Let Them Be

Fascinating is how we change

Everyday, every moment

Everyone changes

They wear a facade

Which wears off with time

With time everything changes

Everything.

And when we look back

We want to live again

Live those old days once more

Hold on to those people once more

But there they are

Made into memories

Old forgotten memories.

And when they fade away

Let them fade

Let them leave you

Let them be

Remake yourself,

Make yourself

Stronger everytime

To be prepare

To lose someone the next time

—Debadrita Dey

COVID 19

COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

FACT: Coronavirus transmission in hot and humid climates

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Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.

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Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

Taking a hot bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your normal body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Actually, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water can be harmful, as it can burn you. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that coud occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

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The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Also, avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing and sneezing.

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Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.

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Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.

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How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new coronavirus.

However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.

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Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.

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Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.

The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.

Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.

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Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

No. There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.

There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.

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Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.

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Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

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Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

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Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.

When to use a mask

  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

  • Follow the guidance outlined above.
  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Ask WHO

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

How to cope with stress during 2019-nCoV outbreak

Practice food safety

Shopping/Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

Stay healthy while travelling

The above information has been collected from the official website of World Health Organisation (WHO).

LITTLE WOMEN 2019

LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

Director- GRETA GERWIG

Producer- AMY PASCAL

Cast- Saoirse Ronan (Jo March), Florence Pugh (Amy March), Eliza Scanlen (Beth March), Emma Watson (Meg March), Timothée Chalamet (Laurie), Marmee (Laura Dern), Aunt March (Meryl Streep)

Release Date- 25th December 2019

REVIEW
“We could never have loved the
earth so well if we had had no
childhood in it, if it were not the
earth where the same flowers come
up again every spring that we used
to gather with our tiny fingers.”— Jo March

Indeed so, without childhood life would have been meaningless and worthless. Childhood memories is the fuel which keeps us going throughout our life. Louisa May Alcott has put up a picture of domestic struggle during the Civil War in front of her readers. Actress Meg, painter Amy, shy pianist Beth and quirky, tomboyish writer Jo, the four March sisters along with their mother Marmee struggle to live their daily life while their father is away fighting in the war. The four sisters goes through all the gender stereotypes and strive to make their own way in the world. With the precedence of the novel we see that Meg falls in love with their neighbour, Theodore Laurence’s tutor John Brookes and eventually ends uo marrying him. Theodore Laurence (Laurie) falls in love with the tomboyish Jo March after Jo denies the proposal justifying that they would be a complete disaster, Laurie, with a heavy heart goes away and later marries Amy. Amidst all this little Beth falls prey to the scarlett fever. After the passing away of Beth, heartbroken Jo desperately looks for a companion in Laurie but is unaware that Laurie and Amy has already tied the knot. Professor Frederick with whom Jo met at the boarding house travels all the way to the March house to meet Jo. Later when Frederick leaves and after the insistence by her sisters Mega and Amy, Jo finally confessed to Frederick that she loves him. And then there is this happy ending.

Greta Gerwig has made this simple story into something extraordinary. She has put the simple story up in the screen as something very enigmatic and gorgeous. The revival of this classic novel was done beautifully. Greta has used her cast in a very smart and efficient manner. Saoirse and Florence were the show stealer. Their screen timing was more than any other cast member and the whole time that they were in the screen you couldn’t take your eyes off them. But if I am given to choose between these two then I’d rather say that Florence stands out because she has portrayed both Amy’s adolescence and adult years together. Where the others in the cast did not have to do this. She has maintained a line of seperation and balance between the two, she did not mix up her character’s age. Greta chose her cast in an intelligent manner. But now after watching the movie and having debated with my mind I would say that Greta’s first choice for Meg, Emma Stone, would have portrayed Meg March in an efficient and appropriate way. Emma Watson did try but she still couldn’t manage to get over her Hermione Granger way of acting specially the facial expression and the way she said her dialogues. Saoirse Ronan on the other hand was a very wise choice as Jo March, she can fit in any character very beautifully and you won’t find any connection of her acting with her previous movie. She is an absolute dedicated determined actress. I have no criticism for her. Eliza was a sweet littoe Beth and she did her role perfectly although she didn’t have much screen timing. Timothée is another great actor whose work is always flawless and keeps changing himself as per his character be it King Henry in Netflix’s The King or be it Laurie in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. Laura was also perfect in her place as a mother of the March sisters. And as for Meryl, I have no words for our 18 times Oscar winner “wicked Aunt March”! Altogether this coming of age adaptation was totally an eye- feast and much more than expected. Now, after all this I must say that Oscars was totally biased and rude for not giving Greta a nomination in the “Best Director” category. But Greta has got something more than just an Oscar. There are seldom movies in India nowadays, which runs for an entire month and an Hollywood film is considerably out of the list. Little Women has been successful in running for an entire month in India. It has won hearts and loads of love.
The cast, make up, production design, costume, hairstyle, lights, location, sound mixing, editing, screenplay, direction and everything was more or less perfect.
From what I have understood is that Greta wanted to make it a current generation type and she has been successful. The message is immensely strong. Every sister understood their parent’s sacrifice and helped them in whatever way they could. Everyone suffered in their own way, differently. Jo and Amy were not to homely and wanted to go out into the world and establish themselves. Whereas Meg and Beth had no such intentions. We see that Meg wanted to marry and have her own family, Beth wanted to see everyone in her family happy. On the other hand Amy wanted to be “Great or Nothing” and Jo wanted to keep her copyright to herself and make the world remember her as a writer. Both Jo and Amy fought with a lot of gender stereotypes only Marmee had faith on them.

Altogether the movie was totally amazing and gorgeously done. With a lot of warmth and love and a whole lot of Christmas feeling Greta gave us a wonderful present to unwrap this Christmas. Although I reached the theatres late and saw the movie after 30 minutes of his starting and missed quite a lot of it but that dosen’t matter as long as you are watching a film made by a wonderful director who knows how to appeal to the audience. Well done Greta! Well done! Amazing job. Do watch the film!

Also, I am in great anticipation for it to release in torrent so that I can start the movie from the starting and enjoy the complete essence of it.

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March sisters looking at their neighbourhood.

WOMEN

Eyes sparkling with dreams

Minds filled with aim
Hearts full of love
Arms made of iron

A lion in disguise
A fighter hard to defeat
We are
A mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife
Yet so strong
Yet so unbreakable

A lady bird
Born without fear
Not afraid of the dark
A tough baby-bearer
Brave enough to bleed!

We cry when we want
We are not afraid to express our emotions
We are
Strong enough to stand alone
And make our voices heard

We are not afraid of pain
For we are hard enough to deal with it
We are
Much more than you know
Much more than you think!
— Debadrita Dey



Wuthering Heights— Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights, a gothic fiction has been the best seller from time to time bringing tears to people’s face. The story of Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff and Edgar Linton will tear your heart into a thousand pieces. Immensely dramatic and written with the supreme power of imagination, Wuthering Heights is much more than a fiction, much more than just a novel printed on white sheet of paper. I never really thought about reading the book but when I read Charluotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, I wanted to read her sister’s work.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.In this epic story of love, envy, betrayal, and revenge, Heathcliff and Catherine come together in a romance that destroys them and those around them.Set in the lonely and bleak Yorkshire moors, this classic tale of thwarted passion begins when the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, a Mr Lockwood, is forced to seek shelter for a night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord, Heathcliff.As the night passes, Lockwood learns of the tumultuous past of Wuthering Heights and of those connected with it. . . of how a homeless gypsy boy had been fostered here; of how the owner’s daughter had fallen in love with him; of how their love had ended tragically; and, finally, of how that gypsy boy—Heathcliff—had taken a terrible revenge that ruined them all…A true masterpiece and one of the best gothic novels ever written.Well, this is exactly what the back cover of the book states about the novel. But I say something way different. Yes, the novel does talk about revenge and devastations but it mainly deals with love. It shows us how far a person can go for true love.

Catherine and Heathcliff, two innocent souls loved each other dearly but was never able to express their feelings for each other until it is too late. When Catherine confessed to Ellen Dean (Nelly) her eternal love for Heathcliff but refused to be his soulmate just because he had no posessions but forced herself to marry Edgar Linton, who was wealthy, so that she could help Heathcliff become an established person. Heathcliff, who only heard the second part of her speech, dashed out of the house. Catherine, on the other hand, repented for her foolish speech and kept waiting for him the whole night in the garden drenched due to the heavy storm which later was the cause of her death. Upon the returning of Heathcliff after years, Catherine was a married to Edgar.

Constant arguments between Heathcliff and Edgar let to the untimely death of Catherine, our very own Cathy.
At the end of the book we see that when Heathcliff died, he too was soaked in rain, he died in his chamber in the stormy night.

Now, according to me, I think Heathcliff purposely kept the window open so that he would die the same way his Cathy died. Rain and his starving for days led to his fatal death.

He was so desparate in his love for Catherine that he once did open her coffin to see his beloved’s face. In the end of the novel we see him confessing to Nelly that he often felt that Catherine was with him. To him, she was never really dead.

Heathcliff was guilty, he repented going out of Wuthering Heights on that stormy night. According to him, maybe Catherine would have been still well and alive if he did not run away. That is why he tortured himself to death in the way Catherine died. But after death, they were united in the end. Death is the greatest way of unity of souls and that’s how they got united. Three of them Heathcliff, Catherine and Edgar lay side by side peacefully and undisturbed.

A wonderful masterpiece written with exceptional emotions and imagination. A novel in which a lot of love was put into. Wonderfully well written. The novel will live in thousands of hearts and minds.
Emily Brontë is a master storyteller.

Distorted Life

Sometimes I sit and wonder how easy life has become, how very smooth life flows! Social media, ah! Social media! I wonder social media, instead of making is social has made us so very unsocial character! Time, it’s all time’s fault! No, the fault is ours. Newspapers are going to vanish one day, why? Everything is available in the mobile itself! One tap, news read, one tap, done. As simple as that! Why waste money on buying newspapers or should I say distorted sheets of rugged paper?

Mobile, mobile, mobile! I hate the very idea itself, of sitting at a corner in complete melancholy and letting my fingers speak. Some friends promise to come and meet but then they get to see me face to face in video call. What’s the big deal? Job is done, no feelings shared, couldn’t talk for a long time, couldn’t see each others face properly, but what’s the big deal? Job is done. Tearing us apart is the work of this device. I hate it. I HATE IT! Status and status is what people run for. Facebook status, we are doing this and that. What is the use of showing people what we do? I’m tired of this distorted life.

Money, money is what people run for. Money, money and money! Money, let me tell you a very short story about it. One very fine day my father’s friend cam eto our house, good, very well. He asked me what do you want to become when you grow up? I said that I want to become a professor of Comparative Literature and an author. Very well. Now what he said was not that comforting. He said, “Well that’s fine but you will get respect but there is a shortage of money” and my blood started boiling. Money? Who runs for money? I run for respect. Money cannot buy respect, money cannot buy love. Love, kindness and respect are priceless. When my student grows up and reaches his/her aim and still remembers me and meets me or calls me up and tells me that then it is, I think the greatest gift. And that moment of joy is unsharable and priceless.

Be humble, be kind, money and status won’t buy you everything. At least not respect!

Also, throw your phone out of the window that too unless you are 25 and you really need it. *terms and conditions applied*.

1917

6 April 1917, a daunting day for the British soldiers fighting against the Germans during the First World War. Lance Corporal Scholfield (George Mackay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean- Charles Chapman)— two British soldiers receive seemingly impossible orders to travel past Écoust and inform the 2nd Devons to stop the attack on the Germans the very following day. They race against time across enemy territory risking their lives to deliver the orders beforehand to Colonel Mackenzie (Bennedict Cumberbatch) and stop the attack in order to save the lives of 1,600 soldiers including Blake’s own brother— Lieutenant Blake (Richard Madden).

Cinematography, Screenplay and Script, Direction, Location, Acting everything was totally amazing! It was spellbinding! Magnificent, gorgeous, bold, daring, audacious! There are no words left that would describe the movie in a correct sense.

Every scene was totally mesmerizing. It was honestly a constant thriller, you couldn’t take your eyes off the screen once the film starts. At some places it will tear your heart, tears will burst out of your eyes and you will, I guarantee you, pray for a British soldier.

Every man suffered in both the fronts be it a British, French, German, be it any man fighting in any front for any country, every one suffered, badly. Every eye shed tears, every heart craved, every voice wailed and cried.

Described beautifully and magnificently. A film that will stay forever and even after you close your eyes, a film creating the deepest impact in your heart. It’s worth an Oscar!

I won’t tell you much, I won’t spoil the beauty of the film! Go watch it! Wow, wow, wow!

Good work Sam Mendes, amazing work, amazing! And to the entire cast and crew. Amazing work!

Schofield and Blake in the enemy territory.
The 2nd Devons attacking on the Germans.
Scholfield in the enemy territory.
Lance Corporal Scholfield.