In HerStoryRecommends this week, we gush over Young Sheldon on Amazon Prime Video and recommend the book Jasmine Days.Rekha Balakrishnan
The series Young Sheldon has been on for a while on Amazon Prime, but we still can’t stop gushing over the young genius Sheldon Cooper (a spin-off of the hugely popular The Big Bang Theory), as each episode unfolds itself. The latest one had us in splits, as Sheldon tries to get his college aspirations up by living with Professor Dr Sturgis for one night, and accidently sets the kitchen on fire. Cooper, Mary Cooper, his siblings Georgie and his twin Missy and not to forget, his adorable grandmother Meemaw make this series a definite watch. While the older Sheldon may seem exasperating and lovable at the same time, the young Sheldon has us go, ‘awww, so cute!’. Can’t wait for more.
(Young Sheldon streaming on Amazon Prime Video)
This one got me intrigued. When Tinder and Buzzfeed announced GirlsFeed, a variety show featuring a group of women discussing, well, being a woman in India, I just had to see what the fuss was all about. The first episode was a revelation – a diverse group of women discussing everything under the sun – the struggles, joys, the highs and lows of being a woman in India. Right from lying to parents, living up to the society’s expectations of how girls should behave – the show is trying to bring out different cultural nuances, and expectations on a whole variety of things. From dating, falling in love, the male gaze, and relationships and more, it is no-holds-barred and straight from the heart. Watch it if you are from Gen Z, are a millennial or older – there are definitely some lessons you can learn.
(GirlsFeed – streaming on Buzzfeed YouTube channel)
If you have read Goat Days, Malayalam writer Benyamin’s first book on the life of an immigrant worker in the Gulf, then don’t expect his second one, Jasmine Days, to be similar. The book is centred around Sameer, a young Pakistani woman living life in a fictitious place called The City, living life among various insecurities and differences in a patriarchal joint family. The story, set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, explores relationships, strife in religion, terror, and also in some way the importance of women’s rights. Translated from Malayalam by Shanaz Habib, it is both a disturbing as well as a revealing read.
(Jasmine Days by Benyamin)
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