Ahira: The Battle of Princess and Queen by Dhruv Anand

Ahira: The Battle of Princess and Queen

The cover was simple yet mysterious. It doesn’t spill the beans. Honestly I had never heard the story of Queen Ahira so I was Keen to dive into this story. The narration of the story is nice. It gives gist of the important characters. The paced soon like a movie screenplay. It depicts various emotions like love, respect, pride, greed. In fact there is an example given for one of them. It is like a mind blowing concept. It also shows the complexity of relations daughter and father, husband and wife, brother and sister, teacher and student. The dialogues are impressive. The Battle scene was wrapped very soon, while I was looking for some more details since the story was crafted with Keen details at start. But I understand as it is short story. One part was confusing or maybe it seemed complex which happens between Maurya and his father. One of the best things I feel about this short story is, you can find a glossary that give you meaning of each character’s name. Nice work Dhruv Anand. More to come.



Broken Bangles by Vaidehi Sharma: Straight from Heart

Broken Bangles by Vaidehi Sharma is not a book of short stories. It is about three dimensional story. Meina Jaan, Nisha and Sudha. The world of these characters seems normal until the blossoms. It is direct from heart, a story written by a woman about women. But nowhere you would feel her indulgence. The first story starts a with first person point of view which very intellectual writing as it helps the reader to feel the same thing as the narrator. The second story shifts to first person character narration so now you can feel the character and third story shifts to second person pov so that you understand the character and it is easy to finish the book.
Have you ever got a gift with a special note? Same is the book. There is a sticky note before each story. That makes the reader feel special and separates this book from others.

Check out this book on Goodreads: Broken Bangles – A Literary Corpus https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43379376-broken-bangles—a-literary-corpus

Beware of Nipha Virus; Together we can Fight Against it


Q : What is Nipah Virus ?

A : Nipah virus was initially discovered when it caused an outbreak of brain fever among pig farmers in Malaysia.

Q : Should I be worried ?

A : A little. As it is transmitted from person to person and there is no effective antiviral therapy for this infection .

Q : Who is at high risk ? How is it transmitted ?

A : 1. People working with pigs and consuming pigs.

2. Farmers who come in contact with bats.

3. Consuming Fruits which are already bitten by bat.

4. Contact with people who already have Nipah virus infection.

Q : What are the early symptoms ?

A : The initial presentation is non-specific, characterized by the sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle pain , nausea and vomiting. Neck rigidity and photophobia are also seen.
The disease rapidly progresses, with deterioration in consciousness *leading to coma within five to seven days.*

Q :How is it diagnosed ?

A : The diagnosis is by ELISA which is currently done at National institute of Virology, Pune.

Q : How is it treated ?

A : Supportive care is the mainstay of treatment and infected patients may require intensive care monitoring.

Q : How do i prevent it ?

A : 1. Avoid contact with pigs and pig handlers .

2. Maintain personal hygiene and intensive hand washing practices

3. *Avoid consuming raw fruits,* Consume only well cooked, clean, home made food till the outbreak settles down.

4. Preferably use N95 mask while travelling or working in public places to avoid person to person transmission.

5. Be aware of the symptoms and report to the doctor immediately for early diagnosis and treatment.

Share this message with all your cared ones ,
*Together, we can fight and win !*

– Dr.Arjun.M.B, MD
Dr.R.M.L Hospital, New Delhi.
(National Nodal Centre for Control of yellow fever and other communicable diseases)