Black, Grey and White Book Review by Rachna Gupta


Black, Grey and White Book Cover
Black, Grey and White Book Cover

Name of Book – Black, Grey and White

“No one is spared from it.”

Authors – Santosh Avvannavar

Santosh I. Biradar

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!

What Makes the Book Tick – As the year comes to end I wanted to end it with a social message and I am glad that I got the opportunity to do so through Santosh Avvannavar’s book. The blurb provides a good insight into what this book is all about. The 5 stories that the book is made up of, talk about different aspect of life – AIDS being the most dominant. Let’s look at the stories one by one!

Story 1 – Shahid –The Martyr

This story, which is written as a script, deals with Shahid and his search for Anjali a.k.a Neha. It talks about his social obligation and need to solve the mystery of Anjali and her husband. This story brings to the core myths surrounding AIDS and how fake doctors and people who use black magic prey upon others, especially children. I was heart-broken when I read this story and had tears in my eyes every time I visualized the young children who are victims of people who lack knowledge about HIV positive people or just want to make easy money.

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Other Review: Rajashree Ghosh ; Shilpa Patil ; Md. Ishaq

Buy your personal copy: Link 1Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4

Media: Link

Techgoss Coverage : Link

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A.IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero Title is Untitled

Azad Bharath – 1957


Title is Untitled

(Journey of ‘Title is Untitled’ – Part 5)

This is in continuation to series of article (Read: Journey of Title is Untitled – Part 1My would be (husband) raped me!Dilwale Dulha le Jayenge , My Fantasy Boyfriend and Ek Tha Kapoor – 498a) to give insights for aspiring writers how the book evolved. I had read several articles that brought the issue of innocent who are behind the bar for their no mistake. Some of them are let free when there was no evidence found or found non-guilty after several years of trial. Some of them remained in jail for several years before they were let free. Keep this in mind a story was woven that discussed on this issue. The chapter Azad Bharath – 1957, doesn’t deal with ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ of judiciary system but only mentions as a case. The characters are eventually developed with number of iterations via looking into references of 1940’s till 1957.

‘Country got its independence in 1947 but I became independent in 1957’. – Santosh Avvannavar

Review by Parul ; Maniparna ;  Rajashree Ghosh

Buy your personal copy Link 1 ; Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4 ; Link 5 ; Link 6

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A. IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero

Writing of ‘Black, Grey and White’ book – Part 4


Black, Grey and White Book Cover
Black, Grey and White Book Cover

Making of ‘Black, Grey and White’ – Part 4

I am here to share experience of writing ‘Black, Grey and White’ book that was launched on 01 Dec 2014 on ‘World AIDS Day’. The series of articles (first part – Link , second part – Link , third part – Link) might help some aspiring writers.

Knowing that I am writing a book on a theme that dealt with HIV and AIDS subject, Dr.Sharanbasavaraj mentioned in the talk to introduce a lady who was victim because of her husband. He was a lorry driver and he become infected by HIV via a highway sex. I would appreciate the lady who came forward to tell her story. She felt that if people can get motivated and lead a positive life then her purpose of giving story is worth to do so. That day I realised that she being a HIV positive there was so much of positivity in her words and face. I wondered I being HIV negative how often didn’t appreciate such people. This discussion formed chapter 4 : Highway Sex – A journey of Hope!

Review: Rajashree Ghosh ; Shilpa Patil ; Md. Ishaq

Buy your personal copy: Link 1Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4

Media: Link

Techgoss Coverage : Link

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A.IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero Title is Untitled

Black, Grey & White – Book with a cause


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Review: Rajashree Ghosh ; Shilpa Patil ; Md. Ishaq

Buy your personal copy: Link 1Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4

Media: Link

Techgoss Coverage : Link

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A.IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero Title is Untitled

Test IT


SachinInterested to explore career in IT Testing? Today we bring to you first interview with Sachin K, ex-employee of Yahoo! and Microsoft who has over 10 years of work experience under our unique section ‘Test it’! His first book with unique title ‘Bug‘ is set to release in July/August 2016.

For more information keep a tab at this page (https://www.facebook.com/Without.interview). You may feel free to post your question to in message box or comment and the interviewee would answer over next few days from 26 Dec 2014 till 03 Jan 2015. We wish you a great career ahead!

Bio of Sachin: He has over 10+ years of experience in Software Testing. He has worked mainly in the Web Domains with the wide range of applications spanning Ad Systems, Job Sites, Search, Locals etc. He is passionate to explore new things and for him the innovation is fixing small things that make the work more effective.

Sachin, welcome to ‘Test IT’ section –

Author: Tell us about your background and education.

Sachin: I completed all my Education from Bagalkot, District a place in North Karnataka. I passed out from Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot in Year 2003.

Author: How did you land in an IT job?

Sachin: I came to Bangalore in 2004 mid. I didn’t get through GATE Exam which I had prepared for 6 months. Expectations were high and I had to prove a point to myself than to others. There was no particular area I was looking for to start with. I wanted to get  a job so that I can make a living in the Garden City. I had all the support from my parents both in terms of motivation and taking care of my daily needs. I landed in GTRE (DRDO group) through a consultancy and was doing Calibration of Machines. After a month or so I joined Affinity Software through a referral which I could call as my first entry in the Software Industry.

Author: It’s relevant that you are working in Testing Domain. How is your overall years of experience?. 

Sachin: It has been a decade-long journey in software testing but the opportunities to learn and prove never seizes. I have worked on a lot of applications, testing types, used many testing techniques at different stages of my career. For first 3-4 years I was very raw as any IT newbie, so I used to contribute to many projects, filed lot of bugs and of course stand for them and get it fixed (smiles). Later in the quest of learning new things such as Test Automation which I have been continued to learn over a period of time. I have also done Performance testing of Large Scale Applications which dealt with Data in Billions of units.

(Thinks) In all these, I have learnt a way to ensure quality of the product is very good and I collaborate well with other team members and cross core teams. Sense of ownership and passionate to do more is what keeps me going in this area.

Author: Why did you choose to work in a testing role as developer role is expected to be an aspired role?

Sachin: Yes testing role versus developer is an interesting choice but a preferred one for me over the last 10+ years. I would say it was a Mix of People who I met during my First Software Job and tendency of me being a person who likes to think more of quality and then asking others to check quality of my work. I think once I started learning testing basics, I found it interesting. Amount of Scope and Ownership which testing brings in amazes me. Also, people around me who had done great things as testers also inspired me to be a tester.

Author: What are your hobbies?

Sachin: Hobbies – Sharing interesting bits about work to Friends, Social Networking, Youtubing for some fun series and of course Cricket (smiles).

Author: What is your daily routine?
Sachin: From being very task specific I have become process specific over the last few years. So my daily routine revolves around solving problems smartly and finding long term solutions. Otherwise, I would spend some time with my daughter and also watch a bit of news on my favourite show at Times Now, Primetime (smiles).

 

Author: How did you find ‘Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview’ book helpful to aspiring software engineers and IT professionals?

Sachin: Book is helpful in following ways:
1. Gives specific details on how to prepare for interviews.
2. What to expect in interviews and how to approach when u get a call from big tech companies.

Author: Thank you Sachin for your valuable time and inspiring our aspiring engineer’s to become a test engineer’s. 

Sachin: Thanks (smiles)

Readers – aspiring software test engineer’s and IT professionals are free to leave your message for Sachin to answer on or before 03 Jan, 2015. We hope you are enjoying this section, feel free to leave your message for us to improve. Next week we shall bring to you another personality who is a Mechanical Engineering, worked with several companies such as L&T, Sun Microsystem, and Yahoo! to mention. He is presently a founding member and CEO of a start-up. We wish you a great new year 2015. Till then ‘Test IT’!  

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Ek Tha Kapoor – 498a


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(Journey of ‘Title is Untitled’ – Part 4)

This is in continuation to series of article (Read: Journey of Title is Untitled – Part 1My would be (husband) raped me!Dilwale Dulha le Jayenge and My Fantasy Boyfriend) to give insights for aspiring writers how the book evolved. The misuse of section 498a has caught attention since few years and there have stories around such incident. It is claimed by various victims that the section has paralysed many people by those who misused it. I had read such several stories that mostly were settled out of court and few fought through it for several years before proven innocent. After several read up Ek Tha Kapoor story was scripted in a serious note to bring the issue with sanity. Just few weeks before the Daawat-e-ishq a light-hearted movie was released that was on several theme. The chapter doesn’t preach but only bring the state of law misuser with a suspense.

Review by Parul ; Maniparna ;  Rajashree Ghosh

Buy your personal copy Link 1 ; Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4 ; Link 5 ; Link 6

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A. IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero

Writing of ‘Black, Grey and White’ book – Part 3


Black, Grey and White Book Cover
Black, Grey and White Book Cover

Making of ‘Black, Grey and White’ – Part 3

I am here to share experience of writing ‘Black, Grey and White’ book that was launched on 01 Dec 2014 on ‘World AIDS Day’. The series of articles (first part – Link and second part – Link) might help some aspiring writers. Various articles that continue to troll that made headlines in various sources. I wondered if someone had to put an end to such a thing, how it would be? This gave birth to chapter 3: A Game of Life, Lust and Death.

Review: Rajashree Ghosh ; Shilpa Patil ; Md. Ishaq

Buy your personal copy: Link 1Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4

Media: Link

Techgoss Coverage : Link

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A.IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero Title is Untitled

Person who fuelled ‘Title is Untitled’


As I mentioned in the first article Journey of ‘Title is Untitled’ – Part 1 that Dr. Bhagyashree helped for the beginning of book. I take an opportunity to thank her for helping us with insights for first two chapters.

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Read other relevant articles : My Would be (Husband) Raped Me! ; Dilwale Dulha le Jayenge ; My Fantasy Boyfriend

Review by Parul ; Maniparna ;  Rajashree Ghosh

Buy your personal copy Link 1 ; Link 2 ; Link 3 ; Link 4 ; Link 5

Authors other writings are – Black, Grey and White I Surrogate Author I Be a B.A. IGet a Job WITHOUT an Interview I Adhuri Prem Kahaniya I Second Heart I Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero

Writing of ‘Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview – Google & Beyond’ Book – Part 2


Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview
Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview

In the part 1 I discussed about the beginning of idea (incase you missed to read – Part 1). I spoke to most of the students who went through various rounds of interviews to get insights from recruiter perspective that be a technical test, technical interview, case based interviews, group discussion and HR interviews. I tried to connect those points to the job description and role projection after several years. This analogy seemed to me a short-term objective the way students prepared for campus recruitment and similar thing from hiring perspective. Even today it continue to remain same across many industries. I call it as ‘Pain-Oientiment’ relationship.

This exercise to put those points took almost two years. This has continue to remain on board for refinement to help for interview preparation in the present and future writings.

In the next article I will present how Indian marriages has helped the first chapter to shape and happen.

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To know more about the book: Book launch by CEO’s I Einstein Story & Book

The first copy of the book was opened by Dr.Meena R Chandavarkar, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Women’s University, Bijapur. The book launch activity was held at Cuppa Koramangala, Bengaluru – the launch was done by N K Narasimhan,CEO and Founder, Nascor Technologies (former employee of Yahoo!, Sun Microsystem, L&T),Bengaluru; Darshan, Businessman; Philip K, Franchise owner of Cuppa Koramangala, Bengaluru attended by motivators (friends).

A copy of book was presented to Mr.Suresh Narasimha, CEO and Founder, TeliBraham,Bengaluru

A review from blogger Book review
What industry people say:
1. A book for career over job preparation. – N. K. Narasimhan, Co-founder, Nascor Group, India (former employee of Yahoo!, Sun Microsystem and L&T)
2. Good Beginners book for IT aspirants and professionals. – Ashwin, Ex-Yahoo! and Flipkart Employee
3. A book for greater success not shortcut success. – Shivaleela, Principal Consultant
4. A great handbook for ‘Hiree’ and ‘Hirees’. – Bharath Ambrose, Corporate HR
5. Must buy for all IT aspirants! – S. Kumar, Project Manager, IT Product Company
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