FUCHSIA knows you’re perplexed about what to do over the weekend. To rid you of ennui, we’ve got a list of recommendations that are sure to keep you occupied and entertained. Read on to find out what we’ve got for you this week!
FUCHSIA Recommends You Read – Rivals
Goodreads Rating: 3.1/5
Rivals by Saad Shafqat is a fast-paced story that pulls you in, especially if you’re a Karachiite. When a neurologist decides to write a thriller, we wonder where it’ll go. But this is not his first dabble with literature as Dr Saad Shafqat has authored books previously as well as served as an expert on ESPN. The characters in the book – Dr Tanya Shah, Dr Hammad and Zarak Afridi, are three-dimensional characters who have been described in full-bodied detail, almost like a coffee brewed to perfection.
The politics, personal frailties, ambitions and journeys of each collide at the Avicenna University Hospital and you wonder if you have, in fact, brushed shoulders with one or the other as you went about your business. Based on real-life characters? We’re not sure, but the narrative has pulled us in so far. We’re halfway through the read and would recommend the thriller for a breezy weekend read!
FUCHSIA Recommends You Listen To: The Ultimate Health Podcast
Rating on Apple Podcasts: 4.3/5
The Ultimate Health Podcast with Jesse Chappus features in-depth conversations with health and wellness leaders from around the world on topics such as lifestyle, nutrition, fitness, self-help, sleep, meditation, spirituality and so much more. The podcast assists you in taking your health to the next level and makes you more self-aware in the process.
Here are three life lessons we’ve learnt so far by tuning in to the podcast: 1) Break free of the illusion that you can’t do certain things such as making a big career switch, writing that book you’ve always wanted to, losing weight after childbirth, etc. Arm yourself with the skillset you need to make your dreams come true and soldier on! 2) Condition to think of yourself as already being successful, don’t let others’ perceptions shadow who you are meant to be and stop comparing yourself to other people and their achievements. Everyone has their own journey and you’re the one in charge of yours. 3) Failure means that you’re learning, so don’t be afraid to try something new because even if you don’t succeed you’ll learn more about yourself along the way. This is a win-win situation if you ask us!
FUCHSIA Recommends You Watch – The Finest Hours
IMDb Rating: 6.7/10
The Finest Hours is a 2016 film based on a true story of one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history of the crew of an oil tanker that split in half in one of the worst storms at the time. It is a story of resilience, daring bravery, courage and the need to believe that humanity comes first, above all else. If you’re on the lookout for an intense, thrilling, and inspiring human story with riveting performances, genuine storytelling and a narrative that you will want to watch play out till the end, this is it.
Bernie Webber played by Chris Pine drives the story forward with a performance that engages in a quiet, magnetic trance-like manner. Stand-out performances include Casey Affleck as Ray Sybert and Holliday Grainger as Miriam. The vintage feel of the frames adds a romantic air to the visuals and Holliday Grainger stuns as the young fiancée who challenges a traditional male-centric society to admit her in its midst. Lots going for this one. Grab the popcorn and go!
FUCHSIA Recommends You Binge – Malcolm In The Middle
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Your weekend calls for a smile, infact laugh-out-loud moments, as we recommend you binge-watch Malcolm in the Middle! The tv show is centred around Malcolm, a bright and intelligent boy who lives with his dysfunctional family while dealing with the troubles of being the middle child and a teenager. Not a lot of comedies achieve the same sense of warmth and laughter as Malcolm in the Middle does and it has the heart and the humour anyone could use in their lives, that too without a laugh track! ‘The humour feels so unique compared to many other family sitcom types of the past and present. It’s gross, loud, cynical, and sharp with its jokes. Some complain about Frankie Muniz’s acting being too flat or boring, but given the character he plays, I feel he’s perfect. This series always makes me laugh regardless of how many times I’ve seen it’, Dan Ragogna on IMDb.