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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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TV Shows & Starters Borgen For someone who lives on political dramas, I am surprised I haven’t recommended this yet. Borgen is a Danish drama that focuses on the lives of the first female PM, her family, her spin doctor, and a young ambitious journalist. Think House of Cards but less dirty and more riveting….

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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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TV Shows & Starters Happy Valley (Season 1 & 2) In this so-called Golden Age of television, crime dramas are aplenty; switch the channel and there’s a good chance that you will find yourself in the midst of guns, gore & blood. Happy Valley is no different – but it is so much more than…

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Web Series & Starters Lauren (WIGS Youtube Channel) The WIGS Youtube channel tells stories about the lives of women, from a series that centres around a woman struggling with postpartum depression to one who is exploring speed dating to a short film on abortion. Lauren is about a young woman soldier who reports her gang-rape by…

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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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  Films & Appetizers LA VITA È BELLA (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) [1997] Films on the Holocaust tend to be very bleak, utterly solemn – and justifiably so. And Life Is Beautiful is no different. Set in Europe before and during WWII, Benigni (who also directed it) plays a small-town book owner who falls in love and has…

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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…