won the inaugural MTB (Mountain Biking) Nainital and was 4th in MTB (Mountain Biking) Shimla.


    Mrs Urvashi Thapa
    W/o Capt Naveen Thapa, NM                        Mrs Urvashi Thapa with World champion Chandrika de Silva

    Mrs Urvashi Thapa is a teacher by profession and is currently pursuing her passion for Badminton.

    She was a badminton player in her school days and played at Inter University Badminton championships.

    Tournaments Played:

    1. She has played at Mumbai District championships
    2. Maharashtra State Tournament at Pune
    3. 'Lucknow Leopards' team at Delhi League 2017 where players from all over North India were selected by the Team Captains.
    4. Play with World champion Chandrika de Silva from Sri Lanka at Sudama Cup, Master's Badminton Championship held at Chandigarh in Oct 2017.

    Achievements/ Awards:

    1. Represented her School twice at Nationals.
    2. Winner at Navy Championship, Vizag.
    3. Runner up at Maharashtra Women's Masters League 2016.
    4. Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs. 5000 at HBL Pro Masters Badminton Championship held in Nov 2017 in Mumbai.

    Furthermore she has been selected for MBL, MastersBadminton League to be held at Chandigarh in Nov 2017.