Dr. Sandeep Huilgol and Santosh Avvannavar authors’ of ‘Second Heart’ – a medical fiction book on Kidney issues were on AIR to bring awareness on the need to protect kidneys as we protect any other organs. Dr Sandeep Huilgol enriched with his several experiences. Santosh Avvannavar brought out the stories that we put in the books to encourage readers to understand the issues through simple and lucid writings.
We plead to sign-up for Cadver Donation Program at your district hospital to give life to several others.
An idea could trigger off to become a bookShe: Ekla Cholo Re is still amusing to us! It has been a great journey of writing a story that is often ‘unsaid, presented in a face-lift way’! The book is set to launch on 24 Oct 2015. We also like to thank you all for the promising reviews and feedback! We are trying to evolve and seek your guidance to do so! Dr. Shayan Haq (author of She) has been instrumental in bringing the story in a harmonious way. His childhood experience at Bengal was handy in picking the scenarios. Rajashree Ghosh editor of ‘She’ gave a patient hearing on the idea initially and the story latter. She gave a Midas Touch to bring right Bengali context in the missing parts of the story. Authors’ take this opportunity to thank her for the contribution! I personally feel She: Ekla Cholo Re would be a worth a thing to ponder over after the quick read!
Blurb: Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? Find out in She, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others.
Author of Title is Untitled ; Black, Grey and White ; Surrogate Author ; Umbilical Cord ; Second Heart
“She is one of the finest book to read” – Sujeeth Kumar, Project Manager, MNC Bengaluru
“A story often untold. Appreciate the team for presenting She in the best possible harmonious way!” – N K Narasimhan, CEO and Co-Founder, Nascor Technologies, Bengaluru
“Don’t miss the ending!” – Raghunath Babu Are, Employee at Microsoft, Bengaluru
Solomon Manoj rated a book 4 of 5 stars #SecondHeart by Dr. Sandeep G Huilgol & Santosh Avvannavar
Let me start the review with an apology note to the author who was kind enough to send me a copy in exchange of a review.
Second Heart is an anthology of five fictional stories that deals with various misconceptions that surrounds Kidney also known as Second Heart.
We don’t focus much of Kidneys as much as we do for other vital organs such as heart or brain. As of 2013 17% of urban Indians have kidney disease ( the numbers might have drastically increased), out of which 6% had stage III, which needs medical attention such as dialysis or transplant. The shocking finding is that most of them were not aware of it till reached a chronic stage or have undergone any kidney fuction test (Source: Times of India)
The book provides an insight of the fuction of Kidneys, the reasons/symptoms of diseases and also on pros and cons of dialysis and transplant. The language is simple without much of medical jargons which helps even the lay man to understand.
As always the writings are backed up with data to emphasise the importance of the subject. Doctor’s dairy- a note at the end of each story gives a glimpse of observation of doctors and few do’s and don’ts.
Do give it a read if you want to be aware of your Second Heart.
“I am more than glad that the authors have taken a new path in enlightening common man about diseases. They say that a picture speaks thousand times more than words. And I say that a tiny story can speak volumes in comparison to huge thesis.”
A God-fearing man, a kind-hearted human and a person who uses his skills and knowledge to write about social issues with the intention of drawing the attention of readers to the problems at hand and then working together to provide a solution for the same. Santosh Avvannvar is all of this and much more!
We bring to you series of article to give insights for aspiring writers how the book evolved (Part 1). For next several days we had talk on the kind of stories that would cover facts, myths and reality of kidney issues to weave in between the stories. Dr. Sandeep’s personal experience of handling various patient was handy to understand the technicalities and stories were woven in between. The first chapter was Unforgotten Love, Love That Returned and Faith that has a story of a doctor who neglects a high blood pressure being a doctor himself and it was one of the root cause for kidney failure.
Quote from the chapter-
‘My love story is no less than Shahrukhan movies, Kabhi Failure Kabhi Recovery’
I am from 1970’s born, lived in a simple and humble family. The dreams were simple – study, get a job, marry and multiply. I perhaps believe that a generation earlier to me were still happier and lead a better life. In those days passing a degree was respected and option was mainly government jobs. I finished my matriculation and found a job with no much of hassles. In few years got married and in less than two years had a child too!
Things have changed for my children, they lifestyle is something that cannot be compared to mine. I am not saying there are bad but they are missing something many of us people have cherished it. They struggle with education (a pressure that is created by the system), they worry about job (oversee their imperfection) and falling love (highly influenced by film). I have seen them struggle getting their first job and first love, though they believe this it’s going to be enduring! May be I am boasting too much of people of 1970’s as they are boasting people of 1990’s. Perhaps this cycle of ‘First love and First Job’ will have new story with every new generation to come.
Written Author of ‘Black, Grey & White’, ‘Title is Untitled’, ‘Surrogate Author’, ‘Be a B.A.’, Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview’, ‘Second heart’
We bring to you series of article to give insights for aspiring writers how the book evolved. I had just published Adhuri Prem Kahaniya and was visiting various place to talk and promote the book. I met Sandeep at CCD, Bengaluru over a cup of coffee for a casual talk. In talk I learnt that he is keen to write a awareness book (something like information) on kidney issue. He is a Nephrologist at NH City and it wasn’t my area to explore. I felt information book might find only patient as readers provided they are open to read as a fact and myths. If its a technical book it will become academic and I wouldn’t be the person to collaborate. We spoke over next many days to write a fictional book that will keep the objective of bring awareness that would help any reader. This was the beginning of untitled book.
I am writing this based on feedback/review and request for aspiring writers to know how ‘Title is Untitled’ evolved. These series of articles to be looked as a source of inspirations and remember that a book is a team effort. It all started in a causal discussion with a sister (& friend) Dr.Bhagyashree in Sep 2013. She happen to mention about two stories that two women (victims) faced for their no mistake. I cling to Dr.Bhagyashree till the characters went visually into my head. This gave birth to write a writing a book on social issues with a tentative title ‘First Night, No Light’. Harish, a friend laughed at the title and mentioned that the book will create waves. However the title got changed but it remained as a tagline. Her snippet formed first two chapters
Chapter 1: Kamali : The desire of my heart
Chapter 2: Sahana : A game of love, lust and repetitive compulsion
These two chapters dealt with sensitive issues such as ‘child marriage’ and ‘impotency’. These two chapters taught of the meaning of disciplining ‘forgiving and forgetting’ and I feel these two characters form a model for such victims.