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‘Viruses’ that can see you through lockdown


It’s the ninth-day of the countrywide lockdown. If you are itching to go out getting bored to death, locked at home, here are lists of some movies and books that can help you kill time and also tell why you better stay indoors. These ‘viruses’ in our literary and art world will surely make you feel less lonely.

1)Contagion: – Released in 2011, thisSteven Soderbergh film has an IMDb rating of 6.7.  Contagion tells the story of the fictional MEV-1 virus that originated from Hong Kong and became a pandemic in no time. With the major states of the United States sealing its borders for containing the spread of the virus to the frantic race for finding a cure-this movie shows it all. It is indeed uncanny how accurately it portrays today’s challenging times. It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

2)A Quiet Place: – Starring wife Emily Blunt, this John Krasinski movie was released in 2018. As a blind extraterrestrial creature that hunts by sound continues to listen carefully in order to get to its next prey, a family of four tries to survive by inventing new ways of outsmarting it. This suspense thriller is sure to keep you at the edge of your seats. It is currently streaming on Netflix.

3)Birdbox: – Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock navigates her way through a post apocalyptic world cursed by a mysterious force that kills whoever sees it. Directed by Susanne Bier, this film has a riveting storyline. Blindfold being their only weapon, a mother and two children must find their way to safety as dark powers continue to lure them throughout their journey. It is a Netflix original film released in 2018.

4. The Train to Busan:  Seok-woo and his daughter are on a train to Busan on the latter’s birthday to see his wife when a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea. What follows is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller.

Once you finish watching the aforementioned movies, you can pick up these books. All these books are available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle app.

1)The wrath and the dawn by Renee Ahdieh: – Published in2015, it is a retelling of the Arabian Nights. It tells the story of a young girl Shahrzad, lovingly called Shazi, who in order to avenge the death of a loved one, sets out on a mission to kill the Caliph Khalid only to realize later that she has fallen in love with him despite knowing that he marries a new woman every night only to execute them at sunrise. It is a beautiful story of the young adult genre and a must read during these trying times as it holds out hope even when there seems to be none.

2)A hundred little flames by Preeti Shenoy: – Ayan is 26 years old and is clearly unhappy now that he has been sent to live with his grandfather in a small village in Kerala. Leaving his corporate job and adjusting to village life is not easy. But was it necessary for Ayan to take a step back from his hectic lifestyle in order to contemplate?
Our world as we knew it has completely changed.  Our lifestyles have slowed down considerably. But amid this crisis, we must not forget to keep ‘A hundred little flames’ of hope alive in our hearts.

3)03:02 by Mainak Dhar: – It was 03:02 am-a Sunday morning in Mumbai. Everything appeared to be normal. When the electricity suddenly went off, people were quick to treat it as another ordinary power failure. But as time went by, it was clear that sinister forces were at play putting our nation in great danger. With all electrical circuits fried, even cars and mobile phones were out of order. Adapting to the ways of early men seemed to be the only chance at survival. Can mankind win such a war? Will man pass this cruel test of patience? Read 03:02 by Mainak Dhar to find out.

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