It’s a bit weird probably, but writing these Sunday Letters is one of my favourite things to do every week, blogging wise. I love using this space to connect on a more personal level, and while I would hope that you’re still able to get some value from it, I feel like this column is like a quick gossip session between friends, talking about all of the things that have caught our fancy lately!
This week has been one for really, really late nights. Binge watching shows, WhatsApp bitching/analysis chats about said shows, reading books in a heat, three-hour long conversations with dear friends… it’s all been happening this past week. Not that I am complaining! In fact, it helps to take my mind off other things, including just overall uncertainty about life post lockdown, and how to navigate through it all.
How has your week been? And how are you finding some rest for yourself this Sunday? I hope you’ll are having a sweet, slow and happy Sunday, wherever you are…
INDIAN MATCHMAKING ON NETFLIX
After holding out for a few days and resisting watching this viral show, I finally gave in at the unrelenting insistence of one of my friends. I didn’t want to watch the show – I mean, do we really need a TV show to highlight how shallow and narrow-minded Indians can be when looking for a partner for their children, especially their sons, via the arranged marriage route?
And yet, I did finally end up watching Indian Matchmaking on Netflix (with my hand on the fast forward button pretty much all throughout) which resulted in a WhatsApp chat session with my girlfriends till 5am dissecting the show.
I have so many thoughts about the show, and I can’t fit it all within this column, but here’s just a sampler:
- Freud must have a very smug “I told you so” face in his face.
- There is such a thing as a professional “face reader”?
- What level of narcissist do you have to be to have an image of your face on the door handle of your room?
- If there was a drinking game where you took a shot every time Sima Aunty spoke about girls having to adjust and compromise, we would all be very, very, very drunk.
- How is this show getting made even in 2020 and why, why, why am I watching it?
- What, really, is the purpose of this show? Cringe-and-binge worthy low-stakes drama? Hold up a mirror to society (though its unclear to me what that mirror is meant to do)? Make people realise how biased and shallow-minded they can be in their attitudes towards marriage? Make people change their thinking?
OUTLANDER, THE BOOK SERIES
This fantasy book series, and the adapted TV show, has been on my radar for some time now, but I finally got around to reading the first book in the series over the last couple of days. I’ll admit, I was a little wary of the length – the first book itself has over 600+ pages. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to sustain my attention for that long.
But I needn’t have worried. It took me a little time to get into the story (and also the Scottish way of speaking) but once I could place the characters properly, I was completely invested. The story revolves around Claire Randall, an accidental time-traveler from the year 1946, who finds herself transported back to Scotland in the year 1743 and the choices that she ends up making.
The writing is detailed, and sets up the atmosphere of the times perfectly. Some things did feel a bit of a stretch though, especially that episode towards the end at Wentworth Prison, but for the most part, the plot moves along at a steady pace and I found myself (figuratively) flipping through the Kindle pages waiting to see how it all ends up for Claire, Jamie and Frank.
LINKS I LOVED
The perfect stove-top popcorn recipe. I’m a bit of a popcorn fiend, and this one is by far the best recipe for homemade popcorn I’ve ever tried.
Kate’s new home is so dreamy and gorgeous!
I loved reading this profile of Katie Searle, one of the co-founders of Kinfolk, and ups and downs of her life.
Do your goals have an implementation intention?
This interview with Tim Ferriss is insightful, and I loved his simplistic take on the measurement of success: How do you feel when you wake up and before bed and how easily do you fall asleep?
On the matter of the global pandemic, if the weekend and the work week have sorted of blended together for you, here are a few ways to make your weekend special when staying at home.
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