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April A to Z Blogging Challenge 2018 : Theme Reveal - Wanderlust

Wanderlust : A strong desire or urge to travel and explore the world.
Its was 2014 when I participated in my first ever blogging challenge. Life took over after that and I missed the next few years. I have been waiting to participate again and though it seems like a daunting task, this is something I need to do for myself.

The first year I participated my theme was Dentistry. Why, because its what I do every day. Its what makes me who I am and most importantly, it's what I love to do. So coming up with a theme this year was a little bit of a challenge but what better than another love of mine...Travel. So my theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2018 is going to be "Wanderlust."

I love to travel. Explore new places and cultures. Being more of an introvert, I prefer soaking in the sights, smells and sounds of new places. I have documented every one my overseas travels in journals all these years and continue to do so.

Come join me as I challenge myself to take you throu…

Don't we all have a right to live.......and die?

Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.

Active Euthanasia entails the use of lethal substances or forces to kill a person ie. assisted death.

Passive Euthanasia entails withholding of medical treatment for the continuance of life.

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court today finally legalised passive euthanasia and living wills (following strict guidelines), stating that terminally ill patients had a right to die with dignity.

This brings to mind a perfectly apt quote from a book I read recently :

"All we ask is to be allowed to remain the writers of our own story. That story is ever changing. Over the course of our lives, we may encounter unimaginable difficulties. Our concerns and desires may shift. But whatever happens, we want to retain the freedom to shape our lives in ways consistent with our character and loyalties. This is why the betrayals of body and mind that threaten to erase our character and memory remain among…

10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing At Your Routine Checkup

It is a well known fact that your mouth is the window to your overall health. Every time you go to your dentist, it is not just your teeth that are being checked for cavities, infact the dentist is looking for many more potential problems which may indicate overall health issues in your body. Your mouth can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, illnesses and general infections. Also, a close examination can reveal signs of drug use, domestic physical abuse, harmful habits, addictions and general health status.

Following are the 10 things your dentist is doing at a regular checkup that you may be unaware of :

Smelling your breath : Bad breath (halitosis) can be a red flag that indicates dental problems. Persistent bad breath may be a warning sign of gum disease, ill fitting dental appliances, an infection in the mouth, or cavities. Systemic problems indicated by bad breath include respiratory infections (bronchitis or pneumonia), sinus infections, diabetes (sweet smelling breath), ac…

World Book Day in UK - Make reading fun!

What better day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading than to have a day dedicated to them all! World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. The first Thursday in March is celebrated as World Book Day in the UK and Ireland. The rest of the world including India celebrate it on 23rd April, William Shakespeare's birthday.

The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. This year is the 21st World Book Day celebration and this day sees kids all over the UK dress as their favourite bookish characters, receive precious £1 book tokens to purchase books from a special selected list and take part in events that schools and communities run to mark the wonder of reading.

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment everyday, not only perform better in reading tests th…

A House For Mr Misra by Jaishree Misra - Book Review

I first spotted this book at the library and was attracted by it's striking cover. Also, being hardbound added to it's charm. It is the first time I am reading this author's work and have already added a couple of her other books to my TBR list. 

"Whatever came over me? Agreeing to move to the other side of the world was mad enough but to build a house slap bang against one of the widest, wildest oceans in the world?" And thus begins a witty autobiographical account of the couple's endeavour to buy and build a house in Gods Own Country, Kerala.

Londoners for several years, the author a Malayali married to a North Indian (UP), finds it difficult to come to terms with her husband's dream of building a house by the beach in Trivandrum, which in spite of being breathtakingly beautiful is an area heavily bound by environmental regulations associated with construction.
The obstacle are many and most unexpected, like nosy neighbours waving cutlasses over the wall, …