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Must-read fiction and non-fiction books about Pandemics: Your next read during the quarantine

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We all know how the “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” got out of stock suddenly after the fire incident at Notre Dame. Similarly, with the outbreak of Global Pandemic Corona Virus, much great fiction and a non-fiction books about Pandemics are in limelight. Some of these literary works on Pandemics are based on real pandemics while some of them are part of the authors’ imagination. These books are ready to become part of your reading list during this quarantine. These will help you understand the social and economic conditions of society during various pandemics and how they affect individuals. So, let us have a look at the list of must-read books about pandemics: –

The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers

books about pandemic (the next pandemic)

The Next Pandemic: On Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers is a must-read book written by Dr Ali S. Khan. The book throws light on the fact that microbes cause diseases but the people help in spreading it. With the advent of various deadly viruses like Ebola, Zika and now, Corona, it is quite sure that these epidemics are normal and they will keep on coming back. But how deadly they will become will depend upon the people. People often take precautions for granted, politicize emergencies and try to take it lightly. In this book, Dr Khan has talked about the pandemics and measures to be taken in case they return.

A Journal of The Plague Year (Penguin Classics)

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A Journal of The Plague Year is written by Daniel Defoe. It is published by Penguin Classics and throws light at the 17th Century London where the streets turned empty and human life faded away in suffering due to outbreak of Plague. The book is written in the form of Journal of Defoe who was only five years old during the outbreak of the Plague. For the book, he recalled some of his memories and also used his experience. Though the experiences recollected in the book are four centuries older yet the social situation can be related to the present society in many ways.

Beauty Salon

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Beauty Salon has been written by Mario Bellatin and Kurt Hollander. It is a work of imagination in which a pandemic broke out which infected men only. The narrator of the story gave refuge to some men in his beauty salon but the number of men began to increase. Whenever one of them dies, others came to replace the dead. The book metaphorically points towards AIDS and social treatment of a patient as the time when this book was written was known for a revolution against the inhumane social treatment of AIDS patients.

The Pandemic Century – One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris

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The Pandemic Century is written by Mark Honigsbaum. In this book, the author brings out the notion that our science is still not developed enough to prevent deadly pathogens present in the air waiting to cause harm to human life. In 1918, when Spanish Flu broke out, scientists and medical experts tried their best to prevent such deadly Pandemics in future. But even after a century of development in medical science, Zika, Ebola and Corona caused Hysteria in society.

The Coronavirus: what you Need to Know about the Global Pandemic

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The Coronavirus is written by Dr Swapnil Parikh. Dr Parikh has written about all the myths and facts that surround the evolution of Coronavirus. The book is written with keeping India in mind as India is a country with high population density and this increases the risk of coronavirus altogether. This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to understand the real cause of addressing this deadly pandemic.

These books on pandemic will not only help you get rid of boredom but also enhance your knowledge about the issue of grave concern. Even the imaginary novella like Beauty Salon is powerful enough to enhance the analytical skill of the readers and make them analyse both the stage of medical evolution we are at and the outlook of society towards such pandemics and those who are diagnosed with it.

I have had 3 years of experience in the field of media, as a video production assistant, photographer and as a writer. I am a political science graduate from the University of Mumbai.

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Rafael Nadal Winning Yet Another French Open And Proving Why His King Of Clay

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Rafael Nadal Winning Yet Another French Open

The Popularity of the Spanish sportsman, Rafael Nadal in the tennis world is well-known. His dominance over the French Open over all these years is also not new, since any seasons he has shown why he should be considered for the tag of greatness. In the 2020s French, Open Nadal delivered a clear dominant with scores 6-0, 6-2, 7-5, over Novak Djokovic. Djokovic praised Nadal by saying, “He keeps going. No holding him back, it seems like. It’s amazing. I mean, I admire all his achievements”

Rafael Nadal French Open win

Reactions after the win

With these outstanding scores, he is now tied with Roger Federer at 20 major singles championships, which is more than any player achieved in the tennis history. Due to two back-to-back Knee surgeries Federer who is 39 years at the moment, sat out both the U.S. Open and French Open. But after Nadal’s win he posted a congratulatory note on Instagram:

“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion. As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players,” Federer began, ending with: “I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it.”

After the victory, Nadal himself commented that “(To) win here means everything to me, no? It’s not the moment, honestly … (to) think today about the 20th,” and went on to say,  “Roland Garros means everything to me. I spent, here, the most important moments — or most of the most important moments — in my tennis career, no doubt about that.”

At the moment he is ranked second, after his French Win. But if Djokovic won this season then the trio, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic will be standing at 20-19-18. But with Nadal’s win, it brought him closer to break another historic record.

The record he has made is extraordinary and unbelievable but then there are certain factors that contribute to it. Nadal is known as the king of clays since his early childhood planning tennis. He plays best on the best on the red surface and Heavy topspin forehands, incredible defense and a position way behind the baseline make him undefeatable. Nadal is a left-handed player which benefits him immensely, maybe that is the reason behind several wins. His left-hand strikes give him certain unique angles that the opponent is often seen at a loss.

Final Words

Since he is playing from a very early age, he has sustained several injuries. One of the most severe ones was in his knees (Tendinitis). The specialists of the Tennis world have always pondered upon a singular thought: what would have Nadal achieved if he was free of pain and several injuries?

It is explicitly clear that the man was born to reign the Tennis Court while he plays. His fitness, strength, skills, and attitude that goes beyond the court boundary also contribute to his victory.

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NCB And Bollywood Drug Nexus: Everything You Need To Know

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NCB And Bollywood Drug Nexus

What started as a murder mystery related to the death of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has now turned into a hunt for Bollywood Drug Nexus. During the interrogation of Rhea Chakraborty, few of WhatsApp chat messages were retrieved which game indication to drug consumptions by the Late Actor as well as people linked to him. Many of A-list Bollywood actors and managers were summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for questioning.

Some of the actors who were Shraddha Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, manager Krishnma Prakash and Kshitij Prasad. One round of questioning is already done by the NCB but it said that the actors may have to be questioned again. Many people took to social media to extend support towards the actors. Karan Johar, who is the owner of Dharma Productions after the arrest of Kshitij Prasad broke his silence about the drug case.

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NCB And Bollywood Drug Nexus

 

  • Shraddha Kapoor who shared the big screen with Sushant Singh Rajput in Chhichhore confessed that Sushant Singh Rajput used to consume drugs in his vanity van during the process of filming but she vehemently denies consuming anything of that sort. When the NCB questioned her about the party that SSR threw in his Pawana guesthouse, she stated that the party had just weed and alcohol; no drugs were present in the scene.
  • Deepika Padukone was questioned by NCB for 5 long hours where she accepted that the part related to WhatsApp group but denied drug consumption. NCB did not give the nuances of the interrogation.
  • Krishnma Prakash is the former manager of Deepika Padukone who was part of the WhatsApp group where procuring hash was discussed.
  • Sara Ali Khan’s name got involved with this drug case when Rhea Chakroborty claimed that Sara Ali Khan used to consume drugs along with her and SSR. When interrogated Sara Ali Khan denied consuming drugs but revealed that she dated the late actor briefly during their “Kedarnath” Shoot.
  • Kshitij Prasad is a former producer of Dharmatic Entertainment – a sister concern of Dharma Productions was arrested in FIR 16/2020 of NCB Mumbai zonal unit. He was supposedly involved with the major drug peddlers of Mumbai region. When interrogated by NCB, Prasad stated that he only used to procure drugs for his own consumption.

Final Words

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) released a statement saying that the interrogation and the answers of the actors cannot be revealed, it will be directly submitted in the court. “The actresses have denied taking drugs. We may serve them a summons for further questioning if we find new evidence. Their questioning is over for now,” and that  they think there might be a  link between Shraddha Kapoor’s and Sara Ali Khan’s case. All the actors have denied using any form of drugs, they even went ahead to claim that they do not even indulge in the activity of smoking. The main aim of NCB is to bring down the “drug Nexus” that is functional in Bollywood.

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Top Memes On Tewatia’s Blistering Performance

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Top Memes On Tewatia's Blistering Performance

Indian Premier League is one of the most-awaited and thrilling events that the citizens of India wait for throughout the year. Like most of the previous IPL seasons, this year also brought jitters, cringe moments, moments of fun and cheer but most importantly a Plethora of memes. Memes are the new trend that is raging the internet, be it for positive notions or negative. The incident with Rahul Tewatia slings clearly to the positive and the brighter side.

In the match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, the latter team reached a mind-numbing scored which exceeded beyond 200 runs. The credit for this goes to none other than Mayank Agarwal who scored a quick century. When it was time for Tewatia’s batting, people became thought Rajasthan Royals will lose the match because the batsman kept missing the balls and had just 8 runs in 19 balls. But to the utter surprise of everyone, when Sheldon Cottrell came to bowl, Tewatia’s luck got the best of the situation. Tewatia hit five sixes in 6 balls. If this is not turning the game around, then I don’t know what it is.

Right after that the world of social media flooded its platform with positive memes.

Here Are Some Memes That Will Definitely Crack You Up

A Bit of Fun- This picture is taken from the famous comedy show “Comedy Nights with Kapil”. The picture itself is quite self- explanatory

Top Memes On Tewatia's Blistering Performance

 

“Hera Pheri” Fans round up

Top Memes On Tewatia's Blistering Performance

Hulk all the way – Tewatia is clearly being compared to the “smash” version of Hulk.

Top Memes On Tewatia's Blistering Performance

Leonardo Dicaprio to the rescue

Top Memes On Tewatia's Blistering Performance

The memes that were created after the win of Rajasthan Royals surely kept the spirits of the game active. The fun banter between both the teams was a pleasure to watch as well. We hope to see more such incidents.

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 The Social Dilemma: The Lesser-Known Pandemic

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Edward Tufte said, “There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software”. The new Netflix original documentary by jeff Orlowski “the social dilemma” brings to you the dark side of the social media that keeps you addicted to a virtual world. It is a well-documented and a very staunch portrayal of social media.

It explores the spooky side of these platforms which has the capability to manipulate and psychologically affect human beings from people who have closely worked in these industries. These people talk about the distress they felt when they worked for something. How it is taking hold of an individual’s life and play around with it to earn profit to become the most successful industries in the history of humankind. This group of people is from social media giants like Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and many others.

What is the “dilemma”?

Social Dilemma Review

As the name suggests, it talks about the dilemma that is social media. I talked to one of my friends from school today, she is doing fine and told me about this new show she is watching. Well, I also saw stumbled upon celebrity news casually scrolling which by the way, has no use for me.  Now, that is the dilemma we are talking about. The documentary talks about our heavy dependence on social media in today’s world and how we fell prey to this trap. In today’s world, it is not possible for one to totally isolate themselves from social media.

All our work has come to Gmail, Pinterest is the world of ideas, and for much social media is the workplace. We found all our old friends on social media and stay connected with our family and friends. But at the same time, we can’t put our down at the dinner table to have an actual conversation with our family. This dilemma is really where we can’t go with just the good part, we will take along the repercussion as well. This is the question this documentary puts out there. The dilemma of good and bad. But the question is, “is the payoff of good is enough to compensate for the cost of bad”?

What are these “bad”?

The Social Dilemma Review

Now, how this social media is affecting you? Manipulation of the Human brain, social media is a world of ideas and how these ideas are presented to you is based on an algorithm that is up to the maker of these platforms to decide. This sequence and control over what one is coming across leads to restricting the way one thinks and builds is the point of view.

Social media has been used as a weapon by many people to pour out false information that is provocative, degrading, and spread negativity across communities resulting in things like riots, violent actions, and sometimes even things like mass killings. We came across this kind of news almost every day. Content related to ideal beauty types, body shaming, hate comments, and constant exposure to advertisements are all constantly floating on social media specifically affecting teenagers and the young generation.

These algorithms work to keep you looking at your screen and is an addiction that needs to be addressed. Unknowingly, social media is affecting all aspects of our life It puts a threat on democracy, increase depression, and even suicides, mob violence, etc. it has also lead to people losing contact from the actual world. Addiction to devices has distanced families and also affects other relationships which are totally opposite to the way humans are supposed to behave, humans as a species are supposed to be open-minded, dynamic, and communicative. Not to just hide behind screens.

Final words

Jeff Orlowski has very rightly called it the social dilemma. But at the end of the day, it’s in our hands that how do we want to live How do we want ideas to come to us and how we decide to act to them. All of this can be summed up in one last question – whether we want to live a life that is influenced by people around us, with a wide range of ideas on all aspects from all sources, not just a few selected ones, or a life that is operated by an algorithm.

 

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IPL Fake Crowd Memes Are Still Trending

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IPL Fake Crowd Memes

Seeing the current situation, it was evident from the very onset that there were going to be major changes in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), one of the most anticipated events in the sports work. But what the audience did not expect is the fake additional cheers. The current IPL is being held at empty stadiums in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and the management is doing their best to keep it virus free.

They aim of the added IPL Fake Crowd cheers and shouts of joy were meant to make the matches livelier, much like how it is done for sitcoms where we see fake laughter in the background. Many people compared the match to the popular sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S which is known for its background laugh. But what seems to work for the show did not work for IPL. People took it to social media platforms like twitter, Instagram and Facebook to criticize the move and made memes out of it.

Some of the most famous memes

Which Peshwa are you?

IPL Fake Crowd Memes

The old meme which is eternal

IPL Fake Crowd Memes

Hang in there audience

IPL Fake Crowd Memes

Nothing beats stand-up comedy

IPL Fake Crowd Memes

Overreaction is a way of life

IPL Fake Crowd Memes

Bollywood is here to up the meme game

IPL Fake Crowd Memes

The contexts of the memes are extremely self-explanatory. All of the above memes compares the fake artificial cheers to some bizarre or exaggerated situations to extract humor. Many audiences took to Twitter to complain about the same. One person wrote, “Do you need further proof that this is more about entertainment and less about cricket when there is a need to add the fake sound of audience cheering when the game is being played in front of empty stands!”

But all these issues where overshadowed by CSK’s win.

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