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Disability and its all-encompassing tentacles on the society at large

What is disability? A google search will avail you an avalanche of information on it. There are definitions variating from, a disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.Or it is something that is attributable to an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment or a combination of those impairments.Disability in a broader sense, may be defined as a health…

HIV and its oral manifestations

To commemorate the world AIDS day celebrated on December 1st, this month’s column will be on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and its oral manifestations.AIDS – ‘Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome’ is a disease that compromises one’s immune system. It is a viral disease. The causative agent is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The disease alters the person’s immune system and makes the person much more susceptible to diseases and infections than a normal healthy person.…

Patient Safety | How I control my safety when visiting a physician

When we are sick or feel something is not right with our bodies, our first thought is to seek help from our health care provider. We go when we are not at our best, perhaps even at our worst expecting we are in a safe environment and will be taken care of. We can let go and let the experts heal us. In reality, the health care system is set up by humans like us. As all humans, health care providers have good days and bad. They too, have days that go well and feel strong and days that are not so great. We all do our best…

LUCA: Of Choices and Friendships

*This article may contain spoilers It has been a long time since I enjoyed a family movie and Luca certainly goes in the list of a must-watch movie for kids. It is full of suspense until the last minute. You just have to always wait what will happen next even though the story seems familiar, the choices done by the characters were unpredictable.The story started under the sea. I was really confused at that time because the pictures of Luca I saw prior to the movie were pictures of boys. I thought we entered the wrong…

Movie Suggestion: Asma

There is nothing like watching a good movie that hit’s the spot. The movie Asma fits perfectly in this category. Ok . ok . I am sold for any movie by the beautiful Hind Sabry. She knows how to pick her work and she adds a certain elegance to whatever role she takes on. Asma is a 2011 Egyptian drama that was nominated for several international awards.Asma is a middle-aged single mother in Cairo who lives with a BIG secret. She is living with AIDS. A big secret that only a selected few know about. She is in…

Five Life Lessons to Learn From The Queen’s Gambit Netflix Series

*This article may contain spoilers The Queen’s Gambit is a Netflix miniseries that focuses on the life of an orphaned chess prodigy Elizabeth “Beth” Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) as she rises to the top in a man’s game while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.Just like chess, people can sometimes be in a position where they can either be a pawn, the one being sacrificed for the benefit of all, the king, the one being protected at all cost, or the queen, the all powerful one with all the moves…

Passion to Movement: How Huda Merchant moved Jeddawis to Read

If you've been here in Jeddah for more than 10 years, you know how this place has changed when it comes to book loving and reading. I remember in the early 2000, bookstores had very limited books to offer, they did not have the famous books trending around the world. People were not also into reading. In other countries, you are considered a school without a library. Here, schools would provide a tiny room, put two to three shelves with books and call it a library just to say there's a school library, and kids…

Mulan: Breaking Free From Traditions

I’ve recently watched the movie adaptation of Mulan and in this review, I will be putting aside all the differences between the cartoon version and this one, but I’ll give more emphasis on what the movie intended to highlight which was Mulan’s rise to power and her breaking free from China’s conventional role for women by disguising as a male warrior when she joined the imperial army in place of her sick father. Here are some lessons we can learn from Mulan about breaking free from the traditions that…

Everyday Woman Making a Difference| Susie Johnson Khalil

I first read Susie Johnson Khalil's blog back in 2008. I was looking for other bloggers in Jeddah that time and she was one of the few who dared to take photos of Jeddah and post them publicly. She would also post of her life here in Saudi Arabia as an expat and many people all over the world were able to see Saudi Arabia through her eyes. She is one of the women here in Jeddah who has been inspiring women to make their voices heard. Let us learn more from Susie through this short interview Pathways…