Welcome to the Oppy’s newest column! Every month, Oppy Recommends will bring you media recommendations across different spheres – music, books, films, TV shows and more. Watch this space to find your next obsession, endorsed by the cultural savants on our lovely board.
TV Show: Crash Landing on You
Where to watch it: Netflix
Why we love it: This show is a Korean drama that will change you. I am obsessed with it. The story keeps you engaged and is fast moving. One of the best shows I have watched recently. It is a combination of romance, action, and thriller. After meeting Captain Ri, your expectations from your significant other will also change for the better. He sets the standard for who we should all be dating.
TV Show: For All Mankind
Where to watch it: Apple TV+
Why we love it: Alternate history, nail-biting space adventures, compelling interpersonal drama – what’s not to love!
Honorary mention: The new season of the Great British Baking Show (Netflix) – feels like a warm hug after a long day, but maybe don’t watch when you’re hungry!
TV Show: Industry
Where to watch it: HBO Max
Why we love it: Amazing show capturing trades, desk and client operation in a thrilling way!
Book: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Why we love it: In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week – A lot of this book resonated with me deeply, and one of the things I loved about the book is how intimately we get to know each of the characters, and that’s perfect for a book about therapy. I felt this book had some incredible accounts of what it is like to be in therapy, and goes a long way in de-stigmatising or dispelling the myths surrounding it.
Book: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh by Shrayana Bhattacharya
Why we love it: This book weaves an interesting narrative about women in modern India, who navigate complex societal pressures and changing employment opportunities; while dreaming of the perfect man – Shah Rukh Khan. (one of Bollywood’s most famous actors) As a huge SRK fan, I loved the nostalgia the book indulged in and enjoyed getting a sneak peek into the lives of fascinating women from different segments of Indian society. Shrayana Bhattacharya effortlessly combines statistics, sociology, fandom and emotion to tell a riveting story. Highly recommend!
Musical Artist: Omar Apollo
Why we love him: Omar Apollo and anything he makes. Very Frank Ocean influenced, voice like velvet, lyrics like love and heartbreak transcending. You should watch his Tiny Desk Concert on YouTube too.