How to tackle the cascade effect of minor problems.

A top 50 survey of ‘first world problems’ by Business Insider lists the biggest ‘first world problem’ as a runny nose. Second place on the list was getting a call from an unknown number. In third place, it was being left on hold in the middle of a call.

We can all agree that these problems are minor and that is why they are all considered to be ‘first world problems’. They also don’t impact our lives in any deep or meaningful way. At least, that’s what most of us may think. However, there are times when minor problems do…


Especially when it is conflicting or contradictory

I have been on Medium for exactly one month now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have made enough money to pay the $5 Medium membership fee and I even have a little bit left over for a fancy cup of coffee and a treat.

When I first started out, I was really clueless about Medium but then I started reading all the articles about publishing, writing, gaining followers, and earning money on the site. I also picked up new terminology like the word ‘listicle’ and I learned the difference between self-publishing and writing for other publications.


It can reveal a candidate’s personality and their fit for the job

Some years ago, I was a budding PhD scientist in Chemistry trying to make it into the big leagues of academia. I never did make it but that’s another story. Anyway, what I needed most at that time was a recommendation letter. Whether you are applying for a research grant, a travel award, or some other academic benefit, the recommendation letter is an important footnote in the life of a young scientist. In my case, the letter would also carry more weight if it was written by a professor of the highest rank and order.

With this in mind, I…


That is the question from a new Medium writer

I am either old or out of the loop because I had never heard of the word listicle until I started writing on Medium a few weeks ago. When I first heard of the word, I thought it was a joke. Why would you call something a listicle when it clearly rhymes with testicle?

Anyway, I found out soon enough that listicle is commonly used in the blogging world to mean an article made up of lists. On Medium, there seems to be two camps of people— those who are in favor of listicles and those who aren’t. It doesn’t…


Spooktober 2020 Entry

There is nothing more terrifying to me than the pounding of my heart as the stories of ghosts, spirits, and demons come alive through the pages of a book. There is also nothing more offensive to me than the gruesome depictions of blood and gore that are becoming a staple of the horror genre these days.

In my opinion, the best horror books don’t have to resort to the cheap thrills of violence to instill fear in their readers. In fact, I notice that my fear is more pronounced when the horror is unknown and takes on the form of…


How olive baboons interact with humans

I was a young girl growing up in Nigeria, West Africa, when I had my first chance encounter with a baboon.

At the time, my family and I were visiting a game reserve (or wildlife park) called the Yankari Game Reserve in Nigeria. It was my birthday and we had decided to make it a family event celebrating at the reserve.

Yankari Game Reserve is one of the few areas in West Africa where wild animals are protected and get to live in their natural habitat without much interference from humans. Tourists may visit the park but there are no…


Delphine LaLaurie was a cruel slave owner and serial killer in 19th century Louisiana

The LaLaurie Mansion is one of the most famous houses in New Orleans. It is notorious for its dark history.

On April 10, 1834, a fire at the LaLaurie mansion led to the discovery of a torture chamber in the mansion. Rescuers found several slaves, bloodied, chained, and tied up with spiked iron collars in the attic.

One of the slaves, a 70-year-old woman had purposefully started a fire to escape being tortured by her slave-owner mistress, Delphine LaLaurie.

The slaves were so badly mistreated that the rescuers themselves were shocked at the extent of their condition. The injuries sustained…


Was Chandra Levy killed because of her affair with a high-ranking congressman?

On September 11, 2001, America was changed forever. However, for weeks before the terrorist attacks occurred on that fateful day, all the media could talk about was the mysterious disappearance of a 24-year-old woman called Chandra Ann Levy.

Levy had been an intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was also linked to an older, married Congressman Gary Condit. They were reportedly having an affair before her disappearance and there was a cloud of suspicion over him. Could he have been involved?

This is their story.

The intern

Chandra Ann Levy was born on April 14, 1977, to Robert and Susan…


Trying to balance having pretty hair with health and safety during COVID-19

When I was working at my 9–5 job, I used to get my hair done at a blow-dry bar. About once every 2 weeks or so, I would drive over to a blow-dry bar.

A blow-dry hair treatment involves drying the hair after washing so that the hair obtains a sleek and smooth look. It’s all about styling one’s hair so that it looks extra neat and presentable. Some people get blow-dries for special events such as weddings and parties. I got mine done simply because it made me feel happy to have my hair looking beautiful.

Don’t even get…


Life is very difficult for some residents of Mountain View, California

Mountain View is one of the major cities of Silicon Valley in California. It is also one of the most expensive cities in the United States. What do you expect in a city that serves as the headquarters for Google and every major tech company under the sun? Rents and mortgages are sky-high in this area.

I am not a resident of Mountain View, California but I have family and friends who live there. When I was visiting my brother in Mountain View, I drove through some streets near his home and I was very surprised to see a line…

Anita Durairaj

I enjoy writing about books, reading, and literature. I am also a scientist who knows what it’s like to tinker in the lab.

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