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Amazon Original Breathe: Why You Should Watch

Amazon Original Breathe

Amazon Original Breathe

TV Must Change!

5 years ago, Che and I gave up on TV, we realised we were not watching anything worthwhile, mostly we were surfing channels, killing time. However this move didn’t reduce our screen time, nah, but it did now become more quality screen time as we became selective about what we watched, even in what we binge watched.

Having access to content though isn’t enough, as most good content is non-Indian. I’ve grown up to Hum-Log, Nukkad, Hum Panch, Udaan, Malgudi Days and the like, and have longed for good, meaningful entertainment for many years, ever since Kyuki… So… Ofcourse I’m thrilled to see Amazon and the like investing in making a series of Indian ‘Original Series’.

Giants like Amazon investing in Originals in India, ups the ante, it makes for more varied quality entertainment, gives a lot of actors and artists more prospects and opportunities, and finally gives the Sony’s and Zee’s a run for their money and TRP’s. I’d like to see small production houses that have been creating great content on Youtube getting the backing of these big boys, I’d like to see them create more of their brand of content. We so so need good Indian entertainment!

Second Indian Amazon Original Breathe

Moving on, the second Indian Amazon Original Breathe has finished airing and I have thoughts on it, but lets start with a gist of the story.

Amazon Original Breathe

Amazon Original Breathe

Josh, a 6 year old with -AB negative blood has a congenital lung disease. He has 6 months to live unless he can get a transplant. However there are obstacles, Josh’s blood group is rare and he is 4th on the recipient list. His father Danny, who had promised his mother before she died to take care of their son, decides to take matters into his own hands and move his son up the ladder by killing donors.

Parallel Plot: Kabir Sawant, – an alcoholic cop, in the middle of a divorce and recovering from his daughter’s tragic death – starts to notice discrepancies in the deaths of citizens. He starts to investigate and as he tracks down the killer, he finds himself getting personally involved.

Anything more might be a spoiler…

Breathe Amazon Prime Original

Breathe Amazon Prime Original

My Two Paise…

Let’s start at the beginning. The core idea of Breathe itself is ludicrous. That a man killing so many people just to save his son makes for a good story, is plain silly. But let’s keep the unbelievable away for a bit…

Danny finds out that Josh is 4th of the recipient list, his reaction – start killing donors. But why not kill recipients? Wouldn’t they be the more acceptable deaths? Wouldn’t that move Josh up the ladder faster? Why kill absolutely healthy people?

Why does a cop notice deaths of regular people? Yes, there are irregularities, but really, in a city like Mumbai would these deaths standout? And would an alcoholic cop with severe emotional trauma be able to notice? Really? Are we saying alcohol promotes productivity?

That said, I watched Breathe right to the end, all 8 episodes. I had to know the end, would they do the cliched, would they end with the only societally acceptable proper way out? Breathe didn’t disappoint.

Watching 8 episodes wasn’t traumatic, frankly I quite enjoyed it. The series is strong, dark, hard and in your face. The ideas are ludicrous yes, but the series is entertaining and acting good, even if a little over done. The plot rolls out well and I found myself wanting to see the next part, each time an episode ended.

The story is unbelievable, I’d never do what Danny chose to, the idea wouldn’t even occur to me, the fact that it’s expressed in so much detail in Breathe disturbs me. I’d have chosen to live out what’s left to it’s fullest and go with a bang, and leave the recipient list to destiny. But, that wouldn’t make for a story and that’s the reason you should watch the Amazon Original Breathe.

We need more Original content that is Indian, we need more varied content, more intelligent content, series length that is tied by storylines and not TRP’s, stories that are relevant to our time and lives. That is why more people must watch Breathe, the Amazon Prime Original and share their views, for these series must be encouraged and supported. TV must change!

I’ve been strong with my words and expressions, so let me be clear, I’d give Breathe 3.5/5, a sure watch. The freedom of imagination is a crucial freedom, what may be ludicrous in my imagination world can be real in another’s. So, this world of Breathe could be real and when seen that way, this Amazon Original Series, Breathe is entertainment packed!

February 28, 2018   No Comments

Is Amazon trying to monopolise the book readers market?

Amazon seems to be getting very restrictive recently both towards authors and readers. It seems Amazon is trying to increase sales and monopolise the market by forcing authors and sites such as GoodReads to link only to them.

Amazon is forcing authors to restrict their books to only Amazon and I’ll talk about how they’re doing that in a few days.

With readers Amazon seems to be playing a different game. Its targeting sites like GoodReads that use the Amazon API for book data. The new terms of the Amazon API licensing agreement are very restrictive. Amazon requires that books on GoodReads link for sales only to No other book sites are allowed. The other requirement is that the API data not be used on mobile sites and apps.

This may not impact GoodReads but it impacts us readers. Amazon in simple words is saying we can buy only for them and no one else. That is an infringement on our freedom to choose. GoodReads has chosen to not give in to Amazon and instead move away to other data sources. This means we can continue to compare prices across bookstores. This also means that we can continue to use GoodReads both as a website and an app on the mobile.

Good work GoodReads!

GoodReads has sent out emails to users telling them about moving away from Amazon and asking for help with book details. Here the email I received.

“Dear Freya,

We want to let you know about a change on our site that is impacting some of the books on your shelves. It’s important that you read this and take action by Monday, January 30.

For years, we’ve used Amazon’s data for information such as the book title, author, and publication date. Unfortunately, the terms required by Amazon have now become so restrictive that we decided it makes better sense to work with other data sources. However, the deadline to make the transition is Amazon’s, and they have told us that we must stop using their data by January 30. We have to meet this deadline.

We’ve been adding data from other sources and now know which books still need help. You are receiving this email because we need new sources for 2 of the book on your shelves.

First, please be assured that none of your reviews or ratings are in danger. Not a single review, comment, shelving, or rating will be lost in this transition. We have a system in place to preserve your reviews and comments for any books at risk until we can find new sources. That’s the most important thing—your data is 100 percent safe.

What can you do? The good news is you can rescue your books. Saving a book is easy. Just click the “Rescue Me!” button next to each book edition that needs help, and fill in the information on the following page. A few keystrokes can help preserve these books for millions of future readers.

It takes only a few clicks, and you will be doing your part to make sure these books remain available for other readers like you. We appreciate the passion you bring to Goodreads, and we apologize for the short notice. If we could have prevented this inconvenience in any way, we would have done it. Ultimately, this change will be better for the members of Goodreads and long-term success of the site.

If you don’t want to rescue your books, you can also export your books to a spreadsheet so you have a record of them.

All the best,
Otis & Elizabeth
Goodreads Founders”

I rescued two books and am happy and proud to be a part of GoodReads. Amazon monopolizing the book market seems so like what publishers have done for ages; it should be stopped.

What do you think? Should Amazon be allowed to monopolise the book market? Have you help out with books on GoodReads? Do you support GoodReads?

January 30, 2012   No Comments