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TV Shows & Starters Jane the Virgin (2014-) Jane the Virgin is a great show, full of over the top drama, comedy, romance, and even mystery. But really the show is much more than what it first appears to be. While it follows the tropes of the soap opera genre (fun fact: the show is…

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Podcasts & Appetisers Looking Back with Leonard Cohen This week, amid the chaotic cocktail of politics and economics, we lost a great from the world of music and poetry – Leonard Cohen. Through his illustrious life and his profound meditations on life, religion, philosophy, even democracy, through performing, Cohen captured the imaginations of millions across the…

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Podcasts & Appetisers Revolutions (Mike Duncan) I might be late to the party, but I am here to stay. I had heard of the History of Rome podcast, which shot Mike Duncan to fame, but it was Revolutions that got me interested. I’m still on the first season, which takes us from Charles I’s ascendancy…

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Books & Starters Seeing Like a Feminist (Nivedita Menon) The first book that equipped me, a layperson, to see the world through a feminist lens. I surprise myself by finding valuable learnings to be gleaned from the book each time I revisit a page.  Described thus: “For Nivedita Menon, feminism is not about a moment…

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  Films & Starters The Intouchables This is one of those feel-good movies, something that can be watched idly on the weekends, a movie that stays fresh and resplendent even after multiple viewings. The majority of that is down to the sheer camaraderie & bonhomie on display throughout the two lead actors. The premise of…

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  Films & Starters (500) Days of Summer [2009] One of my favourites, this is the perfect light but smart romantic comedy– that is, full disclosure, not a love story – good for weekend viewing. Perhaps romantic comedy is a bit of a misnomer – by its own definition, it is a ‘boy meets girl‘ story…

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  Podcasts & Appetizers Remembering Oliver Sacks  Over the past weekend, famed British neurologist Oliver Sacks would have celebrated his 83rd birthday. The author, known for his eclectic work in documenting curious cases of neuropathology and its effects on behaviour and mental health, captured the imagination of his readers with his narrative style of unravelling…

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Television Shows & Appetizers OUTLANDER (2014-) Historical dramas are aplenty in this so-called golden age of television. Some are fantasy-oriented whilst others are based in real, historical fact. Outlander is a mixture of the two: set during the Jacobite rebellion in the mid-1700s, but being quite liberal with the source material and the historical accuracy…

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  Podcasts & Appetizers REVISIONIST HISTORY (Episode 1: The Lady Vanishes) Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast “Revisionist History” got off to an interesting start this week with its first episode “The Lady Vanishes“. Gladwell delves into the story of Elizabeth Thompson, one of very few female historical painters who rose to fame in the…

Stories Unheard: Jessy

The clock is ticking. It’s the last shot that the team has to redeem itself. She can hear the crowd roaring. Her teammates have been reduced to zooming dots in the distance, as she mans (well, womans) the goalpost. There are yells from the stands behind her, slander she is very accustomed to. The opponent…

What Inside Out taught me about Adult-ing through Life

I have a thing for psychometric tests. A particular proclivity, if you please. I used to take a lot of arbitrary witch-doctor-psychologist tests on websites like Tickle when I was in high school. In college, I was a willing participant for all my friends who were psychology students. They always knew that if a subject…