[HerStoryRecommends] Get ready to laugh out loud with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and read Malala Yousafzai’s stories of displacement – our top picks of the weekRekha Balakrishnan
In HerStory Recommends this week, there’s fun at the Nine-Nine and some incredible stories from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.
The Nine-Nine returns
Amy, Jake, Terry, Gina, Rosa, Scully, Hitchcock and Captain Holt are back on your screen, with a bang. After Fox let off the popular series last year, NBC was quick to pick it up, in just a few hours, much to our delight. The first episode of the sixth season of the hit TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes off after Jake and Amy get married. What happens during their honeymoon? Does Captain Holt become Commissioner? What new cases will the squad crack? Will the group go back in time and solve something big? We’d say it’s a good, cracking, funny beginning to the New Year, to laugh as long as it lasts. Do we recommend it? Totes!
(Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs on Comedy Central India on Wednesdays)
Moments of 'war'
Last week saw the release of two controversial movies, Uri-The Surgical Strike and The Accidental Prime Minister on the same day, and we decided to go for the former, despite being warned about “propaganda” and if we must admit here, a little unabashedly, just for Vicky Kaushal. The film, however, turned out to be quite a surprise. Based on the surgical strikes by the Indian Army in 2016, the film tells the story through the eyes of Major Vihaan Shergill, head of Special Forces, played by Vicky Kaushal, a performance that is highlighted throughout the film. Great sound, stunning visual effects and “believable” combat sequences make Uri-The Surgical Strike a great weekend watch. That is if you can forget some far-fetched scenes and a little jingoism. But it’s a patriotic movie, after all!
(Uri – The Surgical Strike now in theatres.)
Stories of displacement
Who doesn’t know Malala Yousafzai? The Nobel Peace Prize winner who dodged bullets in Pakistan as a young girl is one of the biggest and most much-loved peaceniks in the world, making the change she wishes to see in this world. In her new book, We Are Displaced – My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World, Malala Yousafzai narrates different experiences visiting refugee camps made her consider her own displacement. Removed from the country of her birth, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai now lives a life in the UK, far from the country she loves. All this because she still remains true the cause of girls’ education. Whether it is Zabreen from Yemen, Muzoon from Syria, Analisa from Guatemala, their stories of displacement are similar yet different – leaving behind homes and memories for unsure beginnings. Written in a simple but striking style, We Are Displaced hits hard – there’s so much in the world we do not know, yet!
(We Are Displaced – My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousufzai, published by Hatchette.)
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