Susmita Sanyal, Kolkata, West Bengal: K-pop idols are known for their smooth moves and visuals on stage, but fans, who truly admire these idols, know that there’s a lot more than meets the eye. In reality, these K-idols are much more than their stage personas. It is their real-life image that is equally appreciable and needs discussion. To be honest, every passionate fan must have fallen in love with her/his idol once due to their kindness and good nature.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh: Much-loved boy band MONSTA X returned with their album Fantasia X on May 26, 2020. The eighth mini-album, which consists of seven powerful tracks, explores the themes of empowerment and perseverance. With Fantasia X, the members wish to create a place ruled by powerful emotions and help people realise their worth.
Suparna Mitra and Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Nowadays, citizens of every nation, especially the youth, are quite interested in Korean culture and entertainment. Youths in India are no exception. They are interested in the culture of the land and enjoy their music, dramas, and cuisine. But at the same time, Koreans are equally curious about India, and this is evident from various social media platforms where there is an exchange of thoughts and ideas between the citizens of the two nations.
Anushree Taparia, Hyderabad: Post Post Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, also known as Goblin, I was awestruck by the lead actor Gong Yoo, so I decided to watch his other works. This is how I chanced upon Coffee Prince, also known as The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, that aired way back in 2007. Based on a novel of the same by Lee Sun-mi, the drama stars Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye in the lead.
Vanshika Sharma, Haridwar, Uttarakhand: Eating the local cuisine is one of the best ways to experience a country’s culture. Like most cuisines around the world, traditional food helps in connecting generations and building memories & friendships. Traditional cuisine is the identity and the mirror of a country’s lifestyle, and sharing the home country food with others is the best way to show their love.
Sonali Sharma, Tezpur, Assam: Girl group MAMAMOO’s Ahn Hye-jin, better known by her stage name Hwasa, took the fans by surprise when she joined the original soundtrack lineup of SBS’s The King: Eternal Monarch and released her first-ever solo OST titled ‘Orbit’ on April 19, 2020.
Ashley Kumar, Delhi: Even if you don’t stan or don’t know much about second-generation K-pop groups, you would have definitely heard about Super Junior’s Kim Hee-chul. He is known as one of the main rappers in Super Junior and is a vocalist as well. He might be one of the quieter ones on stage, but when it comes to variety shows, Hee-chul conquers all. Even big professional comedians like Kang Ho-dong and Lee Soo-geun fail before his quick-witted and hilarious comebacks.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of South Korea and its culture across the world. One of the major reasons behind the same is Hallyu/Korean Wave, due to which the Korean entertainment and the tourism industry have observed a tremendous boom.
Pinki Sharma, Delhi: The Korean Culture is gaining popularity around the world not only because of its entertainment world but also because of its delicious cuisine. And when we talk about Korean food, the first thing that comes to our mind is Kimchi.
Abhipsha Rana, Kolkata, West Bengal: Extracurricular is a K-drama released on Netflix on April 29, 2020. The story revolves around the life of a high school student who gets steeped into the world of serious crime and illegal activities and starts living a double life while mitigating the crime world and high school.