Saturday, October 16, 2021

Evergrande, China, and World #pebbleinwaterswrites #economy #China #Evergrande

I wanted to explore how Evergrande in China is putting a direct impact on global economy. That was my sole purpose of finding it through various sources and then sharing it with my readers. Evergrande is perhaps the biggest and most powerful real estate giant in China. Of course, its business is not limited to real estate only. Now, this giant is very close to a huge collapse and thus might become a story of the past. After a couple of years, management institutions would be discussing its case study to build some management lessons from it to be learned by the future business tycoons to come. Right now, it is important to understand how this collapse of an internal business tycoon of China is going to put some critical global implications impacting many other businesses and stock markets within China and in the outside world.
 
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September 20, 2021, was a significant day for stock markets of many top countries across the globe. Over 1% each was the drop noticed in the Indian benchmark indices that day. It was, definitely, one of the worst days in Indian stock markets. The US S&P 500 and Nasdaq also faced a similar kind of jolt the same day by facing a drop of 1.7% and 2.2% respectively. That was, in fact, their worst single-day drop since May. There are more shocks in this story. Hong Kong's stock market Hang Seng had a worst of all drop of 4% that day. Luckily, the stock markets in China, South Korea, and Japan were closed for trade on that day. We all know how stock markets twist on the basis of speculations, fears, and financial news of enterprises, commodities, etc., and turbulences across the globe.
 
Evidently, the same was the reason here too. All this happened because of the confirmation of collapse from Evergrande. Evergrande, as I said above, is one of China's largest real estate developer. This disclosure of collapse by the giant itself was more than sufficient to send an alarming signal to put global markets into a panic. It is important to understand how far China is from a doomsday scenario? As I said above, Evergrande is a conglomerate in China. It is into many businesses like electric vehicles, financial services, healthcare services, entertainment parks, media businesses, pig farms, movie production, music festivals and a large share of bottled-water production. It also owns a football team named Guangzhou F.C. or Guangzhou Football Club. Evergrande has a share of 56.71% in it. Alibaba is another major shareholder in this club with 37.81% stake in it.
 
A few of the stupid business decisions by Evergrande were to build a crab shaped artificial island costing more than $15 billion and the world's largest stadium at the cost of around $2 billion, that too when the overall league was facing survival issues. You might ask, how all this is impacting other countries across the globe? Here lies the reason. In order to fulfill such kind of fancy dreams, Evergrande needed a huge backup of money to fund these projects. To build that backup, Evergrande started borrowing money from various resources across the globe. Since, it was one of the global 500 companies, it managed to borrow a huge amount and thus accumulating a debt of more than $300 billion. This was just a little before the beginning of the pandemic. Evergrande, by then, had become the most indebted developer of China. And then the pandemic arrived.
 
This debt and all of a sudden crisis started impacting Evergrande badly. Its cash flow from profit making business arms started drying up. New government rules in China restricted Evergrande to borrow further. That was the time when Evergrande started selling its assets. So, once China's top-property-seller became China's largest-ever defaulter while struggling with more than $300 billion of debt. Evergrande was trying to raise around $5 billion by selling its major stake in its property management business. While Evergrande was not able to gain further borrowings due to new rules imposed in China, and there was no significant inflow of cash, it was left with no other option but to sell its properties and assets. Initially, it was successful in selling a few of its top ones, but then buyers became hesitant in buying its assets to avoid any legal implications later.

Evergrande was left with no money on hand. Thus, all its development projects came to a halt. Almost 1500 property development projects got impacted severely. Evergrande had no money to pay salaries to its employees. The biggest blow came when it announced it was not in a position to make payments of around $150 million to its creditors, that was due in the last week of September. That was sufficient to create panic among its creditors. Evergrande was at the verge of becoming a defaulter, probably one of the biggest defaulters in the history of China. There were millions of people who had already paid for their properties, which were under progress. Firms across the globe had no other option than to write-off loans amounting to around $300 billion. Major bondholders of Evergrande included investors like Fidelity, HSBC Holdings, Amundi, BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, UBS Asset Management, and so on.
 
This one failure of Evergrande might slow down the business of real estate industry across the globe. That will cause a recurring negative impact on the demand for commodities like metals, and other construction material. There was an immediate drop of 9.5% in the share price of Tata Steel in India as soon as the Evergrande declared their inability to pay global debts. But Indian steel stocks bounced back strongly in no time, as the world has now started looking for alternatives in the global markets to lower their dependencies on China. China's infrastructure building projects within the country and in several other countries are getting impacted quite seriously. China is in a real bad shape and is not far from getting caught in a debt trap that might result into a death trap of its economy.
 
The central Bank of China is in no good condition to step in and help Evergrande pay its debts. It tried injecting $17 billion into the system to help Evergrande not to default on its global loans. That helped Evergrande resolving one of its due payments but not all. On September 23, Evergrande failed to pay more than 80 million of loan and had a 30-day grace period to clear the payment before it gets declared a defaulter.

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Gender Dysphoria #pebbleinwaterswrites #myfriendalexa #causeachatter #gendertalk

Before I jump to this very important topic of Gender Dysphoria, let me give you some gender statistics. It is very interesting to note how significantly different ways are adopted by men and women to be productive. Women are much capable of running productive meetings. If they keep a meeting of 60 minutes, they are not only successful in finishing it in time but also finish it on a conclusive note and with a crisp agreement of the next steps. Men, on the other hand, are quite capable of finding the most important messages in a high message volume despite looking less at their emails. They have a natural calibre of bypassing messages of low value.

Let's talk a little about Gender Stereotypes before coming to Gender Dysphoria. We all are well aware that weight training is very important for strengthening our body muscles and this has nothing to do with gender. Now, women produce less testosterone in comparison to men do on average, and hence testosterone has a crucial role in determining the strength of muscle. Fine, now, let's come to the main topic. What is Gender Dysphoria? I slightly higher age boy in my neighbourhood during school days had a strange passion of playing old Bollywood female dance songs, wrap a cloth around his body and head, and dance. It was never taken seriously by his family at that time. 


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If a male experiences a feeling of distress because of a mismatch between his biological sex and gender identity, then he is facing with Gender Dysphoria. The same is applicable to a female. Therefore, it's very important to notice it at the earliest and find out the best possible solution. We would see below the possible solutions below. This is generally also termed as transgender. Now, once this distress develops in a person because he or she is suffering from Gender Dysphoria, it can further deteriorate when he or she gets misgendered, isolated, and stigmatized. The best kind of treatment in such cases is transitioning and proper therapy. This is a kind of Mental disorder. It's diagnosis is well defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

One of the most important part of treatment in Gender Dysphoria is Gender Transitioning. In Gender Transitioning, a transgender undergoes to align with its gender identity. There are multiple dimensions to Gender Transitioning. First is Social Transition that is about changing their gender expressions. Second is Medical Transition that involves changing their body. Medical Transitioning further involved two therapies. One, Hormone Therapy. Two, Gender Affirmation Surgery.

Education, Respect, and Acceptance /Validation is important in society for giving a right place to people suffering from Gender Dysphoria.


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Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Those Moments #MyFriendAlexa #pebbleinwaterswrites #poetry

Many years ago,
during our childhood,
we met for the first time.
I don't know what flashed in your mind,
in the foggy face of the evening,
what did you feel, that
you secretly held my hand
very innocently
and we sat down in a corner, on the terrace boundary,
silently,
without any effort of listening or understanding
the silence between us,
and within.

Someone came and asked you
"What's going on?"
you answered innocently
"Oh! I thought it was him."
I still remember that long time,
which, in a few moments,
said a lot, so silently,
and then vanished in a void.

Do you remember that till now?

If yes, call me
from your window sill
shake the branch of stuck flowers.


Another memory of yours
emerged,
same childhood,
me and you,
outside a room,
stuck to
the window bars
in the back lane
holding with innocent hands
peeping inside with
utter silence, and astonishing eyes
soaked in the aquarium kept in the room,
having different colors
of little fish
dancing in a rhythm.
How long we stood there,
mesmerized, I do not remember,
when my eyes turned away from the fish
and got stuck on your face.
Life became finer in those moments.
I could see
colorful fish
on your face, in your eyes,
wavy and glittery.

Do you remember?
That was our second
and the last meeting.
If you also still remember,
go to your window
having flowers outside,
just shake the twigs lightly
and the flowers that have fallen on the ground,
place them in a corner,
by the wall,
and let
those flowers dry,
I will wait
to meet you,
or lose.

All three of us together,
at our respective places,
will wait.

I neither remember your face,
nor your name.
But I still remember those little caring
hands and that innocent touch.
That silence and those colorful fish
on your face.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Reading Challenge vs Reading Goals #MyFriendAlexa #pebbleinwaterswrites #tbrchallenge

We all know about this never ending bonding between any challenge and any goals associated with that challenge. If we look in a context which came first, hen or egg, then, probably this combination also is as confusing as that hen and egg one. Do we set our goals first in life and then look for / create challenges for ourselves to achieve our goals? Our it's vice versa? That we accept a challenge and accordingly set out our goals? Well, as far as my opinion goes, it's the former that looks more valid to me, at least, in my case. Wait. I am getting a little confused. I am thinking, what happened in case of blogchatter reading challenge. In that case, I think, I first accepted the challenge and then set my goal to 100 books to finish in the year 2021. It was the challenge that kept me on my toes to read as many books as possible.


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It was something like day wise, week wise, month wise targets that became sub components of my main goal of 100. For first 6-7 months, I was ranked first in the table on blogchatter. What I feel is there is a third dimension to be added in a two dimensional challenge versus goals relationship. That third dimension is community. What it means its that if I have taken a challenge in open, among a number of people who are also participating in that challenge, then I am prone to double up my speed, stay more aggressive, and keep that fire in the belly intact, all the time, to stay ahead. I had that zeal for almost 8 months during which I was the fastest and thus nearest to my goal. But then what happened? I was dropped to the third place, where I am still, in the 10th month, and am not sure if I will be jumping back to number one position or not.

What made me get dropped to number three position. It's it the pace of reading that is lost? Is it that long streak of staying at number one position for around 75% of the period of that challenge that have me a hangover and I lost my track? Did I become overconfident? Or, have I lost interest in it? So, what I think, there has to be a fourth dimension to it. We have challenge, goals, community /participants, as three dimensions. It's the push /fire /zeal /urge that I would like to add as fourth dimension to it. That means, if I accept a challenge, associate goals to it, become a part of a community where equally strong contenders are there to bypass my first position any moment of time, then that extra push that stays on top of my head all the time till I achieve my goals, until the challenge is over, till I am declared as the ultimate winner. 

How does that happen? It's simple but not that simple. Do I need to live in fear - what if I lose my number one position? Or do I keep myself so strong and confident to ensure I stay in the track throughout and keep my pace intact without losing my peace of mind, and that top place on the table? Is staying on number one position so important. If it's crucial for me, then what about 132 other contenders? Obviously, every participant can't stay on top of the table. It's, kind of, survival of the fittest. Err, survival of the fastest. Or survival of the strongest? What if I don't stay on number one position but still am able to achieve my goals and win the competition? May be, all competitions do not demand you to be at number one position to declare you as winner. It's like, all those who participated in the competion, set their own goals and achieved those goals are winners.

In those cases, probably, the biggest goals will be set as a benchmark for every other participant. 

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Nutrition and Exercise Strengthen Muscles Well #MyFriendAlexa #PebbleInWatersWrites #EnsureStrongerInsideOut

Health is of utmost importance in life. Without a good health, everything else in life is colorless, tasteless, and useless. If you are healthy in all aspects, you will feel a unique kind of calmness in your mind, and an internal happiness all the time. You will enjoy doing everything you do. A sound mind and body keeps us fit and keeps us away from fatigue, sadness, depression, frustration, etc. So, if health is so important, what do we do to keep ourselves fit. Health is a beautiful unending journey that is covered with the help of a good, healthy, and nutritious diet; and regular exercise for mind and body. That makes nutrition an essential part of our daily diet. A balanced nutritional diet has a great potential of strengthening our muscles and bones. That is why, it becomes important to check muscle age on regular intervals.

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Muscle age test not only tells about the fitness status of our muscles, but it also is a good way to find if our muscles are aging faster. It might happen that our muscles are aging faster in comparison to my age. That is a very risky preposition. We can come to know about it only if we perform this test at an early age and keep performing it on a regular interval, say, every 6 months or so. So stronger muscles have a very deep connection with stronger body. If we think a little further, it clearly states that health can only be maintained well with the help of nutrition and exercise. To #EnsureStrongerInsideOut, it is important to build a perfect balance between intake of nutritional diet and exercising on a regular basis. Both go hand in hand.

Obviously, only nutrition will become a burden on the body to digest and deliver to every cell of the body. It is only exercising that can help in benefitting from a good intake of nutrition. Now, on the other hand, only exercise without nutritional diet is not possible. It can happen once or twice, but it is like pushing an engine without proper fuel. So, unless and until our body has proper fuel, how can we keep exercising on a regular basis. I am talking about daily intake of nutrition and daily exercising.

Taking the muscle age test is quite simple. You just need to find a suitable chair that is around 43 cm or 1.4 ft in height. That is the first step, and it's quite simple. The next step is also as simple as this. Keep a stop watch handy. These days, every smartphone or feature phone has that. So, what you need to do is, fold your arms like you see in my video below in which I am performing my muscle age test. Start the stopwatch and go sit-to-stand 5 times. Note down the time you took to perform it. Take the muscle age test here. You will need to enter the time you noted to get your muscle age. So, my muscle age test revealed that my muscle age is almost 10 years more than my age. That is something serious.


I am going to relook into my nutrition intake very seriously and plan my exercising schedule and pattern accordingly. May be, a right dietician for a counselling session is the right call!

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Monday, October 04, 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness Month #MyFriendAlexa #PebbleInWatersWrites #BeCyberSmart

If you are working in technology field, I am sure you would be well aware that October is celebrated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, across the globe. It is observed each year in October. It was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004. The purpose is to raise awareness about the criticality and importance of cybersecurity, and to ensure that government agencies, private businesses, and individuals have sufficient knowledge and resources they require staying safe and secure online. A recent prediction by Gartner Inc. indicates that overall spending on information security and risk management technology and services across the globe is forecast to grow more than 12%, amounting to over $150 billion this year.

 

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On the other hand, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, ransoms could amount to $265 billion by 2031. The reason lying behind this figure of $265 is based on the assumption that the ransom price would be climbing 30% every year for the next decade.

Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder of DH2i shares his thoughts on the subject saying,


“While VPNs have historically been the data access and security solution of choice, more recently they have proven to be less than reliable. In fact, research conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic -- during which time ransomware and other malware become even more rampant -- showed that of those already utilizing VPNs, 62% cited inadequate security as their number one VPN pain point. And a disturbing 40% of those responsible for keeping ransomware and other malware from penetrating their network, believed that in fact, it already had.

It's time to fight fire-with-fire and deploy data security and protection solutions that are as innovative and aggressive as the continuously escalating ransomware threat. This is why so many are now turning to software defined perimeter (SDP) solutions to replace their outdated VPNs. With SDPs, users can construct lightweight, discreet, scalable and highly available ‘secure-by-app’ connections between on-premises, remote, edge and/or cloud environments. Contrary to VPN design, SDP solutions were engineered specifically for the way we work, learn and live today, providing virtually impenetrable protection now and into the future.”
 

 This year's theme under Cybersecurity Awareness Month is "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart".

In this context, Surya Varanasi, CTO, StorCentric says,

“Driven in large part by the COVID pandemic, massive layoffs, and record numbers of people being sent home virtually overnight to work, learn, shop and live, the number of successful cyberattacks climbed to dizzying heights. In fact, recent IDC research indicated that over the past year, more than one third of organizations worldwide experienced a ransomware attack or breach that successfully blocked access to systems or data. And for those that fell victim, many experienced multiple ransomware events. With cybercrime projected to cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025, it is clear why ensuring your organization is taking the appropriate measures to ensure cyber safety and security must become priority number one. 
 
Traditionally, the game plan has been to maintain production data storage on-site, snapshot the data, replicate to an off-site location, store it to a disk, and then move it to tape storage and/or the cloud. Unfortunately, cybercriminals know this and have engineered their technology to behave accordingly. Bad actors can now rather easily use ransomware to infiltrate your network and render all forms of traditional backup useless. 
 
Today, what is required is an elevation in backup strategy from basic to unbreakable. In other words, for today’s ransomware threat what’s needed is to make backed up data immutable, thereby eliminating any way it can be deleted or corrupted. Unbreakable Backup can do just that by creating an immutable, secure format that also stores the admin keys in another location entirely for added protection. And, by layering-on a backup solution that has built-in verification, savvy SysAdmins can alleviate their worry about their ability to recover — and redirect their time and attention to activities that more directly impact their organization’s bottom-line objectives.”
JG Heithcock, General Manager of Retrospect, a StorCentric Company:

“Today’s cyber criminals are attacking backups first, and then once under their control, coming after production data. This means that many enterprises are feeling a false sense of security, until it is already too late. 

I like to say, ‘backup is one thing, but recovery is everything.” In other words, choose a backup solution that ensures the recovery piece (which surprisingly, not all of them do). Look for a provider with vast experience, as well as a track record for continuous innovation that ensures its offerings are prepared to meet prevailing conditions. The solution(s) should provide broad platform and application support, and ensure protection of every part of your IT environment, on-site, remote, in the cloud and at the edge. Next, the backup solution should auto-verify the entire backup process, checking each file in its entirety to ensure the files match across all environments, and you are able to recover in the event of an outage, disaster or cyber-attack. And, as a last but highly critical step -- at least one backup should be immutable -- unable to be altered or changed in any way, at any time. Even if the ransomware took a ride along with your data to your backup site, during the last backup.”

 
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Raise The Bar #MyFriendAlexa #PebbleInWatersWrites Management Lessons

Sometimes, a very serious lesson of management could turn into a hilarious incident. Your intent might be taken in an altogether different tangential direction when you are talking in public. Different people have different perspectives. That is quite natural. So, during my lectures, while addressing to different people attending the session, I try to be very crisp and clear, usually, to make the things very clear. Like, if we talk about 'Raise the Bar' during a management lesson, the intent is very clear. Though, on a lighter note, things might go in a very strange direction. What if, even if the intent is captured in a hilarious manner by someone, ends up in a fruitful result. That is what happened in one of my sessions.

Among a number of my entrepreneurial clients belonging to hospitality, F&B, and travel, one, Mr. Kapoor, is a young, vibrant, and highly energetic personality. He has two of the best restaurants doing too well, situated in Connaught Place, the heart of New Delhi city. Actually, he has quite aggressive plans of expansion within the country and in European countries, especially, the northern and Central Europe. Well, so, in one of my sessions, I was conducting for ten most promising entrepreneurs, I talked about one of the top management and leadership skills, raise the bar. I don't know how it fitted at a wrong place in Mr. Kapoor's mind. After a week or so, he called me. His tone was very exciting and, of course, full of energy.

He said, "Sir ji, your formula worked perfectly well in my case."

I was not too sure about the context or is relevance to which of our previous discussions. So, I asked, "Which formula?"

"Sir ji, that day you told to raise the bar. I thought a lot about that, after the session, and, in fact, the whole night. The next morning I moved the bars of both my restaurants from first floor to the roof, straightaway. You know, it has gone fantastic. My revenue from both these bars has tripled."

I decided not to repeat 'raise the bar' thing ever in any session which Mr Kapoor is attending in the future.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Bodies With Vagina #CauseAChatter #GenderTalk #MyFriendAlexa #PebbleInWatersWrites #TheLancet

We all know how prestigious and reputed Lancet general medical journal is among not only medical fraternity but otherwise also. It is a weekly journal and is one of the world's oldest and top-read across the globe. Founded in 1823 by Thomas Wakley, an English surgeon, it got popular in no time because of its quality of content and gravity of relevance. Its name was derived by its founder from a surgical instrument with the same name. After the release of its latest volume 398, No. 10306, there is a huge furor across the globe because of an article published by Sophia Davis under 'Perspective' section of the journal on pages 1124-1125. The objection is on the phrase "Bodies With Vagina" used in place of "Women". The article titled "Periods on display" talks about an exhibition entitled Periods: A Brief History at the Vagina Museum in London, UK.

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Source: The Lancet

This article by Sophia Davis, Senior Editor, Lancet is very well researched, nicely structured, and interestingly driven starting with the silence, shame, and stigma associated with the menstruation and how the societies and cultures are opening up, challenging it, and boldly accepting it. In this regard, it refers to one of the best books busting taboos about menstruation by Emma Barnett titled as It's about Bloody Time. Period, published in 2019. It also talks about Period Poverty, i.e. lack of access to sanitary products and safety and hygiene issues associated with it. How period poverty combines with shame and lack of knowledge about menstruation, thus causing complex situations leading to missing schools, etc. hampering growth of girls in a calm and healthy manner. A number of initiatives are being taken across the globe by various agencies, organizations, activists, individuals, educationists, and governments.

I have read this 2-page intense article by Sophia Davis, and have understood the intent, gravity, and concerns raised by the author. Even when this phrase has been used, it is in a very different context, not at all demeaning or derogating women in any manner. I am a hundred percent sure that all those people and new agencies raising objection over it across various social media platforms are doing it without even reading this article or understanding it. What they are doing is just for their personal benefits. Coming back to the article that has a plenty of important and useful information, it talks about how a new wave of activists in their individual capacities, and at some place, in a collaborative manner are addressing various issues related to periods and menstruation.

Like, Rayka Zahtabchi, director, and Melissa Berton, producer, have been well acclaimed for their Oscar-winning documentary film titled "Period. End of Sentence." released in 2018. The movie is about a group of young women in an Indian village, learning about a machine that makes low-cost sanitary pads. In wake of this, Anita Diamant authored a book titled "Period. End of Sentence. A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice" in 2021. This is just a bit of that excellent article. Now, coming to the controversial phrase "Bodies with Vagina", let me just quote the exact content used by Sophia Davis in her latest article only once and in a very relevant manner. You will be the right judge to say whether it is with an intent to insult women in any manner or it is used rightly. Do write below in comment section to give your views on it.

Historically, the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been neglected—for example, the paucity in understanding of endometriosis and the way women’s pain has been seen as more likely to have an emotional or psychological cause, a hangover from centuries of theorising about hysteria. This
exhibition and the Vagina  Museum as a whole aim to redress this lack of attention.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Eye On You By Kanchana Banerjee @justkanchana #bookreview #MyFriendAlexa #pebbleinwaterswrites #books #bookchatter #SomeoneHasEyeOnYou #EyeonYou

The catchy prologue of Eye On You By Kanchana Banerjee starts with a worthy body description of a young girl. Worthy, because, it's quite interesting and more than that satisfying, evoking, provoking, building colourful imaginations and promising that this zingy beginning will not die down soon, and there's a lot more to come, so stay hooked. I was involved so much so that I read hip in place of lip in the line - 'a smile forming on the corner of her lip'. Looking at the theme of the book, I felt both the cover pages could be more illustrative, pointing crisply to it. That's okay. As far as winning a reader right in the beginning, with your excellent beginning, and through the first paragraph of the book itself, it's a big feat. More than 90% of authors fail on this parameter.
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The front cover and back cover do a full justification to the theme of the story. Whereas the front cover depicts somebody unknown could know a lot more than You know about yourself, the back cover says Technology has its own boons and banes. Awareness is the key on today's digital world. Social media has a huge appetite to grab any kind of information entered by its users without imagining how much and how far it's reaching. At times in wrong hands. The story of Eye On You By Kanchana Banerjee is gripping, intense, and fits well in today's world having greater risks in the digital arena.

Myra, our protagonist in this quite interesting book Eye On You By Kanchana Banerjee, has a very shocking entry in the story. She had a night party at home. The next morning when she wakes or gains her consciousness she finds her whole body paining and with a mix of heaviness, uneasiness, pain, numbness, etc, she had to gather a lot of energy to move out of bed. Well, the interestingly sad part is she realizes, gradually, after 5 pages of the story, and almost after crossing a hurdle of almost 1,400 words, that she was sexed multiple times last night. But, she is not able to recollect by whom, and, one or many. If you look at the juice component in the story, it is more than sufficient. That is quite evident right in the beginning, merely after reading a few pages only. That clearly indicates, a lot of effort has gone into story building, raising curiosity level of the reader, and promising an exceptionally good flow and ending. 

The character building in the book Eye on You By Kanchana Banerjee is strong and crisp. Storyline is powerful. There's no scope of a reader getting bored at any moment while reading this book. In fact, after reading this book, I am planning to buy author's previous books. I am not going to discuss the story any further but can tell you there is a lot of drama with a number of expected and unexpected twists in it. The character and story belong to current era. But the time you finish this story, it will compel you to think and, of course, realize, how social media and our online presence has exposed, and is exposing us, with every passing post by us there. Also, how, at times, this exposure can go beyond danger level to create high risk and cause heavy damages. 

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Paris Agreement & India #causeachatter @blogchatter

When we talk about the Paris Agreement that came into action on November 4, 2016, I feel this was something that must have been done atleast two decades back. We, on a global front, started thinking about it and taking initiatives to formalize it well beyond crossing the danger levels and reaching a stage by when a huge damage to the nature and environment was already done by us. Now, to overcome that loss of time and controlling damages faster, we need to get into action at turbo pace rather than just talking/teaching /preaching about it. 196 countries signed Paris Agreement on December 12, 2015. Syria is the 197th country to sign this agreement. At least 190 of those countries who signed have gotten into a full fledged action to adhere to its policies. That means, every country on this earth is officially participating in this program.

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The primary goal of International Treaty On Climate Change adopted by the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2, and if possible, to 1.5 degrees Celsius. A latest warning released by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change) in its recent report says GLOBAL WARMING LIMIT OF 1.5 DEGREES MIGHT GET BREACHED BY 2040.

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Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General says-

This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet. If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as the report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses.

Scientists and environmentalists across the globe warn that by the time earth's surface temperature his above 1.5 degrees, it will lead to severe economic losses and losing of crop yields with a big increase in heatwaves, rainstorms, drought, water shortage, rising sea levels, and destruction of coral reefs. Earth's surface temperature has increased by 0.08° C per decade since 1880. Shockingly, this rate of warming over the last 4 decades has more than doubled to 0.18° C per decade since 1981.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, confirmed in March this year that India is on track to achieve its climate goals and would meet its targets well before the deadlines. He mentioned two key Action points that will help India achieving is climate goals well before the target date. One, but switching over to energy-efficient mediums. Two, by using waste to generate energy. A lot has been happening in the two directions at a rapid pace. It's worth mentioning that he is the recipient of CERAWeek Global Energy & Environment Leadership Award 2021. CERA stands for Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
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CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award began in 2016. Its aims to recognize the commitment of leadership on the future of global energy & environment and for offering solutions and policies for energy access, affordability & environmental stewardship.

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While accepting the award, he said - 
It is with great humility that I accept the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award. I dedicate this award to the people of our great Motherland, India. I dedicate this award to the glorious tradition of our land that has shown the way when it comes to caring for the environment.

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He confirmed - 
India is well on track to achieve its Paris agreement targets well before the target date of 2030. 
And finally he concluded by saying - 
Now is the time to think logically and ecologically. After all this is not about me or you. It is about our planet's future. We owe this to our coming generations.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Amazon Booked For Selling Fraudulent Products #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

Amazon is back in the news and for bad reasons again. A recent federal class-action lawsuit has exposed Amazon selling Fraudulent products. Shockingly, this sales of dangerous and potentially deadly fraudulent products continues despite legal notices served to Amazon. It's shocking because Amazon is ignoring and not taking any initiative to avoid this dangerous and potentially deadly condition. That has again brought Amazon the target of a strong class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court (Crosby/Johnson v. Amazon.com Inc) for misguiding buyers and the direct and repeated sales of fraudulent and potentially deadly products. In a way Amazon has become a roller - coaster of unending troubles for itself with so many internal and external problems.


On one hand, a large number of its loyal and long-serving top level executives are leaving (or have already left). On the other hand, it's facing litigations, heavy penalties, and notices from governments of various countries including the United States and India. This particular lawsuit is the result of Amazon ignoring two serious legal notices, a similar lawsuit filed in 2020,and hundreds of complaints submitted against Amazon for selling hundreds of thousands of dangerous products offered or sold on AmazonAmazon India is no exception in this regard. Third class chinese products are being sold and their product pages on its website /app showing excellent ratings/reviews of those products. Cheating and fraud are happening openly and fearlessly.

Is it not the right time for Amazon to hold its fantasies and stop doing whatever it wants bypassing rules and regulations of the country where its operating from? On the other hand, is it not the right time for consumers to wake and recognize the real face of Amazon?

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@Amazon Business In A Big Trouble? #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

A lot of movement/shuffling/turnout is happening among top level executives in Amazon on global front. At the same time a number of legal implications/penalties/breakups are happening against this cloud services and E-retail venture. So much turbulence, internal and external, is never a good sign for any business. Larger the business, more is the severity of such implications. Of course, Amazon has a fat belly and it can absorb legal financial penalties quite easily. But what about the business and brand reputation? How many new cloud customers is it going to lose because of this? And on the retail front, a breakup with Indian giant Narayan Murthy's Cloudtail. Will it not impact on the trust its retail customers carry on it?

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 In fact, because of the Indian Court's litigations and penalties, when it got into the news, I realised Cloudtail is not it's own baby in a real sense. Narayan Murthy had 47 percent stake in that. Because of its illegal traits favouring Cloudtail over other sellers in Amazon and some more illegal practices internally for fiddling with taxes etc, the exposure has hit Amazon India very badly. So much so that largest Indian traders and sellers associations pressurized Narayan Murthy to break up with Amazon with immediate effect. And he did the same. No ethically strong person like Murthy would like to share the wrongdoings of an unethical company like Amazon. Still, if Amazon thinks dissolving Cloudtail will solve it's ongoing troubles, it's floating in a dream world. 

There's a lot more revelations to come about its internal wrong practices it has been doing for years. On global front, most of Amazon's long serving, talented, and the best of the cream executives are moving out for one reason or the other. The most recent one is Wei Gao, the former technical advisor to Jeff Bezos. It's interesting to know what made her take this step after a long period of 16 years working in Amazon's Seattle tech business. Remember, she is the one who is known to lead Amazon's grocery efforts and taking it to newer heights. There are many other top level executives who have left in recent months. Besides holding multiple key positions at Amazon, Gao was Jeff Bezos' technical advisor from July 2018 till January 2020.

Charlie Bell, Amazon's one of the veterans who was holding company's cloud business has also left recently. Steve Kessel, who was leading Amazon's physical stores business has also moved out recently. Former Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke is another prominent senior leadership executive to leave the organization recently. So many senior level executives members moving out, all at the same time, in not a great indication for the future of Amazon. Something is really dicey happening inside at a large scale. 

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Monday, August 16, 2021

How To Be A Responsible Book Reviewer #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

Please note that this is not a part of any fiction. The views are completely and purely mine. I am expressing them without going under any pressure or influence. This is my story. I have been reviewing books for decades (not centuries). Earlier, I used to be very punctual and sincere in reading and reviewing. Due to certain factors like age, popularity, pressure, I started noticing my punctuality is getting impacted. I found that I didn't develop a habit of saying 'No' to any publisher, PR, or author, whosoever contacted me directly for reviewing a book. Initially, it used to be my purchased, and my choice of books that I started reviewing. But gradually there started a larger inflow of books, including from overseas.

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As a result my deficit started increasing. The pending books for review kept piling up. One thing was already, and is still sure, that, I won't review any book without reading it competely. This piling up started giving me a bad taste. There was a level of commitment given to every publisher, author, or PR for timely delivery. Because of my strong bonding with them and a good reputation in the world, mostly they would either silently keep waiting for me to get back to them with the review link or a few of them, especially PRs would ping me asking politely for it. I started feeling bad about it and decided to offload and stop this burden and guilt in a slow but consistent manner.

One, I started saying No to new offers. Two, I paced up my reading and reviewing to cover up the backlog. Despite both these efforts, I found my inventory of pending books to review almost touching 200. More than 50% were foreign authors. A couple of those from a very reputed publisher were of price tag more than Rs 5,000. I remember a not too good incident in this regard. I got a phone call from an author one fine day asking about the status of review and how did I like the book. I was completely blank and I asked her which book? Definitely, it didn't give her a good feel. So, I told her I will get back to her shortly. On the other hand there are a plenty of very interesting and memorable good incidents. My reviews have a mention in many Author's websites, mostly from UK, US, Australia, Holland, Hungary, and so on.

I still am passionate about reading books and ofcourse reviewing them. But now I have put a break in accepting new books. As every new book comes with a commitment from my end which I don't want to fail. Following are, based on my long journey in this field, my suggestions :

1. Discipline. A strict discipline is very important to adhere to timelines and commitments. 

2. Accept only what you like. Don't accept a genre you don't like that could cause a bit of disinterest and thus derail from plans. 

3. Be sincere in reviewing. Read complete book with full interest and actually find out what you liked most and what didn't. Biased reviews will haunt you more than anybody else. 

4. Apologise for delays in deliverables.

5. Read and review for your own sake. Not for anybody else. Write what convinces you most.

6. Encourage authors. They are creators. And creativity must go on. 

Do add any points I skipped. I would appreciate your feedback in comments section /email / on social media.

Thank you for reading the post.

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Preventing Wrinkles #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

Who says wrinkles is an old age thing? Who says you should not become aware about wrinkles and their causes right at the age when you first admire your beautiful skin? Of course, that would be quite young age. Well, that is the right age to start taking care of your skin not for a short term but for a long term, that is, for your older age when actually wrinkles occur. Some people's skin keep young, tight, and glowing even while growing older. That's because they kept the equation intact. Their skin cells getting damaged always stayed lower in comparison to the proper supply of nourishment to the cells and new cells growth.

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Actually, it's all about balancing of your finances. It's similar to your bank account. Your bank balance should always be positive. Your expenses should always be lower than your income. Inflow of money in your account should always be higher than the outflow. The same goes for your skin. Most important factor is to keep your skin balanced and nourished under all conditions.

"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age." - Victor Hugo

It's a myth to stay in shade/ Prevent direct Sunlight. That's wrong. Lack of vitamin D is prone to cause worse effects on health. Don't shy away from sunlight. But equip your skin well with protecting creams to keep it safe. Depending on the time you plan to spend under the sun, know well about the SPF cream you are applying about its effective duration. So, if it's effective for 2 hours, re-apply it every 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Tighter the skin, better it is. Tightness of skin comes with the help of collagen. Collagen is a binding agent to keep our bones, ligaments, and tissues intact. As long as this binding is intact, the skin stays tighter, younger, and vibrant. The production of collagen starts decreasing with age. The reason is very simple. When we are young, cells are mostly busy in production as there is least requirements for maintenance. But that demand from body for maintenance starts increasing with the age. That makes cells efforts divided in the two areas thus causing decrease in production.

"Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craining their necks. Everybody has marks on their bodies from years of living- a trail of life left on them. Evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they are."-Katherine Center

Smoking and Drinking always have adverse effect on skin and other body parts. You will wonder then how some people are able to keep their skin beautiful despite smoking and drinking. Well, that takes extra effort from their side. And remember we talked about finances and bank balance above. In these cases, what you do with extra efforts is helping only for short term. In the long term there will always be adverse effects on skin even if you stop smoking and drinking later. Of course, the compensation is high on both the cases.

"Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away. "-Douglas MacArthur

Hydrating your cells is very important to keep skin happy and young. There are a number of hydrating creams available in the market for that. But more important is to keep drinking sufficient water to get your cells required hydration in a natural manner.

"Please don't retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them." - Anna Magnani

Cleanliness - To keep skin healthy, Cleansing your skin is very important in a regular basis. Removing dead skin, opening of pores, regular supply of skin nutrients is something that is of utmost importance.

"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." - Samuel Ullman

Diet plays a vital role to keep you healthy. Rich balanced diet is important for physical and mental health.

"We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be." - Lauren Hutton

Last but not the least is exercise. Spare some time on a regular basis for that. It will help you stay you young and healthy for a longer time.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Divyanjan Siachen Glacier expedition 2021 #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

What generally normal young people won't dare to think of so easily, these few daring people with disabilities are planning to achieve this year. I am talking about Divyanjan Siachen Glacier expedition 2021 that was flagged off yesterday morning by our Hon'ble Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar. What could be the better day for this than 15th August, our Independence Day. So, this is a world record team of People with Disabilities starting an expedition to Siachen Glacier. The Expedition starts from New Delhi. The team will drive via Manali to Leh and from there will prepare for the Siachen Glacier World Record Expedition. The vehicle convoy carrying Divyanjan Siachen Glacier expedition team started from Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) , 15 Janpath, New Delhi.
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One of the significant role of DAIC, being a premier autonomous research body, is to research and provide policy feed to empower marginalized communities in India and to bring socio-economic transformation in the society. That's why presence of Director, DAIC, Vikas Trivedi becomes more significant to grace the flag off ceremony.
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Divyanjan Siachen Glacier expedition 2021 is being executed by "Team CLAW" that is formed by Indian Armed Forces Veterans with a sole aim of empowering people with disabilities. That means CLAW team is taking care of the operational part of the expedition. On top of it, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is supporting the world record expedition of people with disabilities to Siachen Glacier. So, both operations and administration of the expedition are in strong hands for the best possible support.
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On this occasion of flagging off Divyanjan Siachen Glacier expedition 2021, Dr Virender Kumar said-
"Whether it's about exploring the depths of the ocean or conquering the heights of mountains, ‘Operation Blue Freedom' would empower Divyanjans to accomplish their adventurous dreams." 
He further added-
"I am encouraged by our physically disabled armed personnel' great willpower as they prepare to break a new world record. I also believe that including young students in such journeys will help to empower them. I think there should be more of these types of events in the future."

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ÈThe overall agenda of the expedition is like this. The Expedition Team start from New Delhi to Leh via Manali driving by road. Subsequently, the team will undergo three stages of acclimatisation, extensive training, and a final medical screening before getting inducted into the Siachen Base Camp for the final expedition.

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On September 1, 2021, the final leg of the expedition from Siachen Base Camp will begin to head towards Kumar Post. 

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#Fridaythe13th #VerifyYourBackupsDay #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

What comes to your mind when you hear #Fridaythe13th? Well, first of all, we are not the part of western world. Friday the 13th is an unlucky day as per western superstition. For them, 13th day of the month of Gregorian calendar when falls on a Friday, is unlucky. Usually, #Fridaythe13th occurs at least once in each year. It can up to occurring thrice in a year too depending on the mood of Fridays, number 13, and the Gregorian calendar settings.

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We do follow Gregorian calendar but, I, personally, don't belive #Fridaythe13th as a sign of bad luck or an indication of a misfortune. Being a tech professional, and running a tech company, I belive, the worst misfortune in today's world for any individual or organization is facing an outage, disaster, or ransomware attack. Worst of all, on top of that, would be learning the hard way that the Backups you were taking so religiously (I am sure, everyone does that), is corrpted, lost, locked, inaccessible, or missing.

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Consequently, and with a mix of irony, some wise people named #Fridaythe13th as #VerifyYourBackupsDay #InternationalVerifyYourBackupsDay. That makes a lot of sense, western or eastern, all parts of the world. While, I was reading about data and its importance in today's Technology driven world, I came across two very important quotes which are quite relevant to the topic. Here are those interesting and right to the point quotes by Surya Varanasi, CTO of StorCentric, and JG Heithcock, General Manager of Retrospect, a StorCentric company.

JG Heithcock -
"The truth is that backup is easier said than done -- done well, anyway. My advice would be to choose a backup solutions provider with vast experience, as well as a track record for continuous innovation that ensures its offerings are prepared to meet prevailing conditions. The solution(s) should provide broad platform and application support, and ensure protection of every part of your IT environment, on-site, remote, in the cloud and at the edge.

Next, there must be an intentional and consistent dedication to verifying your backups. You can do this manually (not easy, not fun, error-prone), or there are add-on solutions (expensive, time-consuming to manage), or you can choose a backup solution that verifies your backup automatically. In other words, the backup solution should auto-verify the entire backup process, checking each file in its entirety to ensure the files match across all environments, and you are able to recover in the event of an outage, disaster or cyber-attack.

And, as a last but highly critical step -- at least one backup should be immutable -- unable to be altered or changed in any way, at any time. Even, if the ransomware took a ride along with your data during the last backup.

Backup is one thing, but recovery is everything."
Surya Varanasi -
“The traditional storage system game plan is to have the storage on-site, snap-shot the data, replicate to an off-site location, store it to a disk, and then move it to tape storage or the cloud. This makes your storage system predictable and vulnerable to external threats because bad actors anticipate your backup strategy. Cyber attackers can then rather easily use ransomware to infiltrate your network and compromise your login credentials, and render your backups useless.

What is required is an elevation in backup strategy from basic to unbreakable. In other words, for today’s ransomware threat what’s needed is to make backed up data immutable, thereby eliminating any way it can be deleted or corrupted. The ideal Unbreakable Backup can do just that by creating an immutable, secure format that also stores the admin keys in another location entirely for added protection. And, by layering-on a backup solution that has built-in verification, savvy SysAdmins can alleviate their worry about their ability to recover — and redirect their time and attention to activities that more directly impact their organization’s bottom-line objectives.”
#VerifyYourBackupDay #Fridaythe13th #InternationalVerifyYourBackupsDay 

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

J&J Vaccine May Cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

It's important to understand why the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of the United States has issued a new warning regarding the usage of J&J vaccine developed for building immunity against Coronavirus. Although, the warning notification clearly states that the benefits of the vaccine are far beyond the risks it imposes. The newly discovered risk from J&J vaccine is carrying significant side effects. Yes, we are talking about the recent announcement made by USFDA regarding a new potential risk associated with Janssen COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, one of the top drug manufactures in the United States and having its presence all across the globe.

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The warning alerts that out of about 12.5 million recipients of the jab of this vaccine developed by J&J, more than 100 reported diagnosis of Guillain-Barré Syndrome which is an uncommon yet serious neurological disorder that causes numbness in the patient and even could lead to paralysis, complete or partial. While the fact sheet released clearly warns about the risk of this significant side effect, yet it emphasises the benefits of the vaccine that outweigh the risks it carries. Usually, developing Guillain-Barré Syndrome is very rare but the risk of developing it increaes by three to five times after administration of J&J vaccine as reported by The New York Times. This is not something that can be ignored easily as it can lead to serious conditions. Out of the 100 cases reported in the US, 95 had to be hospitalized and there has been one fatality.

Most of these cases reported were of men aged 50 or more and had developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome within two weeks of vaccination. As stated above, Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder. It develops when the immune mechanism of the patient starts attacking the peripheral nervous system as a result of malfunctioning of the immune system. As a result, immune cells start hitting the nerve cells network in the body thus resulting in muscle weakness, improper coordination, numbness, and paralysis. Even in severe cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, full recoveries have been noticed in most of cases but a few could not recover and developed permanent nerve damage and weakness.

Based on the research work done so far to find out the actual cause of the Guillain-Barré Syndrome, it is not very encouraging. The actual cause is still unknown. Thus, there is no proper cure. But there are certain treatments that have been developed that help in reducing the severity of the disease. The statistics produced by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 3,000 to 6,000 people develop Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the United States every year. Although, an increase in risk for the Guillain-Barré Syndrome has clearly been associated with Janssen vaccine developed by J&J, the FDA in its statement says - 

"It is insufficient to establish a causal relationship" 
It is not the first time that a vaccine has been associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. In 1976, a swine flu vaccine was found increasing the risk for the said syndrome. Even the seasonal influenza vaccines seem to do the same but their risk of elevating the chances vary year to year. Interestingly, a research by CDC states that a person is more likely to develop this syndrome after getting the flu than after administration of vaccine. Is it meant to give a breather to the Janssen vaccine developed by Johnson and Johnson? Even earlier the use of the Janssen vaccine was stopped by the US health officials as many women developed rare blood clots post vaccination. It seems the latest release of Janssen has addressed to that issue.

Federal agencies, this time, have not recommended a halt of the J&J rollout stating the benefits of protection against COVID-19 are far more than any risks of side effects. It seems Johnson and Johnson has been able to impress Federal Agencies to continue the vaccine despite the fact that it increases the risk of developing Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Probably, FDA is ready to afford an increase in Guillain-Barré Syndrome cases but at WHAT COST? Johnson and Johnson has released a confirmatory note that the latest version of their vaccine is very much effective against the Delta variant which is spreading at a faster pace especially in partially or no-vaccinated populations. 

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