The blue orchid in Little Women

My initial guess was that it was left as a name card of the assassin. Did you have the same thought too?

As the story progressed, I began to think it could serve as a biological weapon. Apart from its hallucinogenic and trance-like effect, the flower may have hypnotic properties that cause the ‘sniffers’ to obey the commands of the perpetrator. Having said that, there must be an antidote to hinder such effects on the culprit him/herself. Yup, I was absorbed into that idea a lot.

I have to mention that this story gave The Village vibes as well with their elaborate, collaborative yet full of conspiracy plan. The difference is that the Jeongran Society wanted to rule the world instead of cooping in their own societal order. Turns out it’s a symbol of loyalty. Total subconjugance to the leader and the objective. Although I still have trouble understanding who the leader of the society is. Is it the mayoral candidate or is he just a puppet of his wife, who was not chosen unanimously because she’s a maniac? I mean who gets to make the decision that it is your time to die for The Cause?

Now that I know the significance of the blue orchid, I have to find out if this blue orchid is real after all.

Netflix – Thai cave rescue

I allowed my son to one episode of this drama daily, on school nights. This incident really caught my attention when it happened back in 2018. I had a lot of Masyaallah & SubhanAllah moments. Who would have thought of such things as cave mapping and cave diving? And this niche is explored by those who have the means to do so. The ones blessed with brains, money and time.

And what are the odds of having an anaesthetist who scuba dives in caves too, huh?

It was divine intervention for the rescue divers being able to locate the boys amidst the murky water and many chambers in the cave. And that there were experts available at the right time to give assistance. This rescue mission had a lot of learning points.

About forces of nature, technology, medicine and just human beings’ behaviour in general. I heard that the documentary was equally good. But I will give way to another Netflix series. Maybe Dahmer.

Current picks on Netflix

It’s been a while since I enjoyed movies from India. Lately, Netflix has been airing really good movies and I am giving a thumbs up to these 2 movies.

1. Gangubai

This movie narrates the hardship of Gangubai as she paves her way from a low-tier prostitute to a prominent figure in the ‘industry’. Putting the moral issues aside, I understand her desire of wanting to legalize prostitution. Although legal means bounded by rules and regulations, legal also means access to the same resources that other mainstream industries can get. In the Gangubai context, it will mean equal access to healthcare, education, housing areas etc. This lady has a point.

Ajay Devgan made a cameo appearance in the movie.

2. RRR

This is a fictional story about the Indian revolution. It has Bahubali’s elements in it when it comes to fighting scenes and the athletic abilities of the actors. There were cringeworthy moments but it was a very cinematic, phenomenal piece. Guess what, Ajay Devgan was also in the movie.

Juvenile Justice

There is not an ounce of demonstrable joy in this short K-series. Yes, you do get some sort of relief when justice is served but there is no funny moment. This is a very DARK and HEART THUGGING story. It was aired on Netflix and I finished it in one day. Accompanied by 1 litre of tears, a swollen face and dehydrated eyes (if there is such a thing).

Spoiler ahead

There were stories of murder, domestic abuse, leaked exam papers, theft and gang rape. The conclusion I got from this, which correlates with what I learned in Adolescent Psychology is that parenting style has a great influence on adolescent growth and development. That it takes a village to raise a child. That if the child could not be reprimanded by their family, teachers or other adults – then the responsibility falls on the court. The law and order. Poverty, marital discord, negative peer pressure all plays a part but as Judge Sim puts it.. not everyone commits a crime when push becomes shove. A crime is still crime. Killing is still wrong no matter what pathological spin you put to it. I realized that juveniles are very cunning too.

A case involving a juvenile makes them both a perpetrator and a victim. There is a dilemma of wanting to punish them but also rehabilitate them. Biologically, they still need the opportunity to change. It is hoped that the cognitive and emotional processes that drove them to commit the crime could be rewired, and reformulated to become better people. I have seen the juveniles in our local Henry Gurney School during one of my vaccination outreach programmes. It did make me wonder, what did they do for they looked so innocent face to face. I was so glad I had my mask on due to the pandemic.

When I watched the series, I was crying buckets. I don’t know how the talents could keep their composure while filming the scenes. And the crime the kids commit was just horrible. Some had no signs of remorse which was worse. As a parent watching this, it reminded me to be more aware of our children’s needs as they grow up. Every word we say, as adults, can make or break them. The juveniles in this story did what they did, mostly because they wanted attention. They yearned for affection without being consciously aware of it. The hard-core villains started in early adolescent years and when the court failed to educate them on the consequences of harming other people, they grow up as chronic delinquents as they purely believe that what they did was not serious at all, not wrong and that the law is a joke.