What Watching Black Mirror with My Boyfriend Taught Me About Love

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What Watching Black Mirror with My Boyfriend Taught Me About Love

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here are few better ways to wake up to a New Year than snuggling in with your boyfriend to watch a brand new episode of Black Mirror after a night of partying in Amritsar, aka Punjab’s party capital (translation: a few drinks at the Bar at Hyatt against the backdrop of “Chittiyan Kalaiyan”, watching stick-thin Punjabi boys doing bhangra on the road.) Watching our favourite dystopian drama series on the failings in humanity is something of a dating ritual between us, and we never break it by cheating – although he did watch one minute of “USS Callister” without me, which is a gross transgression by all definitions!

Anyway, we settled in with “Hang the DJ”. As we watched Amy and Frank working The System, we wondered if they’d rebel. We also wondered what the two of us would’ve done in that situation. Halfway into the episode, my boyfriend would explode into occasional rants: “Why the heck did he have to check the expiration date!” “My God, that woman is insufferable! And so cold, for leaving that easily!”

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