Great job done by both the authors, it’s a must read book, especially for the today’s youth, who takes sex in a liberal way. It’s an eye opening book. For Further reading visit here – Foundation of Joy
Vikalp Trivedi rated a book 4 of 5 stars
In India AIDS is not only a disease but a social problem . In our country if anyone is infected by AIDS makes that person a social pariah irrespective of what was the behind the infaction . The reason of people get victimised by this deadly disease is lack of awareness and somewhere the overconservative thinking of our nation is highly responsible for this. It is not a topic on which we should remain quite we should talk about it , we should be aware about it . Here in this book the authors have done a commendable job to spread awareness about AIDS through the short stories . The stories not only focuses on the awareness of the disease but also on the social perspectives and even myths related to the disease (in story – 1, Shahid – The Martyr). All the stories have same agenda with different social backgrounds and different takes on AIDS . A really great book and a book needed to be read .
I read three novels by the same author , this was his best one. Absolutely the best. Very nicely written, the five stories , some like a long essay whereas some like a play. The last story and the second were the ones which touched me most. This novel was not just a collection of five stories but anthologies that spread general awareness about HIV virus except the last chapter which was about two brothers, Cain and Abel ( reference from Bible) who are divergent. Cain wants money, desires all the wrong things , disobeys his father and befriends Lucifer( the Lord of darkness and hell). Only Cain can see Lucifer, I think Satan here was that negative part of our brain that manipulates our thinking, intentionally injures our pride and makes us do reckless things. Abel on the other hand was the brother that obeyed his father, Abram and respected his brother, Cain. He was the better son and Cain was jealous of him. What would happen when Cain tries to kill him? That is a spoiler.
At last , I would conclude by recommending it to everyone, & also ask to recommend it to their friends to spread common awareness about disease like AIDS and supress the myths and depreciate them.
“On the whole,despite it’s flaws,’Black,Grey and White’ is one work which needs to be appreciated for the good intentions behind it.It’s definitely a one time read!”
‘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.
The book is more about awareness on very basic social issues which we usually avoid only because we have a very little time to concentrate in it. I have seen changes in me , the changes are a little more spreading awareness on HIV/Superstition and a differentiation in good & Evil. Author has touched the pulse of these issues and made it very simple to understand. Go ahead grab one today to make a better tomorrow.
Thank you Santa Santosh Avvannavar for all of your efforts, i wish you a very good luck and hopping to read more such writings on different aspects. – Mahesh Maddu
This particular book by the authors speaks about the AIDS and its misconceptions. It particularly creates awareness with the conversational type stories that themed around dealing with AIDS infected people and normal beliefs around it.
Black, Grey & White by Santosh Avvannavar is a revelation for anybody who desires to witness the flourish of affirmative change in the social order and offers its readers five incredible short stories that has a common endeavour to broaden understanding in relation to AIDS and is a chance for folks to join in the battle against AIDS and illustrate their solidarity for HIV positive individuals who has the right to breathe with their head held high devoid of apprehension of social snub.
HIV – is not merely a medical problem in India, but more than a social problem. So much so is the non acceptability of AIDS patients in India that if in a social gathering a confirmed AIDS patient is seen everyone’s face turns pale-as if seeing a ghost walking in front of them. If someone’s relative is found to be confirmed ELISA positive, he or she thinks that it is better to be swallowed by earth. We are not talking of the victims, because society does think they have the right to be denied of all rights by the society-they are the excluded ones. Everybody tends to forget in a hurry that although 87% of the cases contracted sexually and transfusion associated and the rest are from intravenous drug use and vertical transmitted infections. And anybody including those faces of hate can be the unfortunate victim.