Thursday, January 28, 2021

Death On the Nile - Book Review

 Book Review

Book Name   : Death on the Nile

Author          : Agatha Christie

Publisher       : Harper Collins

Format          : Paper back

Pages            : 373

About the Book:

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie was first published in Great Britain by Collins in 1937. This book features, Agatha Christie's most popular detective, Hercules Poirot. The action takes place in Egypt on the Nile River on a ship.

Hercules Poirot is Vacationing in Egypt. There he meets Linnet Doyle, who is on her honeymoon. She is very beautiful and filthy rich. Everyone is jealous of her. She marries her best friend's boyfriend, Simon. She comes to Poirot and tells him that she is scared of Jacqueline, her best friend, who resents her and is stalking her. She has come after her in the boat too. Linnet thinks that she might harm her. Does Linnet need to be careful? Is she the only one who should be on a look out ? Read the book to know more.

Review :

I am a huge Agatha Christie fan. I have read almost all her books. Poirot is my favorite. I love his integrity and demeanor. His stories never fail to entertain. It is a fast paced book . The sequence of events keeps one glued to the book. This book is based on a beautiful setting, all the character have excellent dialogues and the climax is outstanding. This book is almost 100 years old but the language is very lucid.Even today, Agatha Christie's books are loved world over. She is still the Queen of Crime and suspense!

About the author :

Agatha Christie was an English writer known for her sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercules Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which was performed in the West End  from 1952 to 2020, as well as six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. In 1971, she was made a Dame (DBE) for her contributions to literature. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Stigmas associated with Mental Health in India


Indians often take pride in their rich culture: in their religions, languages, dance, music, architecture and food. However, sadly, the Indian society still looks down upon people suffering from mental illnesses. A mental illness in the Indian society is not understood and is often stigmatized.

Stigmas associated with mental illness are the misguided views that individuals who are undergoing psychological and emotional distress are different from us. However, all humans experience distress in varying degrees in everyday life. In the olden days, people used to believe that mental health issues are caused by the possession of some demonic or spiritual possession which led to fear and discrimination.

It is not easy for people to come forward and talk if they are experiencing difficulties coping with stressful circumstances, if they feel sad or anxious, or if they feel lost. The stigmas surrounding mental health make it even harder to do so. These stigmas can worsen the person’s mental and physical health. They lead to discrimination, withdrawal and social isolation. This discrimination can either be direct or it can indirect. Direct discrimination can be passing off rude remarks about someone’s mental health and making them feel worse about themselves. Indirect discrimination can be avoiding the person who if suffering from some mental illness, assuming that the person may be violent or unstable. 

Sadly, people believe that people suffering from mental illnesses cannot be cured and therapy is a waste of time.

Harmful effects of mental health stigmas:

  •        Family, friends and peers at work do not understand what the individual is going through. People either try to avoid talking about the subject or completely ignore the person.
  •        People who are suffering from a mental illness are reluctant to go for therapy and seek help. They consider it as a shame or a disability and choose to keep mum about it. 
  •      People who are suffering from mental illnesses get harassed or bullied by others.
  •         There are less job opportunities for people who are suffering from mental health issues.
  •         Health insurance doesn’t adequately cover the treatment of mental illnesses.

Anyone can suffer from a mental illness. One does not realize it but young children can also suffer from mental health issues. It is very important to understand the signs of people who are suffering from a mental illness, provide social support, and adequate treatment for it.

This post is my first post of Blogchatter's Cause a Chatter . In my next post, I will explain how the stigmas are different for both adults and children and how to help overcome these stigmas.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

2021 Book Reading Clallenge


I belong to a family where everyone loves to read. My journey of reading began with the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton when I was 10 years old. After that began my love affair with books. I read the classic books like A Christmas Carol, Adventures of Tom Sawyer to mystery books like Nancy drew and Agatha Christie. But when I was in the tenth standard as studies became a priority. Although I loved to read but I got very busy with my studies and after that hardly read 3-4 books in a year. When I was in college I enjoyed reading books by Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, Harlan Coben and Nora Roberts. But still I wasn’t able to give time to reading as much I would love to give. Once I got married and my son was born, reading took a complete back seat. That was the time when I couldn’t go out much and I wanted to something for myself. When my son was about 4 months old, I started reading again. I used to look forward to reading when he slept. I took a membership in our local library. Chennai has excellent libraries. They have a huge variety of books, from the latest books to classics.

From the last four years, I have revived my hobby again. The most common question which my friends ask me is when do I get time to read. I tell everyone that if you love something, you will definitely take out 30 minutes for it. Either I wake up early before everyone wakes up in my family. I enjoy my alone time with my book and a cup of coffee or before going to bed, I read a few pages of a book.

Thanks to Blogchatter, I have participated in Blogchatter Reading challenge 2021, #tbrchallenge. I resolve to read 50 books this year. If you love to read, you can participate too. Log in to their website and just register for the challenge here

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Book Review - Spiritual Anatomy: Meditation, Chakras, and the Journey to the Center

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