TITLE: Ananya – A journey towards light
AUTHOR: Urmila Deshpande
PUBLISHERS: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction




Her real parents were dead by the time she was five years old.

Her grandfather certified her as cursed.

A period of fifteen years has passed. Raised by adoptive parents, Ananya became a swan from an ugly duckling. And then suddenly one day, she finds herself going through a transformation.

What follows is a series of mysterious incidents, a strong force of destiny, propelling her towards the unknown, something that is beyond logic or reasoning. In this journey towards light, she meets people who introduce her to the loving divine energy and also the dark energy of the devil.

Ananya, an intelligent, logical young girl, finds herself on the verge of insanity. She cannot understand these mysterious forces. Is the divine pouring her love on her or is it her mind which is playing tricks at the behest of the devil?



Story-line: Thought provoking. The story is not that of the protagonist Ananya alone but that of an entire family. It delves into human psychology or child psychology to be precise. The deceased go but what they often leave behind is not only sorrowing souls but emotions that if not handled properly, are sometimes likely to cause havoc in the lives of the living.

Indian society often looks upon the child whose parents die in his/her infancy/ early childhood years as cursed. Often such children grow up being constantly reminded of this dark side of their being without considering the consequences of this allegation on their innocent minds. While some become introverts and keep to themselves/ slowly fall into a state of depression, others become aggressive and are branded rebels. Either way, the damage is done and the fragile flower wilts young / is destroyed in the bud itself. The tale of Ananya is a fine example of this apathy of society to the orphaned baby. But in Ananya’s case the silver lining is Shobhana her foster mother who is ready to go to any extent to protect her.

‘Ananya’ is a story with a strong, realistic and relatable plot. It is the tale of the disturbed, the traumatized and their fears, their inhibitions and their silent cry for help. It has the power to shake the sensitive.

Characterization: Characters though few, are well- fleshed out and are easily relatable.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.


Editing: The editing could have been tighter with special attention being paid to grammar and usage of certain terms and phrases.


Overall a simple and quick read I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5.












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A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.


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