Valentine’s Day can mean many different things – spending time with a loved one, reaffirming your love, spending time with yourself and more. With so many books, movies and web-series to choose from out there, narrowing down on a good list may be quite a task. Here is a handy list of recommendations by 5 successful women from a broad spectrum of fields – some downright mushy and some quirky!
India's first Mills & Boon author of the hugely best-selling Harlequin romance 'The Love Asana’
Watch or re-watch the Bollywood movie Queen, with Kangana Ranaut. Because you can never be ready for love until you’ve learned self-love. This V day give yourself time out and make a commitment to do it often. Life is short, learn to tell the frogs from the toads, the toads from the lizards, spot the prince/princess without the temporary masks. And put yourself first!
For a web-series Sex Education on Netflix. Watch it to unlearn everything you thought you knew. Love and chemistry is all very well and yay if it’s fantastic but... well shouldn’t you do everything you can to make a good thing better? This V day do things that make your partner ecstatic, by all means, but it had also better be about figuring out what you like too. This series will open your mind to discovering ways to make it better for yourself. Didn’t I just say, self-love first?
Many expressions of love
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For a movie, I'd suggest Mr. Holland's Opus. It's about a music teachers whose son is born deaf, how he deals with it, his wife who supports him no matter what, and the love his students and peers have for him. I'm getting goose-bumps thinking about the movie now, and it shows true love, passion and compassion. Everything Valentine's Day should actually be about.
On the other hand, I'd also suggest Deadpool. Sit with your loved one and laugh your bottom off. That would feel awesome! I especially love Ryan Reynolds and his dark humor when it comes to expressing his love for the wife and child! He is brilliant, in the movie, and as a person!
Love comes in Myriad Forms
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If I were to suggest a book for this Valentine’s Day, it would be, My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. This choice because perhaps the most gratifying relationship I have had is with food. The book is a lovely one with wonderful illustrations that tell a story, as well as outline recipes and what makes it unique is that it is a graphic novel.
And for a web-series I would suggest Russian Doll on Netflix. It’s about a woman who keeps dying and reliving the day, which also happens to be her 36th birthday. It is a dark look at people and relationships and what stands out is that at the end of the day, everybody needs any form of a relationship to live life. The series is not about the usual clichés associated with love – and is more about not being lonely than it is about mushy happiness.
For the Romantic in You
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I do have a soft spot for the intense and heartfelt Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts starrer Notting Hill. Breezy, funny and romantic, the movie is like a warm hug which never fails to pull my heart strings.
For the book, I would go back to reading the Bridges of Madison Country by American Writer Robert James Waller. This lyrically written story of reawakened love is deeply moving. The book has also been made into an amazing movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
When your partner means the world to you
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The movie P.S. I Love You. It’s an adaptation of a book by the same name. This movie is epitome of love for me. I laugh, I cry (like heaps) every time I watch it. It’s a reminder of saying it when it means the most, and showing love when it matters the most and a lesson in living for the now. It is about what we have and how we make it beautiful, for what we do now is our memory in our future. The movie is also about letting go while holding on.
Second movie I love is The Notebook which again is an adaptation of a book by the same name. This movie also pulls your heart strings and glorifies love in a grand way. It is about believing in love and holding onto it no matter what. The story starts from 1940s and runs through the lifetimes of the protagonists. “You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together,” says the character Noah to Allie. It is something we all want to hear for ourselves.
If you are looking for a handy list of movie, books or web-series to spend Valentine's Day with (and your partner of course), here is what 5 women recommend
By: Ruth Dsouza Prabhu