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A young woman who goes to Dubai as a household, and the rich Memsaab she works for. Both young women, but worlds apart. But are they really? You need to watch Pinky Memsaab on Netflix.
Pinky Memsaab is a Pakistani movie about a young, naive, pure at heart young girl Pinky who goes to Dubai to work for a rich Pakistani couple with a small child as a house help. She leaves behind a grieving frail mom, a failed marriage, and a loving but scheming uncle who needed her money for his family’s better life.
There are two worlds out there. The world of the house helps; vulnerable, susceptible, and lonely, who have left their family in their villages and are struggling to support them, and mostly being taken advantage of by their immediate family.
The driver, for example, beneath the veneer of a happy go lucky person with a false sense of bravado, shows his loneliness and longing to belong.
One of the touching scenes is a nervous Pinky playing with her hair speaking about how her inability to bear a child made her husband whom she was crazy about leave her. She has a smile on her face but her eyes are filled with pain. The house helps bond with each other over their real problems.
And then there is the life of the masters; beautiful and rich, having parties drenched in wine.
Pinky’s memsaab Meher is a beautiful woman who has a perfect body and a face to match. Her house is beautiful, she has a group of friends; the ladies who lunch and are rich like her with loads of free time on their hands. But Meher is always unhappy and caustic. She is a failed writer who aspires to be like Kamila Shamshie, and her successful husband though sympathetic, does not understand her need to write. Her character is well layered out – she is friendly with Pinky but it is clear that she is the Memsaab.
So the rich and poor are like East and West and never the twain can meet.
Then an incident happens, and both Memsaab /Meher’s and Pinky’s life change. Both struggle to fight their fate and carve their own identities.
Pinky Memsaab is a 2018 Urdu-language Pakistani drama film. It stars Hajra Yamin, Kiran Malik, Adnan Jaffar, Sunny Hinduja, Khalid Ahmed and Shamim Hilaly.
You can catch it on Netflix!
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I recommend reading Manjiri Indurkar's Origami Aai alongside her memoir to have a fulfilling and enriching experience of telling one's story with grace.
It’s All In Your Head, M famed author Manjiri Indurkar’s debut poetry collection, Origami Aai, is independent and yet an extension of her memoir in which she speaks with utmost grace about all forms of abuses that she has survived. In this book of intriguing and evocative poems, the poet weaves words to form images of the everyday life of her middle-class family, love found and lost, trauma, and healing.
The collection is divided into four segments, beginning with the family, slowly moving towards the world, and finally colliding them together.
We aren’t in mourning, but we are creatures of habit.
So we talk of each one who died of drowning,
and I listen to her stories with the patience
of a chronicler.
– Funereal Stories
When someone accuses you of "too much feminism", what they are really saying is, "I am uncomfortable with you challenging the status quo and disrupting my privilege".
Time and again, there is one phrase that keeps coming up in the social media discourse on feminism. Any guesses?
Ah, no prizes for guessing the infamous “itni bhi feminist” or “too much feminism” phrase, a classic eye-roller for me, and I am sure for many more of my tribe, in the realm of gender equality discussions.
Pray tell me, how can an ideology, a movement be too ‘much’? It’s not salt or the seasoning of your soup where you can go, “Oops, too much salt, only one spoon was required”. Either you stand for what feminism stands for, or you don’t.
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