Recently Watched on my Netflix Account:

Over these months, netflix has started releasing a ton of original content. 90% of the time I’m not exactly impressed by these original ventures, but once in a while Netflix releases a gem and you become obsessed with it. In the past month, I’ve squeezed Netflix shows and movies whenever I could into my schedule and for the most past of it, I’ve really, really enjoyed them!

  1. Queer Eye: Before I actually started watching Queer Eye, I would always see the cast everywhere doing a ton of interviews and buzzfeed quizzes and keep wondering why I wasn’t watching this show! Queer Eye is essentially a make over show where 5 completely and totally gay men, on the request of someone make someone’s life over. Obviously I found a favourite boy (Antoni) and before Queer Eye, I never thought I would be this excited about a reality show.
  2. Seirra Burgess is a Loser: My first thought about this movie when I initially watched the trailer was that this is completely stupid. Why, in a time where girls body shame themselves regularly, would make such a movie? Seirra Burgess is a story of Seirra who’s completely invisible at her school because she doesn’t fit in society’s definition of acceptable. One day, an unknown number texts Seirra (albeit by mistake) and she starts a friendship with this unknown number. I did watch the movie, and despite of being completely unrealistic and a tiny bit of stupid, the movie touches a chord at some points and has a really good soundtrack.
  3. To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before: I read this book before I watched the movie and thus ended up really not liking the movie. I loved the book and the movie, on the other hand felt really rushed and I couldn’t really understand the hype over Peter Kavinsky (However, I do approve of the hand in back pocket of jeans thing!)
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What am I listening to?

My brother recently made me download amazon prime music after seeing how much I struggled with Saavn and its unnecessary advertisements and I’ve to say its been the best part of this month! Amazon prime music is a blessing and works brilliantly and it makes it very easy for me to ignore people at work and just listen to music all the time. Over the weeks though, I’ve actually started listening to more and more of Hindi songs, especially early 2000’s songs just because. These are my go-to songs to survive every single work day:

  1. Love Lies – Khalid
  2. Back to you – Selena Gomez
  3. Rise – Jonas Blue
  4. O meri Laila – Atif Aslam
  5. Happier – Marshmello
  6. Dekhte Dekhte – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s version
  7. Roke na Ruke Naina (Unplugged version) – Amaal Malik
  8. Lie to Me – 5sos

Are you as addicted as I’ve become to this app and these songs to any app?

Priding through the weekend!

Two days ago, our Supreme Court passed a 495 page judgment written by a 5 Judge Constitutional Bench essentially stating this: Gay people can finally have sex with each other and not be branded criminals!

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The first thing that goes through everyone’s mind when you read this is why were gay people having sex even branded as criminals first?

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unequivocally branded adults having consensual sex as criminals and subjected them to imprisonment and fine, if the same was “against order of nature”. The Section was introduced back in 1860 and has been protested against tons of times.

In January of this year, five different people went to our Supreme Court and asked them to strike down the Section because it denied the LGBT community their basic fundamental rights.
In July of this year, the Supreme Court heard all arguments and reserved its judgement and on 6th September, the Bench passed a HUGE judgement covering tons of different aspects and laying down some very important precedents.

The judgement was passed by the Chief Justice of India (just before he finishes his term on October 2nd) along with conjuring judgments by four other judges, all of them speaking all kinds of sense. The huge judgement analyzed the meaning of sexual orientation, the meaning of individual identity and tied it all together by placing reliance on judgements from various other countries where same-sex consensual relationships have been legal for a long time.

I sat and read through the first 100 pages of the judgment (the CJI’s judgement) and can safely say that it is a very progressive judgement. Some of may favourite parts from the CJI’s judgment are these:

“As sexual orientation is an essential and innate facet of privacy, the right to privacy takes within its sweep the right of every individual including that of the LGBT to express their choices in terms of sexual inclination without the fear of persecution or criminal prosecution.”

“Biologically, the difference between a gay man and a straight man is something like the difference between a left-handed person and a right-handed person. Being left- handed isn’t just a phase. A left-handed person won’t someday magically turn into a right-handed person. Some children are destined at birth to be left- handed, and some boys are destined at birth to growup to be gay.”

The judgement has finally made homosexuality legal in India and comes as a huge, huge step towards progressive thinking. Over the years, the Supreme Court in our country has actually started passing really meaningful judgments, especially ensuring that the rights of the people in the country are not being violated.

 

 

P.S: Almost cried when I heard about the judgment + had MASSIVE goosebumps.

 

 

8 Years?

Look what I woke up to today!

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I cannot believe that its been 8 years since I started writing here! Its been a roller coaster ride with so many different emotions and I strongly feel that more than anything, my writing has grown and there are times when once in while I end up writing really awesome things.

Happy Anniversary to Me!