Nikhil Out Loud

By Aanya, Age 10

What does it mean to be seen? The book that truly makes me feel finally seen is Nikhil Out Loud by Maulik Pancholy. Nikhil as a character deeply resonated with me because we both share the same cultural background, we have both experienced prejudice, and because we both learned how to have our voices heard. 

Diversity, belonging, and inclusivity is a key focus in Nikhil Out Loud. Nikhil has experienced discrimination for identifying as gay. I have had countless experiences with discrimination, so I can truly relate to Nikhil’s experiences! For example, when I was in Kindergarten, a man yelled at my mom and I to “go back to your own country.”

Having your voice heard is essential. When a homophobic mom leads a protest to get Nikhil thrown out of the musical he is starring in, Nikhil effectively leads a counter protest, eventually drowning out the woman’s hate speech.

I have learned how to use my voice and stand up for myself and have done so effectively, when others have misjudged my identity. 

I have learned how to use my voice and stand up for myself and have done so effectively, when others have misjudged my identity. 

Nikhil Out Loud is truly a must-read book and inspires everyone to use their voice and stand up for what they believe in!

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