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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Friday, August 13, 2021

Delta Variant And Actions Across The Globe #BlogchatterHalfMarathon

The Delta Variant of COVID-19 is very much there now. It has arrived in various parts of the world in different levels of potentices and severities. The World Health Organization (WHO) had termed it as the "fastest and fittest" mutation of the novel Coronavirus. And you know what? It's exactly coinciding with the major easing of safety norms across the globe. This, in fact, has given a leverage of a faster spread of the Delta variant. CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) has alarmed it as more contagious. Also, it is spreading at double the speed of original Coronavirus strain. Though it has not yet been established of the current variant is more dangerous pathogenically than its predecessors, but it's speed has forced many governments to tighten back the restrictions regarding reopening of borders, social distancing, large events and congregations.
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Let's see few the actions taken across the globe in this regard to mitigate as much risk as possible against the Delta variant of Coronavirus.

1. In Catalonia, Spain, nightclubs have been ordered to close completely again just two weeks after they were allowed to reopen. Otherwise, also, Catalan authorities have set limits gatherings to maximum ten persons. Bars and restaurants now must close latest by 12.30 am. 

2. Japan returned to State of Emergency right before the beginning of Olympics. Only 20 days after lifting some restrictions, Japan introduced a new state of health emergency. Olympic games have been held behind closed doors.

3. Malta had started welcoming tourists since early June while relaxing many restrictions. But to fight will against Delta variant of Coronavirus, Malta has decided on an emergency closure of its borders to all the tourists who gave not yet got vaccinated. In fact, Malta is the only country in the European Union to take this measure. Many other EU member states are planning to apply similar restrictions.

4. In India, the festival season is at the corner. There is a long queue of festivals coming up in the next 3-4 months. State and Central administrations have already started taking strict measures against mass gatherings during any festivities.

5. Since July, gatherings in Seoul have been facing most drastic restrictions. These are the harshest since the beginning of the pandemic. Since July 12,no more than two persons can gather after 6 pm. All the schools, bars, and restaurants are completely closed.

6. In Tunisia, conditions have worsened to a large extent. Hospitals are facing a high influx of new Covid patients in Tunis. To control the spread of virus, the governing agencies there have imposed high restrictions on Tunis and five other regions.

7. In the United States, cities have imposed travel restrictions on other states. Chicago was the first to impose fresh restrictions on travelers moving from Arkansas and Missouri because the number of Delta variant cases have been reported highest at these two places.

8. Russia is pushing heavily for vaccination, health passes to move out, working from home, etc. Hardly 15% of the population in Moscow is fully vaccinated so far.

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Chanakya Neeti by Chanakya #BookReview #BlogchatterHalfMarathon #Books #BookChatter

Chanakya Neeti With Complete Sutras from Grapevine comes at a very right time. The book carries a bundle of wisdom hailing from the age-old various shastras. Chanakya compiled the book originally by picking the most valuable pieces of wisdom from various Shastras keeping in mind some key disciplines of life like morality, ethics, governance, etc. Chanakya, as we all know, was a great thinker, leader, Mentor, educator, strategist, teacher, economist, philosopher, advisor, jurist, and diplomat. He is among the first initiators towards creating a united India. It was his dream to create a grand India that he assisted Mauryan emperor Chandragupta Maurya in his rise to power. There are 570 sutras or learning from Chanakya in the second section of the book. The first section consists of Chanakya Neeti in 5 classifications. These 5 classifications are - The Individual, Society, Good Company, General Observations, and Miscellaneous.

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The book Chanakya Neeti is not a one time read. Since it is a book of learning and wisdom, you can read it again and again in any sequence starting from any page. Every time you read it, it promises to give you a new piece of thought and learning. The book is important for anyone. There is learning for everyone in this book, for any age and any profession. Right from a student to a professional carrying ample experience and knowledge will get great learning to boost their professional and personal life. Like, one of the Chanakya Neeti says teaching a dunce pupil, associating with melancholic persons, or supporting a vile woman is a sure invitation to grief and pain. All three activities will be a sheer waste of energy, efforts, and fame. Another Neeti is a gem in terms of logic and knowledge.

Chanakya Neeti Is A Great Source Of Knowledge. In fact, this particular Chanakya Neeti says you need to be alone at the time of worship. Two people if study together progresses well. Three persons are important for singing. Four persons need to be there while going out. Five people together can work optimally in a field. Finally, in a war, you require many persons. Every Neeti and Sutra by Chanakya is directly applicable to life and therefore is a great source of learning for everyone. 

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Mystery & Survival by Ilana Cohen #BookReview #BlogchatterHalfMarathon #Books #BookChatter

Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 2) by Ilana Cohen raises two completely contrasting options about love. Is love a passing adventure as Alex, one of the lead characters in this fictional story, feels? Or is it something eternal that never dies as Edith, the other lead character in the story, believes in. The story revolves around Edith and Alex until a second girl comes in Alex's life. The story begins like this. Edith feels a magnetic attraction towards Alex the moment she sees him. Alex responds positively to her signal. Gradually they go for a date. A data that was full of romance and intimacy. And then comes the shocking moment for Edith immediately after this memorable day of her life. Alex disappears all of a sudden from her life without information or intimation to her. That brings her the biggest shock of her life.

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Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love, Book 2) by Ilana Cohen has a lot in store for its readers. After Alex disappears from Edith's life, she is not able to forget the sweetest moments of her life with her. She is literally not able to throw him out of her mind. In fact, she keeps craving for him throughout. A month goes by like this. And then Alex appears at her door appealing and radiating that becomes impossible for her to resist. Thus, this sudden temptation takes both of them directly to her bed for another physical interaction after their first date. Edith has a conviction that whatever is happening in her life has a deep meaning. She believes in destiny. What happens between Alex and her reminds her of her grandparents. Her grandparents were murdered in a Holocaust. Edith believes that unfinished love is back on the surface now.

Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 2) by Ilana Cohen contains interesting twists and turns. Edith believes that whatever was nestling in her grandparent's heart has reappeared because of its sudden abruption. That same love from her grandparent's heart from heaven has now come into existence, as it was waiting for Alex to come into her life. On the other hand, Alex has nothing to do with these convictions floating in Edith's mind and heart. He is a scientist and therefore, is a firm believer in logics and reality. In his life, such kind of coincidences or love from heaven has no meaning. In fact, he treats this love nothing but a passing adventure that will not last long. The moment, Alex feels, he finds another beautiful girl in his life, it will vaporize and vanish. What is there in their destiny? Grab the book to know.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

World Mental Health Day, Pandemic, and World #wmhday #mentalhelth @blogchatter @enablingworld

Every year, on 10th of October we observe World Mental Health Day. The purpose of it is to increase awareness and streamline efforts in support of mental health across the globe. We live in an unequal world in various aspects. According to World Health Organization (WHO) the ratio of people suffering from mental health issues is more than 1:10. This pandemic had made situations tougher for those suffering from mental health. Because of lack of physical contact (with other family members, friends, & colleagues), the new reality of working from home, and a sort of complete isolation in many cases has not only impacted seriously the existing cases but has developed new cases exponentially. There is a serious need of highly engaging interactive curative/counseling sessions with Wellness specialists, spiritual/mental health healers, emotional Intelligence/meditation/yoga experts. Facilitators, mediators, initiators, and specialists need to collaborate & synchronize their energies.

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“Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times… The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently.” United Nations Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health, May 2020.
So, on the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2021, I got an invite from Enabling World to join them on a campaign to build a fairer, healthier workspace and encourage #mentalhealththatwork. It's a kind of way to realise one's #mentalhelth status and find out the best way possible to move ahead with a best condition of mental health. Somehow, I found this bouquet of well-curated program is a right fit for inner assessment and gain of inner strength. These topics given below are rightly suited for current situation:

Coping With Grief & Trauma

Adopting Healthy Habits

Managing Fatigue & Burnout

Befriending Stress

Emotional Balance

Work From Home Fatigue

Happiness - A Frame Of Mind 

Unplugging The Smart World

Conscious Self Care

Mindful Resiliency

Living Well With Stress

Embracing Life 

Managing Anxiety

Psychological First Aid

Positive Mindset

Mind Traps 

Stress Relaxation Techniques

Healing Through Sounds

Mind Body Connection

Restful Sleep

Inner Critic

The detail of each module is given there on their website of which the link is given above. I found these topics quite relevant designed thoughtfully. 

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Friday, July 02, 2021

Telos - From Theory To Practice by Ayelet Segal #BookReview #Books @PebbleInWaters

Telos - From Theory To Practice: A Voyage On The Way To Ascension by Ayelet Segal is a book about a journey. A journey that Ayelet presents in a perfect and powerful tone. In fact, it will help you to introspect to a deeper level and connect to inner self. The fluency in the presentation is so well that it will move you from one page to another flawlessly. There is a constant flow of energy, light, and joy that pours in automatically while moving from one word to another. The long journey is well worth going for, for the sake of your escalation to another level of understanding life in a very sensitive way. At times, you may have to stop in between while reading this book to buy in some time to absorb what it offers. It is all about some extraordinary creation.



In fact, Telos - From Theory To Practice: A Voyage On The Way To Ascension by Ayelet Segal offers something that your mind would have been craving for. It is a book that makes you feel good about self and inner feelings. As a matter of fact, it is a must-read book for all generations, especially children. Adama, the lead character, shares a phenomenal journey of realization, awakening, and action. Adama is a High Priest in Telos. It talks about a network that connects people with a goal. A goal of attaining peace in the Middle East and gradually in the whole world. This network of light, love, and energy lies below the earth. It has an aim to create a global spectrum of energy, thus providing love and peace to everyone. The book is beyond any religion or belief mechanism, thus ensuring a true enjoyment.

Telos - From Theory To Practice by Ayelet Segal talks about absolute faith that results in a true bonding. In fact, it results in a heart-to-heart connection that never fails or fades. It is a journey of faith, love, and awakening. As a matter of fact, is a journey of self-discovery.

 

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Charm & Survival by Ilana Cohen #BookReview #books

Charm & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 3) by Ilana Cohen was an excellent read after reading Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 2) by the same author. We continue with Edith and Alex, the leading characters of the series From Siberia with Love. We see a conflict between their ideologies and perception about love in the previous book. While Edith believes in the love that travels through ages, Alex thinks love as a passing adventure. Edith finds Alex and both fall in love, but Alex vanishes immediately after their first date. For the period Edith craves for Alex but could not find his whereabouts, it becomes difficult for Edith to forget Alex. And then one day she finds him at her door and both land up in her bedroom. A lot more happens in Book 2. Let's move to the Book 3 now.

 

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Charm & Survival (From Siberia with Love Book 3) by Ilana Cohen brings back Alex to Edith but not in a happy note. Alex meets with a severe accident while his romantic & adventurous rendezvous with another woman after he leaves Edith once again. A serious car crash forces him for a long stay in the hospital, living there with bandages and injuries. All this time, Edith was still craving for Alex. And finally she finds him after his accident, but as an ugly man with scars on his faces. For the third time, Alex and Edith are together having fun and enjoyment. The book touches some extent of erotica when Alex shares his unending stories of his sex adventures in Siberia. For him, it was just another adventure that he was having all his life in forests, villages, mines and elsewhere in Siberia.

For Edith, living with Alex is her topmost priority. While virtually Alex takes her to his Adventure land in Siberia, she finds their steamy love-nest in Israel the best.

 

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Another's Child by Einat Danon #BookReview #Books #BookChatter #TBRChallenge

 Another's Child by Einat Danon is an intriguing story. The central character of the story is Noa, a 10-year-old girl whose life passes through a major turmoil when her real parents in Toronto, Canada decide something very indifferent than what any usual parents would do with their child. This is something quite unusual and indifferent because no parents would hand over their daughter to someone at a far off place for her upbringing. The inheritance of Noa transfers to Yael and Arif Katz in Israel. All of a sudden, one fine day, the Israeli couple finds Noa at their doorstep. It happens quite unexpectedly and unalarming. And then they remember that Noa is the daughter of their friends in Canada. In fact, they had to recall their memory about a will-exchange agreement they had made a long time back with Noa's parents.

Another's Child by Einat Danon starts with a big surprise for Noa as well as Yael and Arif. Many questions will arise in reader's mind because of this. Why would any parents send their daughter to grow up with someone quite unfamiliar to her, rather than family? Moreover, how a couple unknown to Noa would be able to raise her, not even knowing her at all. And, in fact, that start of the story creates a big amount of curiosity in the mind of its readers right in the beginning. Rather it becomes a mystery, in a way, to solve. Hence, an immediate connect establishes with Noa and readers of the story. What is the secret behind this, is all anybody would like to understand. The book, in a way, is a good learning point about parenting, relationship, and minute intricacies of life.

The young girl Noa, on the other hand, is not able to adjust herself in Israel. Therefore, Yael decides to take her back to Toronto in order to find a better home for Noa. And that is where you start coming across a series of questions to understand the crux of the matter. In fact, Yael, while trying to understand it, faces many truths that she was not aware of at all. In fact, something comes to the surface about her own partner that she would think of in her life. There are a number of serious turns and twists in the story of Another's Child by Einat Danon that would keep you intact right until the last page of the book.

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The Secret Red Book of Leadership by Awdhesh Singh #BookReview #Books #TBRChallenge @DrAwdheshSingh

The Secret Red Book Of Leadership by Awdhesh Singh is a befitting read for all project managers and in the making. There is a strong stint of leadership required in a project manager that does magical effect in project drive and timely closures. There is a lot of practical understanding about leadership. It is an interesting read that has been sliced into 5 portions. Part 1 talks about the need for leadership. Why do we require leaders? Who can be a leader? Why one must strive to become a leader? How you can transform yourself into a leader? And why a dual or two-way leader-follower relationship exists in reality in the life of every leader. This all is covered in the first section of this book and in a very interestingly manner.

The Secret Red Book Of Leadership by Awdhesh Singh says that a leader is like an iceberg, and he must stay like that only, never revealing himself completely. He must not carry on with a standard, predictable pattern; rather it should be changing even under similar kind of situations. Leadership is an art as per Awdhesh Singh, and not science. There is no fixed rule book, or guidelines to be a leader. A leader as per the book is not born, rather a leader can be built. A leader has to be a good actor. He must stay happy even if he is sad. He should not open up with everyone, so often.

In my opinion, overall the book The Secret Red Book Of Leadership by Awdhesh Singh is really an interesting read carrying different kind of stuff on leadership and in a continuous flow that keeps staying tuned to what the writer wants to convey through this book. The sequence of parts (slices), titles and the chapters within a part are well thoughtfully woven. Though I don’t agree to everything what has been said in the book. But to most of it, I agree. A must-read for all managers, project managers and anyone interested in knowing about leadership in real action. The book has been published by Wisdom Tree.

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bloggers Unplugged by Ruchi Verma #tbrchallenge #bookreview #books #bookchatter #blogchatterebook @wigglingpen

The cover of Bloggers Unplugged by Ruchi Verma indicates it is a monthly publication. So, after grabbing May 2021 edition, I am now waiting for the next editions. Wondering why the June 2021 edition is not yes out? Well, this book is an altogether different from the regular kind of stuff like fiction, non-fiction, romance, action, suspense, and so on. It's something quite exclusive for bloggers, first. Secondly, it gives good insights of the tools and techniques a blogger would need to enhance his her presence and readability online. So, it talks about content, content creation, content publishing, content promotion, etc. in a very organized manner. Overall, there are 26 lessons for bloggers from bloggers life itself. There are very important tips, tools and techniques explained in this book that will be helpful for any blogger of any kind and bringing to any category.

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Effectively, these lessons in Bloggers Unplugged by Ruchi Verma are based on the successful achievements of Bloggers in this cutthroat market of content where despite creating best of the content, some bloggers are never able to climb up the ladder of success. It means creating good content is important, but it's not everything in terms of skills you have. There's a lot more that is ought to be for a blogger that this book has a power to deliver. There are a lot of misconceptions about bloggers in the society. Similarly, there are different categories of Bloggers. There are bloggers who create their content just for fun with no intentions of gaining popularity/fame, barter, money, or fans/followers/readers. Shelf life of such bloggers might be very short usually as they don't have any growth plans, aspirations, or goals.

Blogging is a kind of art and any artist would always want fans, fame, popularity, following, demand, and a handsome gratification in kind or cash. If you as a passionate blogger believe in this, then Bloggers Unplugged by Ruchi Verma is definitely for you. This book will tell you why 'About Me' section is very important, and it guides you to create the right chords to gain an instant connect with your readers. That helps in connecting you with right kind of readers and collaborate with peer bloggers having same niche.
We always promise each other to help and grow together, but there comes a situation when community members are stuck in some legal bonds and not able to share the collaboration details, it doesn’t mean we don’t trust each other. But, there are people like in every industry, who love to grab all opportunities for sharing theirs.
Blogging is not just having your own website, as mentioned it’s really important t have great content on your blog, equally important is its marketing. Being in a digital world, marketing needs to be digitally on social media platforms.
So, in case you are a blogger wanting to know about blogging in a holistic and wholesome manner, then this useful book is Bloggers Unplugged by Ruchi Verma is good to go for without any delay. 


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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Incredible India Bucket List by Aditya Sathe #bookchatter #bookreview #books @AdisJournal #tbrchallenge

India is incredible. There's no doubt about that. If I start preparing my bucket list for my incredible India, it would never end. The reason is each place is so unique and beautiful that even after visiting there, it agains jumps back into my bucket list. That's what incredible India is. And then there are so many places that I have not yet visited. Thanks to Aditya Sathe for bringing out this fabulous book Incredible India Bucket List which is in fact a book that has found permanent place in my digital library. It is something that I can read any number of times and every time it brings a different set of memories of the place is visited already or a new set of wishes for the places not yet visited. The author has compiled 26 places to visit in this list.

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I am sure it would have been quite difficult to zero down on just 26 out of thousands of fabulous places to visit in India. Reading this book during the pandemic was a good thing to re-energize and cheer up. There was a high level of curiosity while starting the book to see how many places would I have already visited that are covered in this book Incredible India Bucket List by Aditya Sathe. Frankly speaking, this book has given me a lot of new information about the places I have never visited or even never heard of. Sometimes, I feel pity on myself for not knowing my own country so well. Despite calling myself a travel enthusiast. Well, that's where such books become handy to enhance your knowledge about various places in incredible India. For instance, I never knew about Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram, Thanjavur, Karnatak.

The best part of this book Incredible India Bucket List by Aditya Sathe I liked is it not only is telling about a place but also the rich history behind it. That's not found generally in many of the travel books I have read. This makes it more interesting and worth reading. But the way, who knows about 'singing steps' at this beautifully crafted Airavatesvara Temple? I have been to the Cellular Jail and visited it thoroughly. It was good to see it getting a place in this book. It's a must visit place, indeed. In fact, every place covered in this book is fascinating. Dharur Fort in Latur district of Maharashtra is again something I never knew about. One more interesting thing I have found in this book is its versatility in covering various places. From forts to caves, from caves to temples, and to jail and church.

Finally, I would admit that Incredible India Bucket List by Aditya Sathe has good amount of information about 26 excellingly great places to visit and it's a kind of complete coverage that makes it very interesting and engrossing. I found it quite useful, good, and worth reading. I would recommend it to all travel enthusiasts to visit each place virtually and get refreshing breathe about incredible India. 

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Monday, June 21, 2021

LGBTI - 5 Real Life Stories #causeachatter #gendertalk

Story 1: How many people in Istanbul would have been familiar with a transgender woman, Hande Kader, living there during august 2016. Probably, a very few. Especially, when Turkey was quite conservative on LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) issues. But when the news of her murder was published on 16th of August in the year 2016, it caused a stir in the air of Istanbul. There was an outcry not only in Istanbul and Turkey but in many corners of the world. So much so that it activists in Istanbul staged a rare protest that was covered by a large number of international journalists including Rengin Arslan of BBC Turkish. Hande Kader's burned body was found in a forest in Istanbul. She was stabbed and beaten badly before that. Hande was an active sex worker and trans community supporter.

Turkish society had never bothered about trans community until then. But for the first time, in that protest, a good number of famous figures in Turkey had joined.

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"Hande was one of the nicest people in the world. She was very calm normally but also hyperactive. She always went to the LGBTI marches. She pursued a cause that she felt right until the end." Davut Dengiler, Hande's flatmate.
Story 2: Transgender women in Indonesia are known as Waria. Mama Yuli is a known figure as a leader and protector of Indonesia's transgender women. The pace with which Islamic roots have increased in Indonesia over a period of last two decades is directly proportional to the prosecution of Waria. This is a big contradicting situating to the fact that on some of the Indonesia's islands Waria are a revered community. Mama Yuli has been having a really tough time in saving Waria community from prosecution. Yulianus Rettoblaut is her full name. At the age of 11, Mama Yuli realized she wasn't straight. It was not until the age of 18, when she moved to Jakarta and realized she wasn't the only one in this world. She started building up a strong community there and became their leader.

Source bbc.co.uk



As she wasn't pretty enough to take prostitution as a career, she became their protector. She is the first among the Waria in her country to acquire a master's degree in law. She had set up Indonesia's first elderly transgender people care home who usually get disowned by their families at a very early age. For more than a decade now she is running the annual Miss Waria beauty pageants in Indonesia. For initial few years it was happening in open but she had to change it to a secret event after raids of the vigilantes.

Story 3: This story belongs to India Intimate Fashion Week that took place at The Leela Mumbai on Sunday, 22 April 2018. This IIFW had a special show dedicated to plus-size lingerie for which Dr. Mona Veronica Campbell, India's first plus-size transgender model was to walk the ramp as a showstopper for Melons India Show. She is a TedX speaker too. She was titled Miss Transgender 2015. She is a noted celebrity makeup artist and had been declared as one of the best makeup and stylist under the label Varonica Makeup Artistry.

Source: twitter
“When I was in Canada working with MAC cosmetics, I was directly approached by fashion agencies as they love my personality. After returning to India, I heard about Lakmé auditions on social networks and I went it for it and auditioned and cracked it. I opened the show being the show stopper for ace designer Wendell Rodricks."
“Talking about good, I opened the shows for two seasons of Lakmé Fashion Week and for Wendell. He was the best part of my journey and he stood behind me, supported and fought for me to get me on the runway as a show opener. I got lot of lime light all over the globe like Ted x, BBC, Facebook, We the Women, New York Radio, Buzzfeed, Tinder, so many of them. Talking about bad experiences, few brands and designers are very insecure/ conservative and biased, thinking I will grab all the attention with my walk and attitude and personality, and dominate their respective brands and labels by being the ambassador/ show stopper after becoming India’s first plus size super model. This was one of the reasons I did not walk for Lakmé this season."
Story 4: This is about Miss TransQueenIndia Season 2 held on 7th October, 2018 at The LaLiT Mumbai, Sahar Airport Rd, Navpada, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Out of around hundred contestants in the preliminary rounds, 20 on the top reached the finals. These finalists were from various states on India including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kolkata, Karnataka, and other to compete and win the title Miss TransQueenIndia 2018. Mrs Reena Rai, Founder and Chairperson of Miss TransQueen India, was the brainchild behind this event series as she had a firm belief that acceptance and inclusiveness of LGTB community can only happen by treating them an equal part of our society with the respect and dignity they deserve. The competition involved various activities including sports, cultural, and several other rounds.

Source : News18

The winner was to represent India at Miss International Queen Pageant in Thailand. Garnet & Gold was the official media partner for the event. Olmec was beauty and treatment partner, Santachef was NGO partner, and Pageant Vote was the online voting partner for Miss TransQueen India 2018.

Story 5: This 13.12 minutes TEDWomen 2018 talk is worth watching and understanding the grace of parenting and relationship so well done by Paula Stone Williams. She knew at a very young age that she was transgender. But the whole world became altogether different as she became a parent.


It's very important to understand how she crossed the hurdle of fear that coming out would mean losing everything. This is quite a moving, deeply personal talk that Paula and her son Jonathan Williams share what Paula's transition meant for their family.

Source : Deadline
"I cannot ask my father to be anything other than her true self." - Jonathan.
Here is the video.

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