Book Review: Black Grey and White by Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh I. Biradar

Book Review: Black Grey and White by Santosh Avvannavar, Santosh I. Biradar

*No of Pages: 124 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction *Rating: 4/5

My View:

A very hard topic picked by the author. An eye opening book on HIV awareness, the book is informative but according to my view the last chapter was not needed, because book is a researched material on AIDS, it’s a non fiction then why to put the story of Abram. The controversial issue narrated by both the authors in very simple way.

I still remember there was a patient suffering from AIDS, so when he met with an accident even doctor told bluntly that he will not help or will not take his case. I don’t know why Doctor rejected his case, but after reading many such cases through this book it became clear that even family members keep a distance from his own member, they are being treated very negatively.

The book is very short can be completed in one sitting; also language is very simple and is written in conversational way. And the writing style is very much appreciable. There are five such stories in the book. The first chapter is about myth. The journalist receives letters from different places, so tracks the source of this letter and came to know how an educated people think while he suffers of HIV, even to kill innocent girls. It’s also a story of human trafficking.  

The second story is of a boy named Chintu, who was not accepted in the school. He suffers the punishment which he has not done. The third story is about casting-couch a burning issue in media. How in the name of publicity many people ruins the life of upcoming stars.

This is one of the best story among all five. The fourth one is the story of a teenage girl who unknowingly becomes the victim of AIDS because of his husband. And the last one is a lesson from Bible to the parents.
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.


This book gifts its reader’s five fantastic short stories that has 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. The book is an eye opener for anyone who wish to see the wave of positive change in society. Everyone including the brave hearts Savita, Chintu, Mithali has the right to live with their head 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!