The number of times this poor blog has been neglected and re-activated, I know not! The year since my last blog post has been memorable – not necessarily in the sense we wanted it to be… what with the raging global pandemic since January!
Besides work – professional and household, books, and old Hindi music, if there is one thing that has kept me great company, it has been my new found obsession and love for Korean drama and movies.
I first heard about “how awesome K-drama is” from Madhu when we met for lunch many many years ago. She was raving about some shows. I noted them down – for future viewing and then promptly forgot about them. Then again last year, a school friend went on and on about how she watched only K-drama. By this time, K-Pop (aka BTS, EXO) were also names I had encountered – thanks to a teenage music-obsessed nephew. And so it was, and I took the plunge and watched my first K-drama – The Lady in Dignity. That was followed by another, The Last Empress. And boy, before I even realised, I was hooked. A new obsession had begun.
Instead of watching re-runs of old Hindi movies, I was now scouring the net for more information on what serials to watch and discovered a whole new world in the process. And yes, Madhu and that school friend have been contacted regularly for more and recommendations. Thank you!
As for family and close friends, they are more than ready to pack me off to Korea – yes, the obsession had reached such a limit, where I started taking online classes to learn the language.
(pic credit – Channel Korea)
As is the case with the newly converted, I am probably more fanatical in my approach and have been evangelising about the cause and spreading the word. Anyone who has spoken to me the past 6-8 months have heard about how amazing and binge-worthy those shows are. And where once upon a time, the likes of Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand would get a mention, these days, the spot has been firmly taken by the likes of Ji Chang Wook and Joo Sang-Wook (they are two different stars – with different personalities – but similar names!)
Now, now, the purpose of this post is not to gush. But also to expand the scope of this nearly-defunct-now-again-revived blog – as in now, along with Hindi music/ movies and books (both of which have rarely been reviewed), I may also post about K-drama.
Ranging from fantasy (While You were Sleeping, Goblin) to time travel (Chicago Typewriter, Faith); historical romances (Love in the Moonlight) to modern day rom-coms (Her Private Life), the dramas offer an escape into a world vastly different from my own (and perhaps equally fantastical to even the common Korean).
With a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief, K-drama is perfect – especially in terms like this when the real world is riddled with challenges.
Dear readers (if there are any left – considering my tardiness at updating this blog), do watch these shows. You probably will hear more about them here!
9 thoughts on “Of new obsessions – K-drama”
This is really cute. I have to confess though I have struggled to watch anything on Netflix in the last couple of weeks. It’s funny how this pandemic has made me anti-tv rather than a binge watcher 😂
That was because you were a binge watcher before! :-P…..
You have opened a new world to me. I am quite interested. I have watched some Korean films on YT, courtesy Madhu’s recommendation. With ‘Parasite’ becoming a global craze one has natural respect for any creative work coming from Korea. Until a few years ago Pakistani, Turkish and Mexican drama/serials were an addiction in Indian households, with their run on several channels (Turkish/Mexican soap dubbed in Hindi). You have not guided us how do we get K-Drama.
Yay! 🙂 I usually watch these shows either on Netflix or on http://www.viki.com. Think there are some other sites as well – Kissasian; Dramafever: however I haven’t watched any shows on these sites. Happy viewing! I hope you enjoy K-drama as much as I have.
Yay! I have just begun watching My Sassy Girl yesterday. The movie version of this used to be a big hit, and it was (as far as I remember) the very first Korean movie I ever saw. The drama, which is set in the Joseon period, promises to be a good one too, though of course much more complex than the film.
Ooh, enjoy! 🙂 This series has been on my watch list but haven’t gotten to it yet. Currently watching Gong Yoo’s movies (The Crucible, Train to Busan, Age of Shadows).
Hehe. The only Gong Yoo movie I remember watching is Train to Busan, not my cup of tea. 😉
Have watched some Korean movies, and loved them. Will give K-drama a try too.
Yes, yes, please do. Will share a list of recommendations with you, Lij.