Korean Cultural Festival 2016

It all started when I when I was walking down the corridors of my college and suddenly decided to check out the notice board. I don’t know why. I never look at the notice board but that day I just randomly looked at it. I think my heart was about to explode out of my chest when I my eyes landed on a poster. My first reaction was to take a picture of it and12697115_971976156212198_4365780142144847404_o then after that I grinned all the way while I was walking towards my class. I found myself wishing that 20th Feb would come soon.

I had missed the 2015 Korean Festival held in November because it was smack between my exams. But there was no way in hell I was going to miss this one! I told my friends about who are also K-pop fans and they were excited as well but when I asked them this friday if they were coming, they all backed out. I couldn’t fathom WHY anybody would want to not go!! But, god bless my ever available childhood friends who agreed to go with me in an instant. And thankfully one of my childhood friends is also a crazy k-pop fan like me.

Honestly I was surprised when I found out it was being organised by the Delhi University Korean Students Union. Like i had NO idea that there were Korean students here. But as I entered the college today, I heard someone IMG_20160220_193234answer there phone and go “Yeoboseyo” I cant even explain my reaction at hearing that. Like gosh I think i died. My friends were telling me to calm the fuck down. I thought I was in mini-korea with korean music blaring through the speakers, Korean people around and Korean food. I was literally in la-la land!

I had never had Korean food before so I was pretty excited to try it for the first time. I saw that they were selling Kimbap and that was the first thing I tried. Sadly, after the first bite I realized that Korean food was definitely NOT for me. I also ate kimchi, chicken pop, rice cakes (which i liked) and this Korean ice cream (I don’t remember what its called). I was really looking forward to the food but man, its just not for me.

I also got my name written in Korean! Aaaand best of all, I tried on a Hanbok!! That was soo exciting! And surprisingly, I didnt look that bad in it ūüėõ

I had a really amazing time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend the movie screening and the k-pop contest. But nonetheless, I was in my happy place. Hoping for more amazing days like this to come.

My New Love- Korean Dramas

keep-calm-and-watch-kdrama-14I haven’t read a YA book in a while. Well..i have but none that made me go “WOAH! I NEED MORE”

What I HAVE been doing for the past 5-6 months (If anyone out there is interested to know :P) is watch K-dramas like my life depends on it.

Let me give you a little back story.

It all started with this anime i watched last summer called Hana Yori Dango. After watching the first episode, i knew i was a goner. It was love at first site!! I knew nothing would EVER be the same again. Why? Well, you really have to watch that anime to find out for yourself. Usually, the main female lead in an anime is a submissive, weak, clueless girl. But this chick¬†Makino Tsukushi was absolutely BADASS. She didn’t shy away from screaming, hitting and putting¬†Doumyouji¬†Tsukasa, the insensitive rich jerk who bullied the weak in his rightful place.

After the series had ended, i felt a deep void. I had no idea what to do next. Naturally i watched more anime but I just couldn’t get Hana Yori Dango out of my head.

After joining college, a new mate of mine told me that Hana yori dango had a Korean live action adaptation called Boys Over Flowers which I was aware of since I was a huge fan of the anime. But according to her, this show was “filled with awesomeness” and “boys to drool over”.

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Look how gorgeous they all are!!! ‚̧

After much deliberation, i decided to give it a try and dear lord, she was absolutely right. Watching Boys over Flowers was an absolute joy ride. I was so happy to see my most beloved characters come to life and Lee Min Ho’s portrayal of Tsukasa was on point.

Naturally, I couldn’t just leave it at that. I watched some of the more popular Korean Dramas such as Goong, You’re Beautiful, The Heirs just to name a few and then moved on to more recent dramas like Pinocchio, She Was Pretty, Reply 1988 etc.

I had been aware of how K-pop and Kdramas were gaining popularity outside of Korea but i never understood why until i began watching dramas and listening to K-pop. Apart from having adorable men and women as main leads, the stories themselves are such that you will inadvertently be able to relate to them. As an Indian teenager, i realized that i was able to connect with with the Korean teenager I was watching on my screen because the problems that we were facing weren’t very different. Korean shows also have a 16 to 20 episode format. It doesn’t have season and after season so its almost like a book. It has a definitive beginning, middle and an end. So basically you obsess with the show for 3-4 months and then you move on to another.

You would think that the language barrier would be a problem but there are dedicated people out there who work hard to make English subtitles so that people like me could watch the shows religiously without worrying about language problems.

My parents, brother and a lot of people don’t understand why I love Korean music and dramas so much. They think that its strange that i like it so much but these are the same people who love watching western TV shows and movies. One would argue that there is no language problem but the truth is that in our obsession with Western¬†TV shows, movies and music, we tend to overlook what Asia has to offer.¬†I was one of these people but im glad that I’ve begun to branch out. Overlooking the language barrier, one would realize that we aren’t very different from each other. We go through similar problems and have similar experiences regardless of which part of the world we live in.

So, my love for K-dramas will never fade but I’m going to try and read some YA books too. Cause i started this blog so I better see it through. So cheers to that and happy reading!