Book Review #13: Second Heart

Name: Second Heart
Author: Dr. Sandeep G. Huilgol & Santosh Avvannavar
No. of Pages: 78
Genre: Fiction/Short Stories
Publisher: Aravind India (
Price: Rs. 80/-
Published in: 2014

The blurb of the book says:
The book encompasses five five different heart touching stories with simple narration to bring an awareness about the misconception about kidney (referred as Second Heart) issues among general public. These are partly based on true stories about individual experiences. The book attempts on non-technical handling of a technical issue through emotional stories.

About the author:
Dr. Sandeep Huilgol : Sandeep did his medical schooling from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli and he underwent his medical training at Mallya Hospital a leading super specialty hospital in Bengaluru. During his medical training, he developed a special interest in nephrology, which deals with kidney diseases. After having spent a year in the Nephrology department to complete his Masters at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom he returned back to India to undergo further training in Nephrology and transplantation at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore.

He has published articles on kidney diseases in National daily and an international magazine apart from academic publications and presentations. He is also part of an initiative, a journal that is trying to create a platform for the resident to publish academic articles. During his Nephrology training, he has come across many patients with various problems other than medical that were more troublesome than kidney diseases. This prompted him to come up with an idea to create awareness among the general public about the matterand he has given several talks to achieve this objective with which he is not satisfied yet and aims to reach a larger audience in future.

Santosh Avvannavar : Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. He did his college education from NITK, Surathkal. He functioned as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University 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 on a website, namely and ventures into fiction writing. He delivered seminars and training to more than 33,000 people in India and abroad over the span of 7 years.

Cover: The cover is an illustration of a heart and kidneys. The covers reveals that the book has something to do with the medical field.

Writing: Simple.

Story: The stories are woven around characters who suffer from some kind of kidney ailment. Each story ends with a doctor's note advising the reader about the kidney problems.
The book is written and published primarily as a creative way to generate awareness about the importance of kidneys and the issues concerned with kidney ailments. After reading it I learned what can affect kidneys in a negative way, what can be the symptoms of a kidney ailment and about issues regarding kidney donors. It is a quick read as it consists of just fives stories. The stories are plain and uncomplicated, written not for the purpose of literature but to create medical awareness among the general public.

I give "Second Heart" 3 stars on a scale of 5.

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