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AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India

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Publisher: Random House India
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Book Summary of AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India

Sixteen stories, sixteen lives India is already home to 5.2 million HIV cases–outnumbered only by South Africa. But AIDS is still a disease stigmatised and shrouded in denial. In this unique anthology, sixteen of India’s best known writers go on the road to uncover the country’s AIDS epidemic: the trucker who makes his punishing all night journeys; the disaffected youth in the Northeast, many of whom are now injecting drug users; and the housewives who have unknowingly contracted the disease from their husbands.

William Dalrymple meets the devadasis, many of whom have become victims of HIV; Kiran Desai goes to meet the coveted sex workers of coastal Andhra; Sunil Ganguly returns to his old haunt, Sonagachhi; Salman Rushdie spends a day with the hijras of Bombay; Sonia Faleiro looks at the destructive nexus between the police and sex workers; and Shobhaa De writes about when AIDS came home.

Together the pieces make up a complex—and gripping—picture of AIDS in India: who it’s affecting, how and why.

Details of Book: AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India (BSID:2229)

Book AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India
Author Various
ISBN 8184000391
ISBN-13 9788184000399, 978-8184000399
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Random House India
Publishing Date 01/08/08
Number of Pages 352
Language English

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Puneri December 29, 2011 review from Goodreads

They say "Truth is powerful". AIDS Sutra, an anthology of stories about HIV/AIDS problem in India, is definitely one of the most powerful work I have read. The stories written by some of India's best novelists throw a light on the untold and most detested public health problem, which has been den...

Peggy May 31, 2009 review from Goodreads

AIDS SUTRA is a series of essays that describe how AIDS is being transmitted in India and how that relates to culture. Sex work is common and the book presented it as having a kind of blue collar dignity to it--working with the body, just as others do (athletes, farmworkers, haulers). Sacred pros...

Neha March 29, 2010 review from Goodreads

This book is a collection of short stories by well known authors on real HIV effected people. It talks about the prejudices they go through and the initiatives that have been taken to uplift these people. I took this book thinking of Fictional stories from some of my faviorite authors - but it tu...

Anne February 12, 2009 review from Goodreads

When I was in high school, I read a National Geographic article about HIV/AIDS in India. The article focused primarily on the sex industry, and I was horrified at the lack of education among the population, as well as the poverty and refusal for government intervention that forced people into suc...

suzy May 15, 2009 review from Goodreads

Great eclectic anthology. I found all of the stories so interesting, but I especially liked those written by Sunil Gangopadhyay, Nalini Jones, William Dalrymple, and Aman Sethi. Sethi's "The Last of the Ustaads" was tied with Gangopadhyay's "Return to Sonagachhi" for my favorite. *spoiler*Was any...

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