By Staff writer

TV Series:

Kosem Sultan

A spin off to the most popular Turkish drama to grace Pakistani television screens, A Magnificent Century or, as it is known here, Mera Sultan, Kosem Sultan is set 37 years after the death of Suleiman the Magnificent and recounts the life of Mahpeyker Kosem Sultan, a female rule of the Ottoman Empire through her sons and grandson.

Kosem Sultan comes to the Ottoman harem of Sultan Ahmed I as a slave and ends up becoming one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history, even counting Hurrem Sultan, the clever wife of Suleiman the Magnificient.

This show brings with it the same grandeur, beautiful period setting and costumes of the afore mentioned Mera Sultan, and once again highlights the powerful women of the Ottoman Harem.

A must watch for all history buffs or anyone who likes to see shows about strong women in power.


Battle of the Sexes

Based on true events, this movie takes a look at the most watched televised sporting event in history—the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).

A symbolic face-off about gender-equality, the match brought the media spotlight on the two players but beyond the court both fought more complex battles. King, encouraged by her husband to fight for equal pay, was also coming to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his reputation in a bid to relive past glories.

Also starring Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming and Bill Pullman, the film shines a light on the match that sparked a global conversation on gender rights, a conversation that is still as relevant today.


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Mountain Berries & Dessert Spice

—by Sumayya Usmani

All foodies will want to get their hands on this book written by Sumayya Usmani, a Pakistani food writer and cookery teacher. The book introduces home cooks to Pakistani desserts and their unique significance in our country’s culture and traditions.

The 70 recipes are sourced from all over Pakistan, ranging from the foothills of the Hindu Kush (where berries and fruits are the main ingredients) through the fertile Punjab where rice and grains are the mainstay of the desserts to the Arabian Sea in the South where saffron and cardamom flavoured desserts are most favoured.

With desserts for every occasion and all taste buds, and a pinch of historical knowledge thrown in, this book is a must have for anyone with an interest in all things FOOD.


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