Sunday, August 13, 2017

Learning Dispatch - August 13th 2017 - On watching Master of None

This weekend I had a lot of free and I decided to binge watch Master of None.

Master of None is a comedy web-television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. It was released for streaming on Netflix in 2015. There are 2 seasons with 20 episodes.  IMDB describes the show as a comedy about the personal and professional life of Dev Shah, a 30 year old actor in New York. Without giving out any spoilers, I'd like to write about my experience watching this show. The characters reflected some of your own personal dilemmas. Dev felt what you feel on a daily basis living in a big city. Some themes the show dealt with include:

  • Being an ethnic minority
  • Being in a job you like and don't like
  • Finding time to meet my three best friends
  • Going on a date
  • Dealing with your parents expectations of you
  • Falling in Love 
  • Falling out of Love
  • Falling in Love again
  • Work pressure
  • What do you do in a big city on a free weekend
  • Taking time out to cook
  • Growing old

The show made me sympathize and empathize with Dev and his quest to bring balance and purpose to his personal and professional life. These were some dialogues that stayed with me from the show

1) "As you get older, the road ahead is more clear and you have less surprises and you see the path ahead.."
2) "At 30, you don't want to be messing around at this stage in your life.."
3) "I couldn't decide which fig to pluck. As I sat there the figs began to wrinkle and one by one they fell to the floor..."
4) "In any relationship, nobody is at a 100%. Sometimes it is at a 90 and sometimes it is at a 30..."

Why you must watch Master of None? It is great writing. It is good television. It is funny. It is heart warming. And by the of Season 2, you would like to be friends with Dev Shah and get to know him better. 

Thank you Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang! That was fun.

August 13th, 2017

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