Second Heart by Dr. Santosh G. Huilgol and Santosh Avvannavar is a compilation of five wonderful short stories. This book can be called a work of ‘fiction for a cause’ as each story in it imparts knowledge and awareness about kidney diseases and the problems which we overlook very conveniently. Thus, we pay a big price for taking ourselves for granted. The authors have used a very simple narrative style to bring out this simple truth of life. The book addresses several social issues like pre-marital sex and pregnancy, the adverse effects of self-medication and consuming over-the counter medicines to cure ourselves. Love plays a predominant role in all the stories.
What I liked most about the book is the fact that at the end of each story, there is a ‘Doctor’s diary’ section that educates the readers about the diseases, their diagnosis, and what happens when we ignore the signals. These are little snippets of valuable information for the common man. My personal favorite is the last chapter – Shalom. It addresses the very important social issue of human trafficking.
Overall, the book is quite a successful attempt in handling the complex issue of kidney related ailments in an easy and reader-friendly manner, so that we all can relate in some way or the other. Who would have thought that such a book can come up that would urge us to take care of our kidneys in such a easy and entertaining way?!
My rating: 4/5
About The Authors
Santosh Avvannavar started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. He did his college education from NITK, Surathkal. He functioned as a scientist at University of Eindhoven, College of Twente and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President, while he was working at IISC Bangalore. He has over 25 publications of mostly research documents that have found their place in National & International Journals. Also, he has done 16 conference papers and regularly functions as a writer of different articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He is an advisor for different organizations. Throughout his personal time he composes his thoughts in a website, http://www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com.
Dr . Sandeep G. Huilgol did his medical schooling from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences , Hubli and he underwent his medical training at Mallya Hospital. During his medical training, he developed a special interest in nephrology . After having spent a year in the Nephrology Department to complete his Masters at the University of Sheffield , UK ,he returned to India to undergo further training in nephrology and transplantation at Narayana Hrudayalaya , Bengaluru. He too has published several articles on kidney diseases in National daily.