Are you feeling bored staying at home due to coronavirus home quarantine? Due to the lock down situation – imposed by the Government to prevent Coronavirus outbreak – in the whole country, most of the offices, supermarkets restaurants, and other public places have been shut down. In this situation, you can hardly meet your friends. Even if you go out of home it might risk your life. For the safety of you and your family members you need to stay at quarantine for some more days otherwise you may get contaminated by the deadly COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus 2019. Now how to keep your mind engaged in the quarantine days! In this article we are going to review the Netflix series “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore”.
The soul enriching writings of Rabindranath Tagore ameliorated Bengali literature with contextual modernism. This polymath author was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. If you have read the novels of Tagore, and imagined the characters inside your mind, don’t miss the drama “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” created by renowned Indian director Director Anurag Basu. The 26 episodes of this series have been plotted through the adaptation of original stories written by Rabindranath Tagore. Translating the novels into drama, this Netflix series will also entertain those who have never read any writing of Rabindranath Tagore.
The Indian film director Anurag Basu is notorious for his unique stories and creative style of visual storytelling on the silver screen. Starting career as an assistant director in television serials Basu proved his talent in making versatile television shows under varied genres. After stepping his career in film direction Basu got huge applause from critics and audiences. With the Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Basu has made a memorable comeback to television after a huge gap.
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The ‘Stories By Rabindranath Tagore’ is composed of 26 episodes based upon 14 great stories by Tagore including Chokher Bali, Atithi, Charulata, Shasti, Nosto Neer, Tyaag, Monihara, Kabuliwala, Maanbhanjan, samapti, Detective, Chutti, etc. With the shade of his own talent the director Anurag Basu decodes the stories of Tagore into life-drama keeping the main themes almost unchanged. To narrate each story, the director assigns about two to three episodes. However, a few short stories have been covered in single episodes. Though each episode is 60 minutes long, you won’t feel it tedious. What makes these episodes highly entertaining is the showcase of unique background, authentic costumes of artists and atmosphere complying with each different story.
Watching “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” you will go back to the conservative society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The heartwarming Characters – like Binodini, Bihari, Tarapodo, Giribala, charulata, Fotik, Gokul, Kusum, and so on. – portrayed by Tagore can introduce you with the various dimensions of complex human nature comprising kindness, sanctimony, greed, revenge, love, lust, self-esteem, etc. Each character will make you rethink the true meaning of life through the lens of morality.
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In these stories Tagor shaded light upon the emotions, desires, dreams, and dignities of women which was never seen before in the concurrent subcontinent literature. For instance, in the story ‘Chokher Bali’ Binodini denies to sacrifice her lust even if being a widow. In another story ‘Maanbhanjan’, Giribala was neglected by her husband for Latika, a famous theater heroine. Instead of shading tears for her bad luck, Giribala starts a new life as an actress and eventually acquires the top-most position in media which was a long-cherished dream of Latika. Finally the revenge was taken gracefully. The way how Tagore spoke for women empowerment in his stories will leave you thrilled.
The stories of Tagore also reveal the thoughts, passions and dignities of women. In the story ‘Samapti’, the new bride Mrinmoyi questions the norms of society which imposes post-marital binding solely on women leaving men’s life same as before. Through the voice of Mrinmoyee Tagore questions is it really necessary for women to get married? In the story ‘Shasti’, Chandra becomes the scapegoat of patriarchal society. In the story ‘Dui Bon’, Tagore highlights two dimensions of women character. One woman character endows passionate romance and another woman character offers selfless love like a mother.
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Another amazing fact of this series is each story is linked with the next one in a natural flow of life. The technique of visual story-telling will not only amuse you, but also help you to understand the narratives in an easy manner. The show was filmed in a colossal set built in several locations of old Kolkata. Each story nicely demonstrates the cultural references, political situation, as well as social manifestations.
What is more? In each episode, you will enjoy some mind-blowing songs by Tagore which wonderfully blend with the respective theme of each story. Tagore’s Bengali songs have been re-created and tuned through the voices of notorious Indian singers including Shalmali Kholgade, Shaan, Arijit Singh, etc. on the whole “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” is must-watch drama which can make your quarantine entertaining.
A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchored his CNN show from his basement Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Via remote link, he interviewed Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, an emergency room nurse and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who expressed worry about one of Cuomo's symptoms.
"Brace yourself," Cuomo told viewers, "not for a hoax. But for the next few weeks of scary and painful realities. This is a fight. It's going to get worse. We're going to suffer."
Cuomo looked pale, his eyes watery and red-rimmed. He took a few deep breaths to compose himself. He repeated himself. Even Gupta said he didn't look good, and said he'd call later to talk about a tightness Cuomo was feeling in his chest.
The 49-year-old newsman, whose brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has logged just as much television airtime lately with daily briefings on how the disease is affecting his state, said earlier that he knew it was a matter of time because of how often he was exposed to people. He said he's staying in the basement of his Long Island home to protect himself from his wife and children.
The New York governor, who appeared with his brother on CNN by remote link the night before, also used the personal story to warn others during his press briefing Tuesday. He noted that he had scolded Chris for having their 88-year-old mother, Matilda, visiting Chris' home two weeks ago.
"It's my family, it's your family, it's all of our families," he said. "This virus is so insidious, and we have to keep that in mind."
Chris Cuomo said he thought his mom would be safer at his house than in her New York City apartment, but his brother persuaded him to have her stay at his sister's place in Westchester County.
Some competitors, including Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera of Fox News Channel, and Joy Reid and Ali Velshi of MSNBC, sent best wishes to Cuomo through social media Tuesday.
He said he appreciated the sympathy from well-wishers but tried to deflect it.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to keep doing the show," he said. "But who knows?"
One of the most unsettling things about the disease, he said, is hearing from doctors that there really isn't much he can do now except "suck it up."
"The best medicine is not to get it — prevention," he said in a pre-show discussion with colleague Anderson Cooper.
Most people who get the virus have mild to moderate symptoms and recover. But for older people, and those with underlying medical conditions, the disease can be dangerous. More than 3,000 people have died in the U.S. alone.
Andrew Cuomo, 62, and the CNN anchor are sons of the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, and that teasing big brother-little brother dynamic often enlivens their appearances together. The governor called him his best friend.
"He is going to be fine," he said. "He's young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks he is, but he will be fine."
Chris got a measure of revenge Tuesday night, referring to his brother as "Captain Banana Hands."
In your hectic days you might have a fantasy of taking a long vacation which you want to spend sitting on the couch ideally eating lots of snacks and watching your favorite TV series. The recent circumstance of coronavirus outbreak is forcing you to stay at home until the situation gets under control. Certainly you never expected such vacation, but still you have to accept the way it is! Now how to spend this home quarantine period without getting bored? Don’t worry! In the age of Netflix, you have lots of options to choose from. Blissfully Netflix has officially launched a bunch of highly enjoyable TV series in the early months of 2020, which worth watching in your quarantine with utmost fun. Read this article if you are looking for entertaining, thrilling and educative series in the streaming giant Netflix to watch during your home quarantine.
If you love watching TV series that resembles real-life experience of a real community, don’t miss Gentefied. Thanks to Netflix for allowing a community to tell its own story. What makes the Netflix’s new comedy Gentefied stand out from average TV series of entertainment industry is portraying the real scenario of the sprawling city Los Angeles. This series aims to spot light on how the influx of illegitimate money – mostly earned by the newer whiter residents – is pushing out the unique culture of Los Angeles.
Though the characters speak Latin from the beginning to end, you will enjoy every episode with English subtitles and some English dialogues. Gentefied represents a California neighborhood which is experiencing the initial impacts of the process of gentrification. In brief, the story line circulates around a Mexican-American family who are struggling to preserve their cultural identity while get going with the gentrification process. The three main characters are cousins inheriting Mexican-American origin. While living at Boyle Heights in Los Angeles for decades, those trios are chasing their American Dream. However, their dream is about to jeopardize their possessions including the family-owned taco shop, cultural identity own neighborhood, even if their immigrant grandfather.
Are you a crazy fan of thriller series? If yes, Netflix’s documentary miniseries ‘Killer inside: the Mind of Aaron Hernandez’ is must watch for you! The storyline is formed upon the life history of NFL star who was convicted for homicide. The documentary will take you back in 2013 to 2015 when Hernandez was facing trial and later proved guilty for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. The storyline also revisits the trial incidence for double homicide (Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu) in 2012 for which Hernandez was found not guilty. Hernandez got a life sentence in April 2015. But a few days later, he took his life in prison which was claimed as suicide.
Revealing some audio recordings from Hernandez’s prison life, including his personal phone calls to his daughter, mother, and lawyers, this documentary tries to portray Hernandez as a human apart his criminal offense. The Killer inside series also shades light over the vulnerable affect of football to human brain. The audience will also experience what it be like to live a secretive gay life in the NFL. Beyond the history of Hernandez, this documentary dares to question NFL culture.
The latest Netflix series ‘The Pharmacist’ directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, combines three different series in one platform. This documentary series starts portraying the murder incidence of Dan Jr., a young white man, who was trying to buy some cocaine in April 1999. Then the storyline jumps to the victim’s father Schneider, a pharmacist from New Orleans, who was frustrated by the noncooperation of the corrupt Police Department of New Orleans in investigating his oldest son’s murder case. The circumstances made the father find his own way to reach the killer.
In 1975, Schneider took the career of pharmacist to manage his family. The heroic attempts of the pharmacist Schneider erased the opioid – category of drugs related to heroin – crisis which was leading the youths of his community towards moral erosion. Portraying the currently growing drug issues of the country, ‘The Pharmacist’ appears as a praise-worthy documentary series which wraps up in four episodes.
What’s it like to be a baby? Certainly you can’t remember much of it. Babies are miracles to both parents and science. Have you ever give it a thought how those little helpless souls grow up day by day and turn into matured human kind. To fulfill your curiosities you can stream the latest documentary series titled ‘Babies’. This documentary series highlights little advancements of infants like how babies sleep, smile, take their first milk/food, learn to crawl, spell their first word, put their first steps, etc.
In this series, through some experiments Scientists show that Oxytocin level of both mother and father increases after post-birth period. These moments might seem natural which we all have experienced in and around our lives, but this documentary has made an attempt to film these incidents through the lens of science. Even if you are not a parent, ‘Babies’ series you can learn many life-changing lessons which can change your notion towards the concept of life, children, and parenting. If you are looking for an entertaining and educative TV series to watch during your home quarantine, let your remote choose the ‘Babies’.
Parenthood is based upon responsibilities which can scare many would-be and new parents. Watching the latest Netflix original documentary series ‘Babies’ this worry may lessen up to some point. Released on 21st February 2020, the innovative documentary series ‘Babies’ focuses on the small to big milestones of babies in their first year. This documentary presents a mind-blowing combination of the experience of new parents, attitudes of newborn babies and experiments of scientists. Here goes a review on this Netflix documentary series ‘Babies’.
Babies explore progressively through movements, speech patterns, physical growth, and cognitive developments. The ‘Babies’ series will show the chronicle of infant-life in six episodes – Love, First Food, Crawling, Sleep, First Word, and First Step – streaming through a one-hour duration each. Throughout the series, you will enjoy the parenting moments of 15 international families. Though the producer tried to show a worldwide scenario, most of the participating families are from the United States and United Kingdom region. In this documentary, families have been chosen from diverse races, which will give the viewers a great opportunity to experience the universal parenting struggles, thrills, and success.
‘Love’, the first episode of this documentary has nicely filmed the first moments when the mothers meet their newborn infants. In the quest of searching the reason for biological bonding between a baby and its parents, scientists have done researches. It is found that the Oxytocin hormone plays a miraculous role in developing emotional bonding between mother and baby during pregnancy and the post-child-birth period. The higher the level of Oxytocin, the stronger the bonding will be between the mother and her baby. The same hormone secretion was found even for fathers too.
The second episode ‘First Food’ highlights the breast-feeding struggles of the mothers combined with fascinating science experiments and extensive academic research across the globe. Did you ever imagine that the mother produces ‘bespoke’ milk for her child? Complying with the specific nutritional needs of individual babies, its birth mother can produce individual milk bespoke by nutrients and hormones. Streaming this documentary you can also learn about the increased amount of mother’s breast-milk production termed as ‘Daughter Effect’ upon human and animal kind. Watch this episode to know many more exciting facts about babies.
The third episode ‘Crawling’ experiments on how a baby starts to crawl on its own. In the mother’s womb, a baby can float freely but it starts to experience gravity since birth. A baby’s physical growth occurs in phases which strengthen its arms and legs. Usually, the head of a baby is bigger than its body. In this backdrop, the ‘Babies’ series focuses on the research on how a baby struggles in moving its body-parts towards forward during the attempt of crawling. Watching this episode, you can experience the real-life expressions and responses of a child while it tries to crawl without being concerned about whether or not it can make it.
Since the babies are born, respective parents wait eagerly to hear their first words. The ‘First Words’ episode highlights how babies enter into the flow of language and curve them up. Babies start expressing their emotions through different noises even before they learn to crawl. It is a miracle how the babies figure it out where the words start and end by capturing the sequence of sound. This episode describes the science how birds and human babies learn to imitate sounds. At the end of the first year of its life, a baby can crack the code of language and starts to speak the language in units. Babies can learn multiple languages in an easier way than adults.
Though Sleep is fundamental for a baby’s development, it is a great challenge to make a baby sleep throughout the night. Streaming the fifth episode ‘Sleep’, you will know some wonderful facts about the sleep of babies. The sleeping patterns of babies are also correlated wither their feeding time. Sleep deprivation of babies also affects their parents. On the screen, you will observe the painstaking effort of the participating mothers in breastfeeding their newborns being deprived of minimal sleep. This episode also shows some ‘sleep’ related researches which found that Babies' sleeping pattern is a combination of cycles including dreaming, waking up, twitching muscles, and going back to sleep again.
The final episode ‘First Step’ is based upon how babies struggle to start walking. This episode connects with some researchers regarding the muscle and bone development of babies which makes them able to walk. This documentary reveals that when babies try to walk, sometimes they fell on the floor. Then they try to stand up again without getting frustrated. It is no less than a miracle how a young human body stands up straight and takes its first step without any support. When a baby learns to walk freely, a new world of discovery gets open in front of it. The babies get pleasure in every step they make.
Overall the ‘Babies’ documentary series is a high-quality production if you can ignore some limitations in camera work. What makes this Netflix series more heart-touching is some real-life research endeavor. Each episode nicely correlates the attitudes of babies with research works – carried out by renowned scientists – in that particular field of study. We hope the ‘Babies’ series will make your quarantine period more enjoyable.
Oprah Winfrey's soon-to-be televised discussion about the controversial novel "American Dirt" is drawing scrutiny for not inviting some of the book's harshest Latino critics.
The talk show host organized her much-hyped conversation with author Jeanine Cummins on Thursday after inviting around 250 people to the Harkins Theatres Arizona Pavilions in southern Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reports. The crowd was then directed to another Tucson, Arizona, location and asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
The discussion will be the next episode in Winfrey's new Apple TV+ series Oprah's Book Club, which features personal conversations with authors in front of a live audience.
Details of the gathering were not known since the audience was banned from speaking about the event until after the show airs in March.
The novel about a Mexican mother and her young son fleeing to the U.S. border had been praised widely before its Jan. 21 release. But anger built over allegations the book relied on stereotypes, caricatures, and material similar to another Latino writer.
Latino critics also blasted promotions at book release parties that had floral art centerpieces with barbed wire mimicking the border wall.
Oprah chose the novel for her book club shortly after its release, drawing more anger from Latino critics.
In a video posted on Instagram following the criticism, Winfrey said she now realizes the book struck "an emotional chord" with Latinos and created a need for deeper conversation.
On Wednesday, the group #DignidadLiteraria posted an open letter to Winfrey on the site Literary Hub calling for deeper conversations about "the continued underrepresentation of (Latino) authors in publishing and in your highly influential book club."
The letter mentioned the Tucson event and called for a private meeting with Winfrey and their movement.
"We urge to you open your mind and heart to actual Latinos the way you have publicly declared you did to Jeanine's fictional characters," the letter read.
Writer Roberto Lovato, one of the signers of the letter, wrote on Twitter about not receiving an invitation to Winfrey's Tucson event.
"People are starting to enter @Oprah's 'all sides,' completely staged #AmericanDirt spectacle for @AppleTV in Tucson. Though we were not invited & though we r interested in talking re industry, not spectacles, she will be hearing from #DignidadLiteraria," he wrote.
The episode, which is set to debut in March, is the third installment of the series. The first two episodes were hour-long conversations with book club authors Ta-Nehisi Coates and Elizabeth Strout.