Blurb – This book gifts its reader’s five fantastic short stories that have a common aim – to spread awareness about AIDS. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against AIDS and show their solidarity for HIV positive people. This book is an eye opener for everyone who wishes to see the wave of positive change in society. Everyone including the brave hearts Savita, Chintu and Mithali have the right to live with their heads held high without fear of social ostracization. Life does not have to be like this. The time is ripe to act now with one’s sense and sensibility. Break the myths. Come, be the change!
About the Authors
- Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organizations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero; Second Heart; Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview and Be a B.A. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a blog, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 35,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.
- Santosh I. Biradar: Santosh is presently pursuing Bachelor’s in Social Work from J.G.College of Social Work, Bijapur affiliated to Rani Chennamma University. He is also the founder secretary of Chaitanya Organisation, Bijapur. He is also associated with Deshpande Foundation as a lead ambassador. He won ‘Best Reporter’ award in Youth for Development Program’s and ‘Best Education award’ from Deshpande Foundation for providing free computer training to the orphan children. He also volunteered various activities such as Google Inktalks, NSS (A special camp for Leprosy people), and life skills for orphan children. He participated and evolved many school development programs for drop out children as well.
Review: This book is about AIDS, clearing its misconceptions, creating awareness of this disease through stories being woven around it. There are 5 short stories on this theme. The first story is about a girl called Anjali, infected with HIV, than there is a journalist named Shahid, gets letters written in blood by named Anjali. Shahid sets out to find the mystery of these letters. Next story is about little boy Chintu who is HIV positive since his birth. The virus gets into his him through his parents. It talks about treating HIV patients. There are 2 stories about Savita and exploitation of young girls in various industries which is very much apt to the heinous crimes happening in the society these days on women. The last story is of Cain and Abel, nothing about AIDS/HIV but all about the need for care and affection that parents have to give their children. The authors have put great efforts in writing stories on such educating theme. I strongly feel that this book should be read by each and all especially by teenagers so that they are given information about this deadly disease AIDS. I highly recommend this book to each and all.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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