Book Review: ‘Squeezing Lemons’ by Amrita Anand Nayak

squeezing lemons book by amrita anand review

Book Title: Squeezing Lemons

Author: Amrita Anand Nayak

Number of Pages: 226

Publisher: General Press

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Squeezing Lemons Book by Amrita Anand Nayak: Review

Squeezing Lemons is published by “General Press” and written by “Amrita Anand Nayak”, rightly justifying its title- “When life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade”.

The book will rapt you all the time, with all the shades of emotions: hunger, the pain of losing loved ones, struggle to achieve basic needs, romance, heartbreak, zeal to achieve dreams, depression, friendship, and celebrating life.

The story of Squeezing Lemons revolves around two siblings – Piyali and Ajoy, who struggled for two meals a day but worked hard to achieve their dreams. A sinusoidal journey from the City of Joy (Kolkata) to the City of dream (Mumbai) is indeed beautifully written, every phase of all the characters has its own depth to it and a story to tell.

Even though the story has many downcast and miserable events to share, it never shifted from being constructive, affirmative, inspiring and humorous.

Each character has their own journey and a story to tell:  the compassionate Piyali, who never gives up in life; intelligent and calm Ajoy who is mute and deaf since birth but is a dreamer and achiever; Mrs Das, a woman with power and poise; Kimaya who rises above her insecurities; and Robbie an ultimate friend.

The book beautifully marks a complete circle of life where an orphan who grows up and adopts an orphan, each relationship is connected celestially.

Author Amrita Anand Nayak has aesthetically and effortlessly touched some of the core issues of society— poverty, hunger, domestic violence, single parent, right to education, and many more. 

The best part about the Squeezing Lemons book is that it can be read by any age group and hence making it more relatable. I recommend reading the book and live the roller coaster life of Piyu and Ajoy.

Must read: “I’ve always been moved by the plight of the poverty-stricken stratum of society, so I just knew I had to write about it”— Amrita Anand Nayak

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