Thursday 11 June 2020

Share The Load & Multiply Love At Your Sweet Home

Amidst this grim time, the moments spent with family are priceless. Being locked down in homes for months now, families are coming closer. It’s particularly true for people like me who worked long hours earlier... 
Even in a time of great fear like this, I had a secret pleasure of finally having to spend time with my family, particularly with my busy husband. It sometimes sound so strange that such joy could co-exist with such a sad backdrop. The long-held wishes that I had for my family and which seemed to be fantasies had started coming to life. 🤩 For the first time, it wasn’t just the women like me staying at home, but also the men, the “bread winner” of the families, whose socially pronounced domain had always been the world outside.

For the first few weeks, I was certainly super-charged to stretch my limits to please my family in every possible manner. Regularly dining together, indulging in home makeover, doing morning yoga with kids, experimenting with never tested recipes, doing all sort of recreational activities - the list of fun family moments seemed never ending. 

But after a while, I found myself sunk neck deep in work bearing the brunt of office work deadlines, childcare responsibilities and bulk of household chores compounded together. I noticed my stress levels getting increased when I was unhappy about unfinished chores.

Despite wanting a break from this exhausting new 'normal' setup so desperately, I was hesistant to seek help from my husband and somehow my stress went unnoticed by him until one fine day when he watched this awe-inspiring advert by Ariel India on TV.
The impact of the the advert was so instantaneous that my husband admitted to me, "No chores are unpleasant, especially when it comes to the 'men' in the house. No matter who earns more or who spends longer hours at the office space; now we will equally and fairly take responsibility for dusting, laundry, cooking, bed making,and even toilet cleaning in our household." 

Trust me, a small help offered by my husband exceptionally improved overall positivity in the house. 🏡 I felt myself truly fortunate when my husband and my son fondly came forward for helping n supporting me to #ShareTheLaundry and #ShareTheLoad. 😇

This practice of chore-splitting has strengthened bonding among all my family members. Actually, we're genuinely committed to continue being a support to each other at home even after this #lockdown phase is over. Because for the modern truefit family like ours, 'housework gender gap' is a thing of past. 

It's a bliss to be with a man who advocates the fact that sharing the load is not a threat to his masculinity rather a sincere effort to reinforce gender equality at home. 

Finally, I would say a cultural shift in the expectations of society is crucial at individual level to spur more equal practices in the home. Let's #ShareChoresMultiplyLove with a pledge to uproot deeply protected gender disproportion. 😇 

I will #ShareTheLoad and help in household chores in association with Ariel India and BlogAdda

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Incredible Watchlist for Kannada Cine Buffs

Indian cinema content has always been entertaining and exemplary. Most Indians love watching movies, no matter what the genre is. While Hindi movies have been immensely popular in India since forever, the regional cinema is the new 'cool' in Indian cinema. From the fringes, regional films are moving to the mainstream. Its appreciable that content-driven regional films are no longer isolated by language.

I've been receiving a number of requests from my readers to list some regional movies that could be on their watchlist and could entertain them during this quarantine period. So I decided to reiterate the popularity of OTT platform ZEE5 where an exhaustive list of free movies is being streamed.

Here is a curation of some feel-good Free Kannada movies to help lift your spirits-

Londonalli Lambodara is a light screenplay with a touch of romance that presents quite a realistic character of a lazy guy who blindly trusts his virtual 'guruji' prediction of a luxurious life in London and a wedding with a ‘white girl’ in London. The acting skills of lead actors Sampath Raj and Shruti Prakash are commendable. The two melody songs "Ee Manasu" and "Ee Parinama" shot in exotic locales in London are pleasing to the eyes and ears. Watch this movie to find out how life unfolds for this staunch believer in astrology. 
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For the fans of killer thrillers, Bhinna, an engaging mystery/horror is a must-watch. Bhinna is a ZEE5 Kannada Original movie televising sensitive portrayal of persons with mental illnesses. The lead actress Paayal Radhakrishna’s performance is the highlight of the film who played an aspiring actress obsessed with method acting. The plot beautifully reveals how the actress gets trapped by her hallucinations and life takes an unimagined turn for her. The background music sets the mood for this psychological thriller. An excellent movie all in all.
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Looking for a riot of laughter? Johnny Johnny Yes Papa is your bet. JJYP is a comedy entertainer which is the sequel to Johnny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam. The plot is all about a happy go lucky guy Johnny trying to impress upon his love interest while convincing her to change her mind about settling in the US. The lead actress Rachita Ram’s mesmerizing beauty would impress the younger lot of audience with her utter cuteness. The storyline might be predictable but the jokes would bring many LOL moments especially when watching with buddies. The neat cinematography is worth an applaud too. 
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My Autograph, a Kannada drama based movie, is a subtle attempt to recreate a common man's real life into reel life. The close-to-life scenes reach your heart and the character played by Sudeep makes you feel a strong connect to the storyline. The photography is quite humble yet spectacular. I personally loved that fact that the plot has been kept so unfeigned without any exaggeration The film genuinely sustains audience's interest till the last frame. Such films truly stand out from the crowd. 
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So hey cine buffs, watch out and delight yourselves with these Kannada movies until I bring on some more recommendations for you soon.
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