‘Black Grey and White’ an excellent book that deals with social taboo associated with AIDS. AIDS has been around for a few decades now but still the misconceptions exist. In spite of several awareness programmes we have been unable to accept people with this syndrome as a part of our society. The authors have done a great a job in bringing out the misconceptions associated with it and also the problems faced by people tested positive. The book has five different stories:
- The first story talks about the various misconceptions around AIDS, and there is a suspense element added which makes it an interesting read.
- Chintu in the second story represents the HIV positive people and the problems they face in leading a normal life. A very simple story but brings out the issue very well.
- The third story takes us to the glamour world, where exploitation is quite common and the story is about aspirations, exploitation and revenge.
- Savita in the fourth story tells us how young girls like her become victims just because of the inadequate awareness and knowledge about HIV.
- Finally the fifth story moves away from HIV and talks about the different personalities siblings possess and the problems in parenting.
The book is a quick read but has a lot of learning in it. I appreciate the style in which the issue has been presented. Rating 4 stars on five.