AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 18, 2011 - Social Science - 352 pages
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In this groundbreaking anthology, sixteen renowned writers tell the hidden story of the AIDS crisis, illuminating the complex nature of one of the major problems facing the developing world. India is home to almost 3 million HIV cases, but AIDS is still stigmatized and shrouded in denial. Discrimination against HIV-affected individuals in hospitals, schools, and even among families is common, just as discussion about HIV and participation in prevention or treatment programs are not. In this riveting book, sixteen of India's most well-known writers go on the road to uncover the reality of AIDS in India and tell the human stories behind the epidemic.Kiran Desai travels to the coast of Andhra Pradesh, where the sex workers are considered the most desirable; Salman Rushdie meets members of Mumbai's transgender community; William Dalrymple encounters the devadasis, women who have been “married” to a temple goddess and thus are deemed acceptable for transactional sex. Eye-opening, hard-hitting, and moving, AIDS Sutra presents a side of India rarely seen before.


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Contents

VERSUS HOSPITAL Y Nikita Lalwani 17
19
NIGHT CLAIMS THE GODAVARI Kiran Desai 37
39
HELLO DARLING Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi 57
59
MAARNE KA BHAGANE KA Sonia Faleiro 77
101
BHOOT KI KAHAANIAN Jaspreet Singh 119
157
NOWHERE TO CALL HOME Mukul Kesavan 177
179
THE LOST GENERATION OF MANIPUR Siddhartha Deb 197
199
THE DAUGHTERS OF YELLAMMA William Dalrymple 217
219
WHEN AIDS CAME HOME Shobhaa De
245
A POEM ABOUT AIDS Vikram Seth 279
281
LOVE IN THE TIME OF POSITIVES Nalini Jones 311
313
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates in 2000 and doubled in size by Warren Buffett in 2006. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the United States, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.


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