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Silent stories from India
May 25, 2009 03:00 PM 756 Views
(Updated May 25, 2009 03:10 PM)



I have just finished Aids Sutra during my short stay at Agra last week. I without any doubt can say that this is the best book I have read in last couple of Years. Aids sutra is an edited book, subtitled as the untold stories from India and forwarded by Amritya sen. It contained the wonderful contributions of Legendry Authors like Sulman Rushdie, Kiran Desai, William Delrymple, and so many others who are competent enough to receive Booker and Noble prizes in Literature.Intoduction has written by Bill Gates. I am putting all these names so may guess the standard and quality of the book. This is not a sociological, Biological and economical study of AIDS or HIV Positives. This is simply a journey into the lives of those who are infected with this deadly virus or that section of society that is more vulnerably of Infection. Now I will tell you who came and with what in this journey.

Kiran Desaiconfronts Migration, Mortality and the coveted sex workers of coastal Andhra Pradesh. Shobha Deytells how a servent of her became HIV Positive. William Dalrymple meets the daughter of the goddess Yellama.Nalini Jones recounts an unexpected tale of falling in love. Jaspreet singh befriends some AIDS orphans. Sonia Faleiro explains why the police and sex workers are partners in crime.Siddharth Sanghvirecounts in the last days of a Mumbai filmmaker. C S Laxmi on the secrets that women keep.Amit Choudhary talks to doctors who are fighting more then just AIDS and others also are very impressive.

The book is well researched and it is very difficult that which part is better then others .Stories was unfolded in limited pages and developed finely characters appear suddenly from the Dark and lost without leaving a trace. The biggest USP of the book is sociological recommendations of HIV Patient in this book you will find that AIDS or HIV Patients are not aliens they can be anyone around you. Your drivers, your friends, relatives, servants and might be you too.

There are hopes in despair, struggle in fear, and self respect in isolation in some of articles. I personally liked Nikita Lalwani talking to doctor Toku: Dr .Toku himself is HIV Positive and working on a matrimonial agency to find out the Match for his Patients .Shobhaa De is very impressive dealing politely and feeling the pain of her driver who has got infections.Mukul Kesvan and Salman Rusdie went with details, in the community of male who have sex with male and Hijra communities. Both have written the details very impressively.

I think this is the book for ages. Those who read books for fun and enjoyment ,may be interested to read so many legendary writers writing together on a common and essential subject. Thanks for Bill Gates to sponsor such a fine study .

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