Thursday, October 07, 2021

My Mister Korean Drama

"Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films." - Director Bong Joon-ho said in his award acceptance speech. This totally sums up my experience with Korean Drama's. So thankful for Netflix in bringing these dramas for my viewing pleasure. 

If I love a movie or a drama - I tend to look up people associated with it - actors, directors, cinematographers etc and see other projects from them. So that is how I ended up with the serial "My Mister". I saw this amazing actress IU aka Lee Ji-eun in Hotel Del Luna and was so impressed by her. I will admit that it took me a few tries to see the first Episode of My Mister as I was seeing more of the Romance Dramas. But boy oh boy, after that first episode, I was hooked really bad and binge watched the serial.

(Picture Courtesy - NETFLIX)

This drama made me feel sad, hopeful, grateful and much more. You will fall in love with each of the characters, their relationships, conflicts and dynamics. The constant struggle to maintain a balance in life and the journey to find the inner peace and strength. Too much emotions are running through my head and I will try my level best to put it across as best as I can. 

The director has handled the relationship of the leads so well. He has depicted how a higher level of human relationship can exist between a man and woman with almost 2 decades of age difference without it being romantic. Lee Sun-kyun and Lee Ji-eun who play Park Dong-hoon and Lee Ji-an in the series have just done an outstanding job. Just like Ji-an's grandmother says - "If you think about it, all relationships are amazing and precious". That is exactly what this is. The raw-ness of humanity and how two people got saved because of each other is shown very well. 

The bond between the brothers, the bickering, the affection and the understanding. Neighborhood, family, friendship and even the morning soccer club. It is all relevant and needed. 

I had to look up "Jeong" because of this drama - one of Korean Cultural Values. As that is what this Drama taught me. Although jeong is better felt than put into words, the best way to describe it is a deep connection and emotional bond that builds over time and through shared experiences with other people, places, or things.

I am sure I can say so much more about this drama series. But maybe another time. For now, I will let you see it and please share your thoughts and comments on it.

Happy Thursday!!

Friday, August 07, 2020

"Hymn of Death"

Hello All, it has been a while since I posted on this blog. I have always been fan of Korean Drama and wanted to post my thoughts on this new Drama that I saw on Netflix.

(Picture Courtesy - NETFLIX)

"Hymn of Death" - An intense Korean mini series starring Lee Jong-Suk and Shin Hye-sun. It is one of the best Korean dramas I have seen in a long time. Emotionally Charged, it draws you in. For days after seeing it, I was still immersed in the despair, passion and love of the lead characters. Playwright Kim Woo-Jin and his love for Yun Sim-Deok, a talented Soprano set against a backdrop of Japanese occupied Korea, is what this drama is about. But to me it felt much more than that, it had intense longing and passion - towards country, towards writing, towards love. 

Lee Jung-Suk has just excelled in this role of Kim Woo-Jin. He is torn between his duties as a husband in his arranged marriage and between this fierce longing and love he feels towards the singer. It is a beautifully written tale of Love and does not drag on unnecessarily. You will notice that there are other people acting in this drama, but they all fall short in favor of the lead characters. Lee Jong-Suk especially stole the show as he displays the internal conflict so well. And as you go through the episodes, you can feel his turmoil as he struggles with what is expected from him and what his heart desires. And of course it helps that he looks devastatingly handsome in this three piece suit.

Shin Hye-Sun has shined in this drama. The Haughty singer, the helpless elder sister, the daughter who must make all the sacrifices for her family and her forbidden but unstoppable love for Woo-Jin. Her expressions of joy and sadness are so well done that you just absolutely get drawn in. She portrays a certain vulnerability in her character that I think is hard to do and she does it very gracefully. 

In the very first episode, Kim Woo-Jin will be reading a book by Takeo Arishima and the words are - “Watch, Watch how love takes from you. The moment you underestimate love as nothing but gentle strength, you have made a mistake. Love is something that you use to your advantage. To Love is to take unsparingly.” Sim-Deok walks in at that moment recognizing the author and she says she does not agree with the author. She says when you are in love it cannot be helped. To Love means give unsparingly no matter what. This was set well when the two lead characters meet and shows Sim-Deok’s passion and why she starts a relationship with Woo-Jin even after knowing he is married. Her enthusiasm for Woo-Jin’s writing, her encouragement that he write again, their comfortable silences when they meet - SIGH, it is all so poignant and so well written and of course so wonderfully enacted by Lee Jong-Suk and Shin Hye-Sun.

Hymn of Death is a romantic drama in essence, but the Japanese occupation of Korea plays an important role too. They have done a very good job balancing the history and romance part of it. It presents a story of a man and a woman who have been doing things to please and make sacrifices for their families when their own wishes are simple joys. He wants to write and she wants to sing. Living your life fiercely and joyfully does not need to be something Grand. Because more often than not, things that make us happy are simple things. Ending is something that I won’t comment on because whether I agree with it or not, maybe that is the way it needs to happen or that is the way it was. But overall, I absolutely loved this mini series and highly recommend it. 


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Snail Mail Love



February is the month of IncoWriMo......What is this?

It is International Correspondence Writing Month

The goal is to hand write a letter, a postcard, note or anything and send it - I mean mail it via snail mail to someone everyday in the month of February.

Sounds interesting does it not? It is always easy to send an email or text or a message via the different social media, but it is really nice and relaxing to take some time out of your busy day to sit down and write some one a handwritten letter. This one is a true win-win because you and the recipient are happy.



As you can see in this photo, I am using some Global Forever Stamps - for international mail and some limited edition forever stamps for local mailing. If there are some stamp collectors in my recipients, I am sure they will be happy.

Here is the website for InCoWriMo 2018. The signups are closed now. But you can find addresses of people who have already signed up in the address list and you can still send some one a post card or a letter. 

Who to write to - You can pick some addresses from the InCoWriMo website, or write to your friends and family. You can send a thank you note to your local congress person, or your pastor/priest or teachers. It can be anybody. Ideally, you would mail the letter, but if that person is somebody who you meet often, you can of course hand deliver the mail. 

What to write does not have to be a big deal - you can write just about anything. Write about your pet, your car, your hobbies, your town, your passion, about yourself. Write about a book you read or movie you saw - almost like a review. Tell people about your day, your week...protocol is to keep it upbeat and positive. Recipients will be happy to get a letter about almost any topic in the world. 

Ah the handwriting Dillemma - my advice is accept your handwriting for what it is, maybe writing more often will help you. Do the best you can, keep it as readable as you can and enjoy this part of letter writing too. It will help you practice your writing and give some rest from typing. 

Supplies - you hardly need anything fancy. Just any paper and pen will do. I am of course using my fountain pens and a clairefontane letter pad (which works well for fountain pens). But just a simple note on a cheap copy paper or any paper, or a store bought simple greeting card, anything will work. :)

Be unreasonable, do not give into reasons as to why you cannot do this. I firmly believe that writing forces you to focus, makes you think of things that are important to you, rekindle some of your passions/hobbies (now this might not sometimes be good on your wallet) and motivate you. I also think of it as some ME Time - relaxing and almost meditative. 

Hope to see some of you participate in InCoWriMo. And you can stick to your local country and not send anything international if you want to keep you postage costs low. 


Cheers and Happy Tuesday and happy upcoming Hump Day..

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Journey with Essential Oils



Essential Oils - It is a big thing here is USA and I had not really paid any attention to it. I am not big into jumping on these band wagons. I had seen my friend Terri use it several times. Then during my Realtor Classes, I fell sick with cold and cough and could not miss a class. So I tried Terri's Essential Oils. Basically I tried the Thieves oil (Put a few drops on my feet and rubbed my feet together and also tried RC for my breathing). It was like Miracle, where none of the medications had worked, the oils really worked for me. I was able to continue my classes without skipping a day. Terri was kind enough to make sure I had some Thieves oil for the next few day. I started feeling better right away. It took me a few more oils and few more experiments to convince me, but it did. I am now a big fan of Essential oils and very happy to have found them.

I think in our Hindu culture, we have always used Essential oils for natural health care, maybe not distilled and bottled. So, I think that I have just found my way back into roots with Essential oils. Being in oil form makes them more potent and easy to use and plus different parts of plants are used in extracting the oils improving the effectiveness.

I hope to share more of my EO experiences soon.

Thanks for stopping by,
Banu

Note: I have been mainly using Youngs Living Essential oils as that is what I got introduced to. But I have also used store bought and a few other. More on that soon.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Zurich Travelogue - Part1

Family get together in Zurich and I could not be more happier. This is the first time I am visiting Zurich. It is somewhat similar to other European Countries. Fashion is a bit more relaxed. Jeans are okay but not with Athletic shoes :) People are quite friendly even if you do not talk German.

Very fashionable place with all the designer stores as well as tons of Watch stores. Swatch of course but many others. Watch and Milk Products are in abundance and of great quality too.

Day 1 - I walked to Zurich Lake along Bahnhofstrasse . It was a fun walk. I had some expensive coffee and desert at Sprungli Bakery. Bought a Orange/Vodaphone SIM for my phone. YAY for me. Amma and Appa landed at night.

Day 2 - We went to Lake Zurich again with Amma and Appa, but we took the train all the way. It was nice. There was Saturday Thrift market going on and it was so much fun. We then came back home, had some lunch. Rested for a bit and then we went shopping to a Desi Store called Bharkat and also to the local grocery store called Coop. Got all kind of fruits and veggies.
It started Raining, so we cancelled our evening walk and we stayed home. Great day 2 so far.

Hoping for a good weather tomorrow.

More to come. Here are some pictures...

Lake Zurich - One View

Starting point of my walk - Zürich Hauptbahnhof - Main Station

 
A small church on the way in the Old Town. I did not go there.

My Expensive Coffee and desert at Sprungli Bakery

Bata Shoe store on my walk

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

One Little Word - Perseverance

This year I decided to follow Ali Edwards "One Little Word" idea. It spoke to me and as I read her Original Post on this and all the comments, it was just something that I felt that I needed to do.

I have been following Ali Edwards for a while now and love her ideas for Project Life :) So when she posted about the One Little word, that got me thinking. There were lot of words that came to my mind like - Re-Discover, Hope, Focus etc. I was almost going to chose Hope, but my cousin told me that Hope is something you had to have all the time without which life does not go on. So, I had to rethink my choice.

So I chose the next word that I kept thinking about - "Perseverance". This seemed to best define who I want to be this year and also where I want to be with some of my goals. I need to persevere to achieve my goals and to keep moving forward.

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.  ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life
 


Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  ~Newt Gingrich
So, here is to "Perseverance" in 2011...:)

Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment if you have a word for 2011, would love to hear about it.

Thanks and have a great Tuesday!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Authors on my Shelf

My friend Dee tagged me to list the 15 authors on my shelf. She said not to think too long and to list Fifteen authors (poets, and screen-writers not included) who will always stick with me.. So here we go in no specific order,

1. Georgette Heyer
2. Clive Cussler
3. Arthur Conan Doyle
4. J K Rowling
5. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
6. Ta Ra Su
7. Vasudhendra
8. Alistair MacLean
9. Paramahamsa Yogananda
10. James Herriot
11. Sidney Sheldon
12. Stephenie Meyer
13. Anton Chekov
14. Jeffery Archer
15. Sidney Sheldon

When I look at the list, I see a lot more fiction writers..but I guess I have always been a fiction reader :)

If I had some more spots, I would have loved to add Barbara Wood and Rick Riordan.

Have a good evening and it would be nice to hear your comments on this.