Titled is Untitled by Santosh Avvannavar, Kundan Srivastava and Raghunath Babu Are is a compilation of eleven wonderful short stories. This book can be called a work of ‘fiction for a cause’ (just like Dr. Santosh G. Huilgol’s and Santosh Avvannavar’s Second Heart) as each story in it imparts knowledge and awareness about the social prejudices that is plaguing our society. The book address some serious issues like prohibition of child marriage, it asks some poignant question like “Can the age for a girl to legally get married be 21 instead of 18?”, which is so very true.
In the battle between good and evil, though we all know that good wins yet we have allowed the ‘bad’ to dominate us many times, to get the better of us, and so the result is an extremely wicked world. We tend to move towards evil knowing full well that it will harm us. Through the elven short stories, the authors have tried to point out that the Invasion of evil has taken away the title or designation of people (sister, mother, etc.) and made it untitled ( that is, victim, whore and others). In other words, when it comes to lawlessness and oppression, no one is spared. That is why, the book is very aptly titled, “Titled is Untitled”. The authors have used a very simple narrative style so that their readers can relate to the goings-on of the society they live.
What I liked most about the book is the fact that at the end of each story, there is a ‘Dear ‘No Light’ Diary’ section that gives little snippets of valuable information for the readers.
Overall, the book is quite a successful attempt in handling the complex issues like child marriage, rape, false dowry allegation, marital disharmony so that we all can relate in some way or the other.
My rating: 4/5
Title is Untitled is currently available at @Pothi.com. It will soon be available at Createspace, Amazon.com, Amazon.in, and Flipkart as well. The FB link and cover page link is available at https://www.facebook.com/TitleisUntitledBook
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
Kundan Srivastava: Kundan is an engineer by education, Founder of Be In Humanity Foundation, Social Activist, RTI Activist, Columnist, Universal Humanity Awarded (2013), Bihar Pithadhish Purushkaar Awarded (2012). He was born in Raxual, Bihar and is one of Youngest Social Activist from Bihar. Kundan is a Technical Graduate (B-Tech) from Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun and the Top Achievers announced by College Management. He is well known for his role in Social Activist working for humanity cause and crime against Women, RTI Activist and his efforts to bring and awareness the Right to Information (RTI) act. From July 2013, he is a Member of political party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Raghunath Babu Are: B.E., M.Tech (IISc, Bangalore), Sr. Software Engg, over 5+ year of experience as a Software Engineer at Yahoo! and Microsoft India. An alumnus of IISc, Bangalore.