The Weekend Specials

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…

The Weekend Specials

  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…

The Case Against The Jury  

You don’t have to have legal associations, be black or even been born to know about the OJ Simpson murder trial, arguably the most famous legal trial of all time and an indelible part of modern folklore. The case received unprecedented media coverage – right from the car chase to the actual trial itself. The…

The Weekend Specials

  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…

The Weekend Specials

  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…

Master(piece) of None

“You’re out of tacos??!! What am I supposed to do now, go to the second-best place taco place in town like some asshole??” The line above, said incredulously (and hilariously) by Dev Shah (played by Aziz Ansari), is a perfect encapsulation of everything, good and bad, that millennials face today in a maelstrom of technology….