Fortunately for Ashok his family
did not reject him. His father gave him full support when he was
discharged from the Navy.
Time went by.
The Navy doctors prediction turned out to be wrong. He had
already lived for six years instead of the predicted two. He
thought of coming back to life. Hope revived when he met Upendra
(name changed) the first one to start an association for
AIDS patients at Pune. And here started his new journey of
helping people living with the virus.
revolves around people like Ashok, Upendra and several others
who have set an example for the future generations. They have
proved that "Life does not end with a verdict of having
The book is
divided into three sections "Face of the
epidemic", "The numbers game" and "We shall
overcome". The first is the real-life story of Ashok and
his journey from a victim to a fighter for the rights of
gives information on various organisations helping the HIV
victims, the way these organisations work and the problems they
The third, and
the most important, consists of the stories of several
courageous men and women with HIV/AIDS who have formed networks
like Indian Network for Positive people (INP+), Network of
Maharashtra Positive People (NMP+) etc. These networks provide
health care facilities, balanced diets, free medicines and the
much-needed love and affection to the infected.
But what makes
one sad is the poor response of the general public and the
government Equally disappointing is the attitude of the doctors.
Not only this, AIDS has given free run to some
super-specialists, boasting their recently-acquired technology,
promising results, robbing people of their hard-earned savings
and ultimately landing them in trouble.
The book, extraordinary in
itself, presents both the grim and bright side of life. It shows
that AIDS is not all about death and destruction but also about
courage and self-determination. It should come as an eye-opener
to those who accept things the way they are and do not bother to
set them right. On the whole, Kalpana Jain has done a laudable
job in producing this well-researched and informative piece of