On Stranger Things

 


Firstly, I cannot help but be jealous of these kids who get to live such a happening and adventurous childhood. I love the pre-internet era. All romanticism got lost once internet came into picture. But yes I mean they did perfect with the setting, the fashion of that time, those trending hairdos, and it is such fun to frolic around with your buddies. Going to the shopping mall was such an occasion, such fun. Eating ice-creams scoop after scoop, playing games, just goofing around in your bicycle in forested suburbs, such privilege. Not a lackluster everyday affair that it has become now. 

Like we millennials had Harry Potter while growing up, GenZ has Stranger Things, is what I feel. Thanks to newsletters from Resh, I have come to appreciate the middle-grade books, as well as movies. When we had things to wonder about, and seek wonderment. I miss that phase of life. Reality and adulthood aren’t half as interesting as what these kids do in these 4 seasons. Friendships, secrets, brush of first love, the innocence of pre-teen years. And that hint of magic, the supernatural – danger lurking in the woods, and where adults rely on the kid with psychokinetic powers for safety.

It's such an engaging plotline and beautiful characters, powerful character arcs. My favorite is season 3, as season 4 gets way too dark. Life gets darker once we grow up.


In others news I stumbled upon Millie Bobby Brown's debut novel, 'Nineteen Steps'. Umm, interesting! But I am skeptical when actors and actresses write, wondering always whether a ghostwriter is involved. She plays the character 'Eleven' in the sitcom. Perhaps I'll pick it up, perhaps not, let's see.

What's the latest sitcom you are obsessing over?



This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon 2023. 

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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

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  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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