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!


2014 – A Year for The Polylinguist in Me

Hey you! 🙂 How’s the 2nd day of a new year going?

I have always enjoyed learning new languages. I think some of that can be attributed to all the shifting around we (family) did since my childhood. From place to place, meeting and befriending people of the region, I have tried to grasp bits of words and phrases. If my memory served better I would have been able to speak in around 4 Indian languages now. But as we moved on, new languages made way and disuse of others resulted in forgetting. I can still understand them just not speak very fluently.

This year in college for extra credit course I picked Spanish. So far its been real fun! For fluent English speakers, Spanish is very easy to learn as long as you can memorise the grammar rules and vocabulary. But then again that’s a given for any language. I would most probably continue with learning Spanish even after the course is over. Maybe try out one of the advance courses online. People often ask the question is it easier than so-so language or not. I feel as long as you are interested in any language, it naturally becomes more easy. Ofcourse you need to work hard, but if you put your mind into it, nothing is really that difficult. Like the saying, “If there is a will then there is a way. ” So I should be able to converse in Spanish by the time we approach the end of 2014, atleast basics.

I have also been learning Korean by myself for a few months. Right now I am not making much progress but once my summer break starts in April I would have a lot more time to focus on Korean. As of now I can say the Hello-Hi phrases, introduce myself, ask and respond to general questions. But I don’t think too great of that. And also the fact that there is so much I don’t know makes me kind of shy to talk in another language. I feel that as long as I haven’t perfected or atleast come close to perfecting a language, I wouldn’t feel comfortable talking to someone who is fluent. 😛 Probably a weird notion, but yeah!

Another thing being I watch the TV show called ‘Witches of East End’. If you know anything about it you probably would have figured out what I am talking about. The hunger to know more languages has me incessantly typing out Latin words (from the show) into Google Translator. A little silly, I know, after all who am I going to talk to in Latin. Nevertheless I try to learn what I can.

You see, I have a lot in mind for 2014. Hopefully at the end of it, I would have mastered one of these languages. I know, I most probably will 🙂 Oh and also I just re-read my post, I am not as crazy as this post may seem to you 😀