Posted in Tv Shows

Every TV show I’ve watched in 2020 rated and ranked! – Part I

For this totally random list that I’ve made over the last few months, I added only TV shows I’ve started in this year – so that means I excluded shows that I’ve been watching for a while and I only watched new seasons of this year (Eg: Queer Eye, 13 Reasons Why, Money Heist, Elite and so, so, so many more), or shows that I’ve re-watched (Eg: Supernatural).

So here is every single TV show I’ve watched this year rated and ranked for you!

  1. Shameless US – Definitely my favourite show from this year. It was filled with laughter, and love, and drama, and so much more: 9/10

  2. Hollywood – This Netflix original blew my mind because the first two episodes had me so confused as to where it was going and then the rest of the episodes put every single thing into perspective and it was just amazing: 8.7/10

  3. Bojack Horseman – I struggled through the first season but everything was worth it in the end. BJ hits you in a way no other show has ever, and delivers life truths in a way you’d least expect: 8.5/10

  4. Hit The Floor – This Vh1 original was a show I stumbled upon really randomly and I’ll tell you upfront – I only decided to watch it because of a power couple I found online. I watched only 3 out of the 4 seasons because I also found out that the couple breaks up in the fourth (and final) season. Other than that this show was full of dance, drama, murder, and love and a great break from regular Netflix dramas: 8.2/10

  5. The Good Place – Kristen Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop who dies and ends up in The Good Place (heaven). What follows is four seasons of laughter, drama, crazy twists and a really great finale. I’m not a huge fan of sit-coms but this is pretty much a must-watch: 8.2/10
Posted in books

Books and my YA rant.

Reading has always been something I’ve really loved and I’ve always dedicated a lot of time to it. Over a lot of years, I’ve owned and read an immeasurable amount of books and with every book I purchase or finish reading, I already have the next one lined up. I’ve never really stuck to just one or two genres either and I’ve mostly tried to read all kinds of books. Despite this, the genre I’ve probably read the most of is YA. And I think its because YA can be so diverse. It has romance, crime, mystery, unbearable sap and a weird kind of realism. Its definitely been the genre that has been a huge part of most of my teenage years. SO many YA books have been my absolute favourites over the years (Simon vs. The ¬†Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, An Abundance of Katherines), and I’ve always been really glad for the genre.

Last month, I was reading a book called Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Cassandra Clare is the author of the famous The Mortal Instruments books (that got made into a TV show called Shadowhunters) and I read all six of them last year. Lady Midnight also follows this world introduced in the earlier books and is the story of Emma and Julian – two Shadowhunters in Los Angeles who are also best friends and then are tasked with the mission of investigating certain murders that have been happening for a while.

I love a good fantasy book. Fantasy YA can be a really good break from regular fictional books. But something really surprising happened when I was reading Lady Midnight. One of the sub-plots of the book was that Emma and Julian are in love with each other but because laws in their world don’t allow it, none of them really acknowledge it. What was a sub-plot felt more like the main plot because all either of the two think about throughout the book is each other – and not in the fun, adorable, romantic way that most YA I loved has had.

As I went on reading, I soon realized that the problem wasn’t the content. The problem was me. I could barely see past this weird little love story because this weird little love story was really annoying me. Everytime Julian thought about Emma’s perfect hair, or Emma gushed over literally any skill Julian possessed, all I did was cringe. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and what I really couldn’t understand was why it was getting to me. Slowly, I thought maybe I’m growing out of this. That maybe I’m getting over reading YA content.

When I first had I thought, I was pretty terrified. YA books have been a huge part of my life for so long. I’ve done everything while reading them – cried, thrown it in frustration, memorized quotes, finished them in a day, re-read them. So how could it even be possible that I could grow out of it? And if I could grow out of it, did that mean I would grow out of everything it has made me into? I sat on this for a while actually, wondering what it would really mean for me. Would I never read them again? Or would I cringe everytime a stupid teenager went out with someone they liked? I certainly didn’t want that. I didn’t want to become one of those people who started disliking something that made them into who they are right now. Then I thought, maybe its for the best.

Maybe growing out of YA content didn’t have to mean that I’d never read them again. Maybe it just meant that I was growing into something else, maybe growing faster than I thought, but growing.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you a huge YA buff?

Posted in Personal

Super Easy Pav Bhaji Recipe.

I’ve spent years loving Pav Bhaji because how can you not, right? Its yum, its spicy, its wholesome and it always makes you feel right at home no matter where you are.

This lockdown has been pretty hard on everyone, but so much harder if you’re away from home. My roommate and I have been cooking a lot at home (like most people) and we’ve been trying to experiment as much as we can. That is how we came across a really easy to make pav bhaji recipe and tried it back in April and now I can say we’ve mostly perfected it! So here is a beautiful picture of it and the recipe for you guys to try as well!

Ingredients:
1) Salt
2) Garlic cloves (around 5-7)
3) Turmeric powder
4) Red chili powder
5) Dry red chilies (around 3-4 but mostly depending on how much spice you can take)
6) Oil
7) Butter
8) Onions (4, or if you have bigger ones then 2)
9) Tomatoes (4 or 5, depending on their side)
10) Boiled Potatoes (4)
11) Boiled Carrots (4)
12) Boiled Cauliflower (1)
13) Bread slices (4 or 5)
14) Pav Bhaji Masala/Rajma Masala/Chole Masala
15) Ginger (half a piece)

Steps:
1) Chop the potatoes, carrot and cauliflower into cubes and boil them in water for about 25 minutes (I suggest this longer time because we always boil it in the microwave and once or twice we’ve boiled it less and its been very hard to mash them).
2) Once they’re boiled, mash all the vegetables together and mash them so smoothly that it has a nice creamy texture.
3) Chop the onions, tomatoes, red chilies, garlic and ginger into small pieces.
4) Pour some oil on the pan and put the onions, tomatoes and red chilies into the pan. Fry these till the onions are golden brown.
5) Remove these from the pan and put everything into a mixer/grinder and mix/grind these together into a mixture.
6) Pour this mixture back into your pan and add some water along with it.
7) Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder as per your taste and cook this on a medium flame.
8) Take the ginger and garlic and grind/mix them in your grinder/mixer into a thick paste.
9) Pour this paste into your pan and mix everything together.
10) As this mixture cooks, add the vegetables you’ve mashed and keep mixing everything together.
11) Mix well and cook the bhaji on a medium flame. Now add 2-3 tablespoons of Pav Bhaji Masala/Rajma Masala/Chole Masala whatever you have and mix well. (here, we used rajma masala because we couldn’t find pav bhaji masala anywhere and honestly, it works just as well and tastes great!).
12) Cook for a few minutes of a medium flame. Garnish with coriander and chopped onions if you want to.
13) On a pan, melt some butter and lightly toast your bread pieces (you can also use a toaster).
14) Serve and enjoy!