Great Storytelling Network Newsletter – 6 July 2017

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Great StoryTelling Network Newsletter
Volume 13, Issue 9 – 6 July 2017
How To Tell A Great Story
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Columnists’ Books|
Aneeta Sundararaj|
Ladoo Dog|
Website Makeover|
My Cholesterol Journey in Malaysia|
Eric Okeke|
Corruption, Stop it!|

Rohi Shetty|
200 Humorous Tweetable Quotations |
Vaidya C.D. Siby | Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia |
Dear [FIRSTNAME],

Substance abuse has become prevalent in today’s society. That’s why one of the most popular stories in ‘Knowledge of Life’ is the one about Jennifer. I’m sharing a shortened version of it with you today and hope that you will find it beneficial. I’m also keeping my story about my trip to Sydney because it seems to have garnered lots of positive comments. Rohi expands on his subject matter of growing a facebook fanpage. I trust that you’ll enjoy these stories we’re sharing with you.

Happy storytelling.
Aneeta Sundararaj

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STORY ASIA: Over the Bridge

Grey Skies of Sydney

This is a surprise. Climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge. You’re living the high life, I see.

This is the whatsapp message I receive from a relative. What is she surprised about? That I am in Sydney? That I didn’t tell her I was on holiday? Or that I am on holiday at all. It has to be the last one.

That tinge of envy in the message aside, I admit that I told very few people about this desire to climb the bridge. The only ones who know are my friends in Sydney, my mother and some very close friends. Also, I get the feeling that some don’t think I’m serious about it. In fact, my editor isn’t interested in a story because she feels there’s nothing unique about it.

The first time I thought about climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it wasn’t even possible to do so. This must have been in the early 1990s. I stood on the balcony of one of our friend’s homes looking at the view of a city drenched in sunlight. While everyone else commented on the warm weather and fussed over the barbecue, I looked at the magnificent steel contraption in the distance and wondered what it would be like to climb it.

How tiny those climbing the bridge look from the ground.

In the many years since that day, I’ve often thought about that view. On miserably grey days in the UK, I tried to explain to friends that in Sydney, it could be freezing cold, but with that cloudless sky, your spirits were bound to be lifted. I wondered if I would ever fulfil this desire to climb the bridge and mulled over all the expenses involved. In short, I made no concerted effort and it remained a something-to-talk-about-but-never-do thing.

All this changes in January this year when a friend from Sydney visits Kuala Lumpur. On the off chance, I ask if she’s interested in something like this fully expecting her to say no. She surprises me when she’s keen to join me in this adventure. We agree to meet up in about two months and take it from there.

It’s only when I start looking for hotels to stay in that I realise just how much of this city I’ve forgotten. I can’t recognise many of the names of the suburbs I used to visit. Wondering why this is so, I search my memory and it then occurs to me that it’s been some 19 years since I was last in Sydney. Yes, I have visited Australia a few times in the last two decades, but always skipped Sydney.

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STILLNESS AND FLOW: Five Easy Steps to Your First 100 Facebook Page Fans by Dr. Rohi Shetty

Setting up your first Facebook Business Page to promote your blog or freelance writing is fast, easy, simple, and free.

The next step is to use your Facebook Page to deliver awesome content to your target audience. Your first target should be to get 100 fans to like your Facebook Page.

Here is a step by step tutorial to gain your first 100 Facebook fans:

Publish at least 5–10 posts before you invite anyone
These posts may be links to your articles and blog posts. However, you should also share links to interesting and engaging content by influencers in your niche.

Pro tip: Add attractive images, funny quotations, and short videos that are more likely to be shared. Also, use Emojipedia to help find the right emoji for your posts.

Update your Page regularly
Ideally, you should add at least one new post daily…

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KNOWLEDGE OF LIFE: Jennifer: Drug Abuse by Aneeta Sundararaj

Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia

‘To cease and abstain from evil forbearance with respect to intoxicants, and steadfastness in virtue. This is the highest blessing.’ Gautama Buddha, Manggala Sutra

Jennifer Tan who came to see me knowing she had a drug problem. She first came to see me eight years ago. 21 years old, she was barely five feet tall, very thin and frail. Her lips appeared dry; her skin was sallow and lifeless. When she stepped on the scales, she weighed 42 kg.

She was accompanied by her boyfriend, Adam.

When she finally settled into the chair, I asked her, “What’s the problem?”

“I have to lose weight.”

I thought she was joking. But her tone was resolute and I could tell that she meant every word.

“I want to be 35 kg. I have to be 35 kg.”

I decided it would be better to find out a little more about her. So, for the next hour or so, she told me a story that was sad and horrifying in equal measure. It all started one night when she was 13 years old and her mother did not bother to pick her up from school.

By then, Jennifer’s parents were divorced and she didn’t know where her father was. Instead, a boy from the college opposite the school offered to take her to his home. He then offered her a can of beer. After another three cans, she asked him to find her a taxi and requested he pay the fare with a promise that she’d pay him back later. He agreed.

When she arrived home, the first thing she saw was…

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Description: How often have you wished you could understand how your body works? In Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia, Vaidya C.D. Siby and Aneeta Sundararaj show you how. Through understanding the basics of the ancient medical system of Ayurveda, you will come to see how you can achieve and maintain good health for longevity. Far from being a textbook on Ayurveda, the elements of storytelling are used to feature some of the more common diseases among Malaysians. They range from obesity, thyroid disorder, diabetes, drug abuse and alcoholism to depression, cancer, stroke, eczema, psoriasis and subfertility. In each chapter, you will read about the disease, the common treatments the patient has undergone and how Ayurveda helped alleviate the signs and symptoms. An enlightening book, Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia dispels the myths surrounding this ancient medical system.

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