TV Show Recommendations – If You Like Jane The Virgin…

TV series’ like Jane The Virgin are full of feels. They bag the family drama, romance and self-growth aspects like a pro! JTV, in particular, is one of my all time favourites. Not just because Jane’s character is super easy to relate to, but because of how well Gina Rodriguez brings that character to life and makes you want to be a part of her family. Watching the three (extremely short for my liking) seasons was a journey full of retrospection and wistful musings, for a TV show junkie like me. The manner in which her attitude towards life, passions, morals have been delineated allows us to believe in the power of perseverance and unity. It mirrors the success she ultimately experiences, while teaching us how wonderful it is to aspire. Hell, she doesn’t even let an unplanned insemination get in the way of her becoming an author! You couldn’t possibly have a better excuse than hers.

Here are some other television shows that grant us our daily dose of dramatic goodness, while urging us to follow our dreams:

  • The Carrie Diaries- Carrie Bradshaw knows how to take risks. When her law internship appears bleak in comparison to the job next door at Interview magazine, she jumps at the chance. With her charm, diligence and wit, she persuades Larissa, the editor to give her a full time job. Living the high life in Manhattan, Carrie comes to terms with making difficult choices with regards to education, friendship, love and family. The Carrie Diaries makes you fall in love with life all over again.


  • Younger – This is an endearing story of 40 going on 20. Liza, a divorced mother, realizes that while she was living her life as a wife and a mother, her career slipped out of her grasp. Now that she is ready to resume work in the publishing field, nobody wants to hire a 40 year old. So what does she do? She rebuilds her identity as a 26 year old, trying to fit into a world she had left behind. Her zeal for life is magically renewed donning this “younger” skin. Younger is a hearty TV series that explores the publishing industry through the eyes of Liza’s double persona.

  • Girlboss- Sophia is an eccentric character, barely surviving on her own. She has cut off all ties with family and friends alike, keeping only Annie (her bestfriend) by her side. She lucks out when a thrift shopping episode opens her eyes to the world of vintage fashion. After much deliberation, struggle and self-doubt, her eBay store gains momentum, with her refurbishing and selling vintage clothes. In the span of the 13 part series, we see Sophia unfurl and become a much better version of herself. She is a testament to what dedication to one’s job looks like. There’s a good deal of humor, sass and fashion in this show to make you want to binge watch.

  • Famous in Love – Paige, an ambitious college student, swings by a movie audition simply because her bestfriend insisted. Now, she has landed the lead role in the movie and has no idea how to juggle between her normal life and the one behind all the glitz and glamor. Friendships fall through the roof as new ones reserve a spot in her life. Does following one’s heart have to be so expensive?


  • The Bold Type – Three bestfriends, Jane, Sutton and Kat work for Scarlet magazine as an article writer, social media manager and fashion aspirant respectively. In a highly competitive and talent-driven world, these women experience the highs and lows of baring their soul to the society. You see, the devil may always come to collect his prize, but the social media trolls make life in hell look like a vacation. Filled with work woes, swoon-worthy relationships and mesmerizing shots of NYC, The Bold Type is quickly making its way up my favourites list.

There’s more than two months left for Jane The Virgin’s next season; enough time to indulge in the above mentioned lovelies. They are overflowing with empowered women and drool-inducing career paths. As a media graduate, writer and avid reader, these shows are my calling; their locations are undoubtedly made of Siren songs. Let me know if I’ve missed out any other TV shows that inspire you to give your absolute best each day. We all need such feel-good, quality content!

Author Interview – Revant [Selfienomics]

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Image courtesy – Bloomsbury India

Published by Bloomsbury India on 3rd November 2016, Selfienomics is a wonderful guide to imbuing your life with positivity and good health. First time writer, Revant, expertly employs humor and his vast knowledge of media & culture to deliver some life lessons. When  presented with the opportunity to interview him, I gladly agreed.

Hi Revant. Thank you for taking the time out to answer some questions in light of the release of your debut novel, Selfienomics.  Firstly, how did you decide you wanted to write a book pertaining to the self help genre?

I used to hate writing. In college, I always took classes which required the least amount of writing. I’m not a writer, I’m a thinker. It’s the thinker in me which forced me to write. I was frustrated at the way people spent their time and money and I had the self- confidence that I could contribute in changing it.

I wanted to reach out to a large number of people. As a 22 year-old, you have 4 options to reach out to a wide audience—create a high-quality social media page, make a movie, join politics, or write a book. Social media is too over-crowded so people don’t take you seriously. Movie and politics require a lot of experience and a team of people. Writing a book is the most convenient option—it requires no experience and can be done individually. All you need is a laptop (or a pen and paper). So I decided to write a self-help book aimed at improving the thought process of the youth.

During your preparatory stage, what opinions did you find most useful and how were you able to imbibe them?

I didn’t tell any of my friends that I’m writing a book so nothing in particular. But I found the opinions of external people very useful.  I would extensively read the “comments” section of posts of popular social media pages like AIB, Logical Indian, Frustrated Indian. Through that I would understand the mood and opinion of the average urban Indian. I tried my best to refer to the things that Indians were talking about about to make the book relatable to them.

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In the intro to your book, you’ve said that the focus of the book is self-improvement. What books or TV shows or movies have helped you, in the past, to discover and be more in tune with yourself?

Letter- “Why I am an atheist” is a letter by Bhagat singh which sparked my interest to write Selfienomics.  

 Book- When I first decided to write a self-help book, I realized that I had never read a self-help book before. So I googled “best-self help books” and I read the 6-7 books which were common on every list. 7 Habits of Highly effective people helped me with my time-management tremendously.

Movies- Swades, Rang De Basanti, PK, Kal ho Na ho, It’s a wonderful life. I like the way Rajkumar Hirani combines humour with life-lessons. I feel that if Selfienomics was written by a director, it would be Rajkumar Hirani.

I like the fact that you have used humor, sarcasm and colloquial language to drive home the various points that you make throughout the book. In addition to which, your novel is structured uniquely. Were these just tools to cater to a younger audience or were you, merely, taking an unconventional approach?

Young people usually avoid reading self-help books as they find them boring and preachy. They instead read click-bait articles on ScoopWhoop and Buzzfeed (10 reasons why you must dream big…etc.) as their daily dose of inspiration.

I combined humour with philosophy to connect with the modern reader. To be honest though, when I was writing the book, I didn’t think of all this. Using hashtags, humour, sarcasm and internet memes came very naturally to me.  

I am sure that it is no easy task to publish a book. A lot of research, late nights and post-publishing procedures would have been involved. What do you think about the whole process?

I read somewhere, “Publishing a book is like delivering a child. Except that its takes even longer and it hurts more”.

Since no one in my friends circle or family is an author, I had to learn everything myself so it took a lot of initiative from my side. I first applied to publishers in the US who typically replied—“Where is the Yoga? No one in the US is interested to read a self-help book by an Indian unless its about yoga.” 

I rewrote my entire book for an Indian audience, and then I started my publishing journey again. Overall, its been a bit more than 2 years since I first decided to write a book. As a debut author, you have to be passionate, practical and patient to see your book getting published by a traditional publisher (unless you’re Sachin writing his autobiography).

Selfienomics does not disappoint. In fact, I absolutely loved it! Here’s a link to my review of the book. Follow Revant on his Goodreads page here, watch the trailer of Selfienomics here and surely, grab a copy of the book.

– Meera

Book Addict Wonders : Bookshelf Organization

Hey everyone!

I started a new post venture called “Book Addict Wonders” wherein I will be posting my thoughts on different questions related to books. As of now, its meant to be a self generated question that is thought out through the post, but if you have any queries, feel free to ask 🙂


So let’s face it, I’m not a very organized person. I was more than happy to read the latest article about creativity breeding in messy areas. I now have proof why its totally okay that my bed consists of a pile of random stuff like nail polish, books, pens, hair bands, earphones, college notes, scraps of paper and other indiscernible items that are still buried underneath the heap. But when it comes to my bookshelf (the “book” bookshelf and not the college books bookshelf, you get it right?) I am as prissy as possibly can be. If I could frame each book, I would. But till I come up with a better plan, keeping the shelf and each book dust free is a life motto.

It is not an easy task, but I sort of manage. Now the real question is how do I organize the books? Based on author/name/color/genre? I have never really focused on such kinds of organizational tactics but of late, the number of books is growing and spilling out of the three shelves allotted to me. Time I push aside some of the parents’ books, huh? 😛 Anyhow, apart from grouping all my classics together, I don’t have much fun with bookshelf organization. So I figured, this time when I clean the shelves I shall place them with respect to “read and to be read”. The topmost shelf (about one fourth of my books) will be the ones I’ve read and the rest will be a jumble of ones I’ve yet to read. I was thinking I’ll place them not genre-wise but mixed. So one shelf would have a whole bunch of different genres like thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, chick lit, classics etc.

How do you organize your books? Any specific ideas that I could try out?

 

Mia

Book Review — Iris by Nancy Springer

Iris by Nancy Springer is a heart warming account of a mother and how she deals with the oddities of life after her daughter’s and husband’s death. Separation takes a while getting used to. But solitude doesn’t seem to bother her as much. She finds comfort and solace in the everyday tidbits that we normally turn a blind eye to. Collecting bottle caps, clothespins, strings of beads, whistles, toys that someone outgrew, jacks – becomes her all time leisure activity. I feel, it sort of becomes her refuge. The author makes this short, 8-paged story more humorous with witty remarks as spoken by the mother.

There isn’t much I could write about this book without spilling it all.  Its far from the likes of anything I’ve read and yet I was curious to know more. It was just so… sweet! Something we can learn from this is that, there’s no such thing as “worthless”. Every thing, whether small or big in monetary terms, possesses some value in the eyes of the beholder. Its all based on perception. So view things as you may, but ain’t nobody got the right to say that discarded things are rubbish. Sometimes they may not mean much, but sometimes it becomes a lifeline to others.

Rating – 3 stars on 5.

Mia

Book Review – Dream Caster by Najeev Nadarajah

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Dream Caster is a novel based on post-war Toronto. It explores the lives of a lucky few who managed to survive the catastrophe, which wipes mankind off the face of the Earth. Weaver, the protagonist, is a very soft and kind hearted character. He is left helpless as his world – the settlement where he grew up – collapses before his eyes. Ever since, thoughts of the disastrous event flood his mind, not allowing him any sense of peace. Soon, he discovers an absurd ability that he possesses – the power to make his dreams come true! Now who doesn’t want that?! However with power comes responsibility and Weaver must learn to control it in time (and use it against the wrongdoers) in order to prevent extinction of life on this planet.

I would like to congratulate Najeev Nadarajah for a job well done and I hope this book crosses boundaries of success!! The storyline was out-of-the-world amazing. There were many jaw-dropping instances. I especially liked Weavers character! It has been inked beautifully with minor flaws as seen in every individual. I ABSOLUTELY loved the style of writing adopted by the author. I have never read a book with such a writing technique, before, and I can tell you, I am definitely hooked onto it. The anticipation with the oncoming 21st December 2012, makes the publishing date of the book (19th December) a little too apt. The book had such a huge impact, I was staring at the last page for awhile before I could snap out of the reverie. It was a lot to process at first but once everything started to seep in, it was mind blowing.Can’t wait for the 2nd book!! 😀 I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. There’s something in it for all fiction lovers. 🙂

Rating – 5 star

Mia