“There’s a TV show for that” | India Development Review
April 15, 2019

“There’s a TV show for that”

With Netflix and Amazon Prime churning out more shows than you could ever possibly watch, we decided to shortlist a few for you, depending on your mood after a long day of work.

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You are in the middle of an existential crisis, where you’re questioning your worth and life’s choices while bargaining for Rs 10 with the vegetable vendor, again. Nothing can cheer you up.

Watch Made in Heaven to see what the other side looks like—the absurd problems of the ultra-wealthy in Delhi. And console yourself about the fact that if Tara’s dreams could come true, you too, might someday find a rich partner who can afford to buy vegetables without bargaining.


Your organisation just ran out of funding (yes, again). You’re feeling incompetent, desperate and alone, and want nothing more than to watch rich people’s ‘struggles’ so that you can feel superior, even if only in the most superficial of ways.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is the show for you. Trust us, you’ll definitely feel better about yourself.


Your organisation has grown 4x in eight months, and your anxiety about not having control over anything is making you long for a simpler time, when people got along, got paid, and got free beer on Fridays (sometimes).

Watch That 70s Show for some good old nostalgia.

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Everyone’s talking politics. You feel helpless and hopeless about our current political situation, and want to make yourself feel better about India, even though you know any such attempts will be fleeting at best.

Watch Narcos for a riveting glimpse into how bad things can actually get. Yes, other countries have also had it bad. And hey, at least ours isn’t being run by a murderous drug lord…yet.


You just came back from a board meeting (or donor meeting, or any meeting really) and need to mentally check out. There’s no shame in that, we have all been there.

Watch The Real Housewives for some mindless, out of touch with reality entertainment.


You’ve just returned to the workforce after having a kid, and no one takes your ambition seriously.

Watch Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and channel your inner Midge as you slay expectations, one Evidence Gap Map at a time.


It’s not enough that your whole career is about trying to solve big, complex problems. You find yourself still wanting more. You want situations that get your adrenaline going and really challenge you.

Watch How to Get Away with Murder. Who are we kidding though, there’s nothing as challenging as creating social change.


Work stress is slowly crushing your soul. Your donors are slowly crushing your will to live.

Watch The Office and live out your work life vicariously—in an office where no work happens, the boss is an absolute joke, and people play pranks on each other to survive the mind-numbing boredom.

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You’re secretly a power-hungry megalomaniac, but since all ‘social sector types’ look out for each other and do what’s best for the greater good, you need an outlet for your true colours to shine.

Watch House of Cards for your daily dose of cutthroat corruption, malice, and tyranny.


You want to suck up to your new boss, but you know nothing about her. The sooner you can understand what makes her tick, the better your chances of impressing her (and, erm, weeding out the competition).

Watch Sherlock, take copious notes, and you will become a Master Deductionist overnight. Trust us, we speak from experience.


You have been waiting for this for two years. Episode 1, Season 8 is finally out. How you will feel about the rest of your year hangs in the balance—will Jon Snow end up on the throne or become the next Night King?

Stop reading this and go Watch Game of Thrones. Go! But remember, nobody likes spoilers.

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Ayesha Marfatia

Ayesha Marfatia was previously an editorial associate at India Development Review. At IDR, in addition to writing, editing, and handling research-driven reports, she also supported the team with website management and digital marketing. Her work has been featured on The Wire, Scroll.in, and Quartz India. Ayesha holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

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Rachita Vora

Rachita is co-founder and director at IDR. Before this, she led the Dasra Girl Alliance, an INR 250 crore multi-stakeholder platform that sought to improve maternal, adolescent and child health outcomes in India. She has over a decade of experience, having led teams in the areas of financial inclusion, public health and CSR, and functions across strategy, business development, and communications. Rachita has an MBA from Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a BA in History from Yale University.