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About Angury

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  • Birthday 08/04/1993

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    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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    Northern Ireland/North Devon - UK
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    Psychiatry (Forensics, Cultural)
    Medical Anthropology
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  1. I've heard a lot about When Breath Becomes Air - especially how moving it is. It is on my TBR list. Have you read it? If you're interested in this kind of topic, the past winners and nominees would be a great way to dig deep into this area.
  2. Have heard so much of this novel recently. Is it worth the hype?
  3. The Wellcome Book Prize is an annual award given to works of fiction and non-fiction that cover the theme of medicine, healthcare or illness. This years winner is Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal: Her novel follows the journey of a heart as it is removed from the body of Simon Limbeau following a car accident, and transplanted into another persons body. I am always on the look out for books involving healthcare, and this novel sounds different. I have just bought it for my Kindle, and was wondering whether anyone else had heard about it/bought it/read it.
  4. I am now back from India, and just finished reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. It's a very well-known book, but its Goodreads page is filled with some very negative reviews. While I don't depend wholly on Goodreads, I do like to have a quick overview to see what other people think. However, having just finished this book, I can say that it is a fantastic book. I can see why some people may not like it - the writing is flamboyant (but beautiful) and the characters are 'up themselves' so to speak. Yet this is also why it is so good. It takes a while to like the characters, but they are so fascinating and so different, that just reading about their thoughts is enough to make up the whole story. I love how the story is interspersed with little thoughts on Philosophy and culture, but it also points to a bigger issue of class structure and how it is still very much present in our minds and the way we behave towards others. It is certainly not a book for everyone, but it is one that deserves a special mention. I am now going to go back to Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace - I was about a third of the way through. I had to stop reading it when I was in India because it was a bit too heavy during travelling (in writing, not in size), but now I can get back into it. I also bought a two-part volume on Indian Philosophy while I was in India. It is written by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a famous Indian philosopher who brought Indian thought to the West and subsequently became the 2nd President of India. It offers an overview of Indian philosophy, something that I think is often ignored. I've just read the Introduction so far but I am hoping to intersperse my reading of it with Infinite Jest.
  5. It's sad to see there's so much corruption in the country - I think it's one of the main reasons why the country is so underdeveloped despite the work ethic and determination that I saw in many of the people there. The placement was very insightful in terms of seeing a completely different healthcare system. I had assumed that there would be a significant difference in the types of mental health problems given the different culture (religious, collectivist etc) yet what I found was that the mental health problems were similar to those in the UK, but it was the doctors who were completely different in terms of their manner, the patient-doctor relationship and the use/abuse of medical ethics and human rights. Anyway, I just finished reading Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig - finished it in two days. It's one of the few books I've read that revolves around an emotion. While there is a clear plot and character development, the main foundation of the story is the emotion of pity and how it can cause havoc with our lives. There were so many moments throughout the novel which I could relate to - will definitely write a more thorough review about it later.
  6. Has anyone heard of Stefan Zweig? I just finished reading his book The Royal Game and loved it so much that I'm about to start Beware of Pity. Can't believe I'd never heard of him until a month ago.
  7. Do you find many differences in the British culture compared to your own? It's interesting how bizarre I find so much of the culture here in India, yet when I mention it to my family they just raise their eyebrows, because for them obviously it's all pretty normal.
  8. I am interested in reading some of Pynchon's work, but I've always been put off because of how difficult I find his writing. Do you find his work difficult to read through? How do you get through it?
  9. Just finished my five week Psychiatry placement in North India in the Himalayan mountains - amazing experience, incredibly eye opening. On my last day I asked the Head of Psychiatry to sign a form I needed to get completed, and he asked for £100 in return. He refused to sign the form until I had paid the money. I asked several of the junior doctors in the team to sign the form instead, and they had all been told by the Head not to sign any forms. Really illustrates the amount of subordination and corruption in India's hospitals, particularly in a profession that is supposed to be held to a certain ethical and moral standard.
  10. Apologies for the lack of updates, I have been in India up in the Himalayan mountains undertaking a five week Psychiatry placement which has just ended. On my last day, I asked the Head of Psychiatry to sign me off, and he asked me for £100 in return.. describes the subordination and corruption in India pretty well I think. Anyway, I have just finished reading Maskerade by Terry Pratchett (fantastic book, I will write a more thorough review in a few days), and am half way through Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, a book about the wars in the Middle East, immigration, and the climate of our current political culture from the point of view of two individuals. A very relevant book I feel. I will be spending the next two weeks travelling around India, which means I will have a lot of time to read on the journeys, so I will make sure to keep this blog updated. Would love to hear how everyone else's reading has been going.
  11. If only. Nine hour flight followed by an eight hour taxi ride. I don't mind the taxi ride as much as I get to stare out the window and observe a whole different culture. I just hate, and have always hated, long-haul flights. Oh well, it'll be over 'soon' ..
  12. You're absolutely right, it will be an incredible experience. It's just the travelling I dread!
  13. Mad to be Normal is to be released on 24th March.. ..I will be in India until the 22nd April.
  14. Yeah, I don't know a lot of people who still watch Dr Who, but maybe that's just me getting old. I think there were some awful episodes in Series 8 & 9, but Capaldi's acting was always fantastic, and the episodes that were good were very good. I think if I ever met Peter Capaldi I would be terrified because to me he is Malcolm Tucker. His level of insults gave me a lot of motivation. But yes, I am a Capaldi fan - in fact, maybe I'm more of a Capaldi fan than I am a Dr Who fan - and I can't wait to see what he does next.
  15. Om nom nom ..