Sunday, June 21, 2020

Lockdown Diaries - #ShareTheLoad

Mom, why did Coronavirus come?

Asks my 5 year old son.

Inquisitive, curious minds, answers are a must.

I say, the virus has come to teach us, son.

Teach us what, mom?

Teach us some important lessons, beta.

Give me an example mom.

Hmm, the virus has made me work from home.

Thanks to that, I get to spend more time with you,

And watch you grow, nourish & thrive!

Yes mom, I love that you’re home!

What else has the virus taught us mom?

Look at dadaji beta, what is he doing?

Mom, he is dusting & sweeping the floor.

Was he doing that before, son?

No, mom! The virus must have taught him so!

Yes! I think so too!

Now look at your dad, what is he doing?

He’s cooking yummy fried rice today mom!

Will you have some?

Of-course beta, I would love that!

The lockdown has made us enjoy so many dishes made at home!

What else has the virus taught us mom?

Well, beta, what did you help me with today morning?

Today morning? I helped you do the laundry!

Yes! You helped me put the clothes in the machine,

And you helped me put them to dry!

I quite enjoyed it mom! We should do it even when the virus has gone!

Certainly, beta! I’d like that too!

Wow mom, the virus has taught us so many things!

Maybe, it is not that bad after all!

Hahahaha! My innocent one!

I’m not sure if the virus is good, 

But the time we’re spending together at home, sharing the load, is surely wonderful!

Hope you enjoyed this little attempt at me jotting down my lockdown diaries. In-fact, not just at my home, even at my parent's home everyone is helping each other, my dad is helping in the kitchen, helping with laundry and making sure my mom doesn't have to do everything alone! Sharing the load has always been important, but with no access to help from outside, family's got to help each other! 

In the beginning it was really tough, I could not wait for my helping aid to be back. But I'll be honest, with 3+ months of lockdown I have gotten used to the routine and doing everything, with chores divided - we are in a set routine!

#ShareTheLoad #ShareTheLaundry #ShareChoresMultiplyLove

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Reasons you should watch these drama movies

Though I mostly watch English or Hindi movies, sometimes I like to get out of these and try different languages - Korean, Spanish, Telugu or Malayalam movies. The rawness of some movies and stories sometimes touch you and impact you much more than the commercial big-banner movies!

Thanks to a couple of close Malayalee friends, I learnt quite a few Malayalee words and then they’re always are subtitles to help me decipher and understand!

ZEE5 has many free Malayalam and Malayalam dubbed movies to watch, like Carbon, Company, Salute and many more. By free it means you do not need to have a paid subscription, unlike most other OTT platforms. Isn’t that just great?

You can also explore many premium Malayalam movies in the paid version of ZEE5.
From romcoms to adventure thrillers, here is a list of the best rewatchable Free Malayalam movies to watch while you stay indoors in the lockdown!

#1 Kadam Kadha
Directed by new-comer Senthil Raj, Kadam Kadha featuring Joju George and Vinay Fort is one of the best comedies to come out in the Malayalam industry recently. The movie tells the quirky tale of two friends Giri and Cleetus who follows a trail of big money to solve all their problems. The movie also features memorable performances from comedy veterans like Ranji Panicker, Saiju Kurup and Sinoj Varghese. With quirky story-telling and memorable on-screen performances, Kadam Kadha is sure to be a fun watch for you and your family while staying indoors.

#2 Prathi Poovankozhi
Featuring Manju Warrier and Saiju Kurup in lead roles, Prathi Poovankozhi, directed by Rosshan Andrews tells the inspiring tale of a young woman’s search for justice, despite the many obstacles on her way. The movie tells the story of Madhuri, a salesgirl in a textile shop essayed brilliantly on-screen by Manju Warrier, who gets assaulted on a bus by a market place goon Antappan, played by Rosshan Andrews. The movie with enthralling sequences is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats while you follow Madhuri’s search for justice.

#3 Thattumpurath Achuthan
Nothing like a Lal Jose movie to uplift your mood while staying indoors! Featuring youth icon Kunchako Bobban, Thattumpurath Achuthan tells the quirky tale of Achuthan setting out on a mission to help a young girl and her family. The feel-good movie with a social message also features amazing performances from Hareesh Kanaran and Sravana. If you are looking for a carefree laugh with your family, you shouldn’t miss the quirky incidents from Thattumpurath Achuthan.

#4 Kalki
Directed by newcomer Praveen Prabhakaran, Kalki tells us the story of Nanjankode, a village destroyed by political turmoil. The police force is incompetent as goons reign over the village and the situation is worsened after the death of a police inspector. Featuring Tovino Thomas in his first-ever police avatar, Kalki is sure to give you all the thrills of a superhero flick as Inspector K steps into put law and order back in place. If you are a lover of adrenaline-pumping action flicks, you shouldn’t miss Kalki for its enthralling action scenes and mass appeal one-liners.

#5 Ira
The nail-biting police thriller directed by Saiju S takes the viewers on a thrill-ride when inspector Rajeev is assigned to the murder mystery of a politician. The process of investigation leads Rajeev to Vaigha, who is in disguise to help the tribal families. An intense tale of crime unfolds as Rajeev and Vaigha connect the dots to find the real culprit behind the scenes. Featuring powerful performances from Unni Mukundan, Miya George and Gokul Suresh in the lead role, Ira with its sudden twists and turns is the perfect investigation drama to watch while staying indoors.

These movies, like most Malayalee movies, are cultural, made for movie enthusiasts and not masses, 

In-fact there is so much content in so many languages, that you will not get bored at all! Some other movies and series I have enjoyed on ZEE5 are - Mentalhood which is all about being a mom, Ghoomketu - the latest movie starring Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Dream Girl and more.

Users can access the entire ZEE5 content library on 5 screens simultaneously. Get ZEE5 subscription today and enjoy binge-watching.