Anya’s Lyric by Nikhil Kumar


Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

Anya's LyricAnya’s Lyric is a compelling story of a developmentally disabled young girl’s life in India. As you read the book, you find yourself drawn into Anya’s world with its troubles, joys and triumphs. You will also meet other characters whose lives mix with each other’s in the book including Anya’s.

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From the very beginning, the reader is hooked with the opening sentence, “I was born because of one man’s inability to read”. This intriguing line makes one desire to keep on reading. Why was this girl born because of a man’s inability to read? What events will happen in Anya’s life? Once you begin to read, you meet all the characters whose lives cross with Anya’s. From the woman with the mole on her left cheek to the boy with the twisted leg, a slew of mesmerizing characters appear in Anya’s life. All of these characters will have an impact on Anya in both positive and negative ways leading her from a troublesome childhood to the triumphant young woman she becomes.

The author’s writing is very descriptive and flowing, drawing you into the book. The scenes come alive so it feels like you are there watching as the events occur. The book is easy to read and you will find yourself lost in the story, anxious to learn what happens next. Although it is a very short novel, you will enjoy reading this moving story.

I enjoyed Kumar’s style of writing and look forward to reading more of his works.

So why was Anya born because of a man’s inability to read? You will just have to read this book to find out.