Post 4: Background Information

New Guinea has a world population of about 7,259,456. A major urban area is Port Moresby which is the capital of the country. Around 383,000 people live in Port Moresby and the rate of urbanization in the years 2015-2020 is about 2.51% rate of change.

A popular place in New Guinea is  Rabaul. It is  well known for the volcano in that area, scuba diving, Simpson Harbor, snorkeling and much more. This area many years ago was destroyed due to a volcanic eruption and to this day is threatened by volcanic eruptions seeing as Rabaul is right on the edge of the volcano.

Some of the major languages spoken here are Tok Pisin (a creole language), English, and Hiri Motu, and some other indigenous languages.

Risk of disease living in this area is very high, main examples of food or waterborne diseases would be: Bacterial Diarrhea, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid fever. Examples of  vector borne disease in that area is dengue fever and malaria. About 0.8% of the population is currently living with HIV/ AIDS.

The religions in this country is a very broad variety, Protestant 64.3% (Evangelical Lutheran 18.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.9%, Pentecostal 10.4%, United Church 10.3%, Evangelical Alliance 5.9%, Anglican 3.2%, Baptist 2.8%, Salvation Army .4%), Roman Catholic 26%, other Christian 5.3%, non-Christian 1.4%, unspecified 3.1% (2011 est.) 

Some key events would be WWII and their role in that over the course of a few years. Another interesting key event is West New Guinea transferring to Indonesia. Then the Bougainville separatist struggle and then the truce. To this day key events are still being built and their history is always updating.

There is a lot to learn from this country, they have a ton of super intriguing stories of their history and they seem to have gone through a lot as a country. It is interesting seeing the disease rates there and they literally put a “before you travel make sure to get these immunizations.” I think I still have a lot to learn and I am definitely ready to learn more.  Continue reading

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Book Club Response 2

Hi readers!

Currently in “Ayesha at Last” the engagement between Hafsa and Khalid has been torn off and Hafsa runs away with Tarek. Khalid writes a letter to Ayesha that makes her feelings towards Khalid confusing. I feel like ultimately a theme or message is that even in the mess of things there is always something that can be fought for. When things have been falling apart in the book, they are all finding that there is something worth fighting for even if that thing makes you angry sometimes.

The scenes we shared in our podcast were- 1. The meeting at the mosque that kind of set the whole plot line up, Ayesha pretended to be Hafsa over what started out as a little bit of fun but really ended up creating a big mess and some I guess you could say heartbreak. 2. We discuss Sheilas plan backfiring, she basically tries to set Khalid up for failure by having him work with these women on a plus size lingerie website. The company he is supposed to work with turns out being a huge successful company and Sheila is mad that Khalid doesn’t fail. 3.

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Book Club Response 1

In the book “Ayesha at Last” a lot has happened, Ayesha is helping in planning a big event and everyone believes she is her cousin Hafsa for most of the book. Khalid goes to propose to Hafsa (the Ayesha version of Hafsa) but when he gets there everything falls into place and he realizes hes about to propose to the real Hafsa and not the girl he fell for. It’s kind of confusing to explain on here so I hope some of that made sense. I feel like in the story there is a ton of miscommunication so if you could learn anything from the book right now it would be to focus on communication so things don’t become a big mess, and also to be true to who you are and better things happen. The whole big is just seeming to be miscommunication after miscommunication leading to one big mess.

The author of this book is Uzma Jalaluddin, she is lives in the greater Toronto area with her husband and two sons. I don’t see anything that really explains her reason for writing this book, but I am glad she did. She has experience with the culture of this book, and also the location, I am sure she has experience with this time period seeing as it is a more modern day book. Uzma also writes a parenting column called “Samosas and Maple Syrup” for Toronto’s largest daily newspaper. “Ayesha at last” is her big debut novel, I hope to see more from her in the future.

I have not yet finished the book, I predict that Khalid is going to do everything to get Ayesha instead of Hafsa. I think it is going to be a whirlwind of an ending to the book. I really hope that Ayesha and Khalid do end up together because I really like them together. They are both funny and awkward and would just make a good pair. I think Khalid will probably be hurt that Ayesha lied about who she was for such a long time but I think like in any good cheesy romance, they will figure it out and have their “fairytale” ending. I feel like there is going to be some big plot twist but I don’t know what that could be yet.

I highly recommend Ayesha at Last.

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