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Mental Health in an Unequal World

What is Mental Health in an Unequal World? 10 October is observed as the World Mental Health Day (WMHD) globally. In some places, the entire month gets observed.   How did it start?  It got started as an annual activity of the World Federation of Mental health in 1992.  In the first three years, what was marked with a "two-hour telecast broadcast globally through the US information agency satellite system from studios in Tallahassee, Florida," in 1994 turned into a themed global programme.  The 1994 theme was--"Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services Throughout the World." Since 1994, the day got celebrated, creating mental health awareness globally highlighting different themes--mental health in the workplace in 2017--Young people and mental health in a changing world in 2018--Mental health promotion and suicide prevention in 2019". This year theme is Mental Health in an Unequal World. Many cultures and communities have a wrong perception that mental
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The Narrative style of Kamba Ramayana

The Showing Narrative of Kamba Ramayana "Bleached bones lay where animals had perished, including those of monstrous serpents with jaws open deadly thirst; into these enormous jaws had rushed (says the poet) elephants desperately seeking shade, all dead and fossilized, the serpents and the elephants alike."  Photo by  Errin Casano  from  Pexels In an earlier post,  Showing Versus Telling   about “showing versus telling’ a narrative style in creative writing.  I wrote there; I was a practitioner and admirer of telling before taking a creative writing course because that was easy, and I hadn't known about showing.  Also, I concluded that showing is a modern narrative style discovered by contemporary creative writers. My curiosity took me to research the ancient work of the Indian epic, Ramayana, to learn about its narrative style.  And the outcome was amazing.   I felt rewarded for getting anxious, and I am happy to share my amazement with my readers. Before I go further, I

Showing Versus Telling in Creative Writing

  Showing Versus Telling The above is a writing rule I learned from my creative writing course at All About Writing. Before I joined the course, I had no clue about the writing rules.  Even after the course, I'm not sure I grasped all the rules, or grasping and practising are two different things.  The template in the post introduces the difference between telling and showing.  What is telling in writing?  As I know it, Telling is an easy method.   You create a scene, and at some point, your character is petrified.  You can use adjectives like angry, troubled, upset, and so on, the reason many of us prefer it.  What is showing?  To show is an effort; we should show the character's reactions on the face, body, voice, and explain the surroundings, the smell, the sound.  Get the reader to engage with all senses for the emotional connection, do not come naturally, need to practise.    It brings specific details about his facial expressions, body language and voice modulations.   To

9 August- Women's Day in South Africa

9 August, Women's Day in South Africa . 1956 march: photo courtesy- of- sahistory- website  8 March is International Women's Day, and 9 August, South Africa's women's Day.  August is celebrated here as National Women's Month.   You may think, why that change in South Africa?  Before South Africa became an independent nation in 1994, 8 March, international women's day was celebrated here.   On 9 August 1956, the women in South Africa made a historic march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the many discriminative laws of the apartheid government elected to power only by the White people.  From top to bottom, racist, the government promoted the White supremacist ideals that other races are inferior to them, so deserve inferior or graded equality.  This is called apartheid; keep apart, the same as the caste discriminations in India; the difference is it is still kicking and alive there. The apartheid government came into power in South Africa in 1948. Si

Chimamanda Adichie-My Favourite Authors

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