Book Review Anya's Lyric by Nikhil Kumar

  • ISIN:  978-1530307210
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Create space Independent Publishing Platform
  • Price: Rs. 494/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
A story of one girl's courage in the face of our society's worst offenses. Anya's Lyric is the critically acclaimed new book by Nikhil Kumar, that tracks the journey of a young girl's self-discovery and the roads that lead her from a turbulent childhood to peace. We see the world through Anya's eyes - a girl who suffers from a learning disability - and discover places, incidents, and people through her. A girl born on an unlikely day to an unlikely couple, Anya stumbles through her chaotic life that gets undone at every step because of her inability to communicate what she wants to say. Follow her journey of courage, self-discovery, and empowerment as she gradually finds the hidden path to peace.
Behind the book

About the Author

Nikhil Kumar is the author of recently released Anya's Lyric. He is an advertising professional living in Bangalore, with his wife Mansi Pal and has been blogging for about 12 years. He writes primarily on Mirror Cracked and contributes to a travel blog called Chai Around The World, which he maintains with his wife. Nikhil has written four books so far. You can reach him at the following:

P.S: I have had the privilege to have the author over for a very interesting guest post which you can read HERE

Me thinks

What struck me the most about this book was its blurb! That hooked me on enough to say a yes for a book review. And believe me when I say I wasn't disappointed at all. This book is a like a Pandora's box. There is something new waiting to unveil in every new chapter taking the reader by surprise and keeping him on tenterhooks till the end.

If you ask me there is no suspense in it per se which will hold you till the end. But it does have an air of mystery in its narration and that's what holds you till the last word... or maybe even after that. For long after I was done reading this book I couldn't get the story out of my mind. The first few pages and I had to keep it down to attend to something that was urgent. But even those few bits and pieces kept revolving in my head till I finally managed to keep everything aside and read it again, this time till the end in one go.

I like the way the author has built the whole story warming up the reader to the character of Anya, slowly and gradually yet in a firm manner that you seem to have known her for long. After finishing the book you wouldn't feel as if you just finished reading a book. It will feel as if you witnessed a childhood friend growing up before your eyes and you just heard someone narrate her story once again just for the sake of memories.

The author's writing style is very vivid and yet at the same times lucid. His descriptions make the scenes come alive, making you ponder over a lot of things happening in the scene and also lead to various interpretations of it in your mind vis-a-vis your life. Though a very short novel, his writing is deep and poignant. You cannot help but ponder at the hidden meaning and try reading between the lines of his words to grasp the deeper meaning of the whole story.This one is a book I will cherish reading for long because somewhere in those last few chapters along with Anya I redeemed myself too and found peace. The flow of the story is non-linear and yet has the charisma of classics, deep, moving and yet one that you want to read again and again just to relive that experience

Nikhil Kumar, take a bow! A beautifully narrated heart-touching narrative and a tale that needs to be read by everyone for its sheer beauty.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Kala Jamun - Dark, sweet , nostalgic and deeply satisfying!



  1. Wow! Gripping read it seems. You finished it pretty fast!

    Will start reading soon.

    Wonderful review: )


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