Ashley Kumar, Delhi: I have been a K-pop enthusiast for years, but I had never dreamt that I would see K-pop artists perform live in my country. But this dream came true when VAV came to India for a series of concerts and fan meets starting May 31, 2019.
Yashi Priya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Bangtan Sonyeondan, widely popular as BTS, is a seven-member boy band from South Korea that debuted in 2013 with their lead single ‘No More Dream’ from the album 2 Cool 4 Skool. The artists were under Big Hit Entertainment, a small company with humble beginnings. As the name of the group suggests, the septet desire “to be resistant to bullets, so it means to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that are aimed at the adolescents like bullets, to preserve the values and ideal of today’s adolescents.”
Riya Choudhary, Delhi: Tune in for Love, formerly known as “Yoo Yeol’s Music Album”, is a South Korean romantic movie, released in 2019, that portrayed how love matures over the years as the couple meet, part, and meet again owing to their circumstances. The movie has Jung Hae-in and Kim Go-eun starring as the main leads and is directed by Jung Ji-Woo. This movie is a beautiful ode to the era of the 1990s, as the story is set in that time period.
Prianka Chaudhary, Delhi: The first time I wanted to have Instant Coffee was during my internship at a hospital where we would not get enough time to make coffee with a perfect blend. I personally used to prefer homemade coffee but still, no brand had ever tasted good enough for me.
Mehak Sharma, Delhi: Boy group INFINITE made their comeback as OT6 on January 8, 2018, with their third studio album titled Top Seed. The long-awaited and highly anticipated comeback came after Lee Ho-dong, better known as Hoya, left the group in 2017, and Kim Sung-kyu recovered from his injury. The album consists of 12 tracks with ‘Tell Me’ being the title track.
Sakina Mustansir, Hyderabad, Telangana: BTS member Park Ji-min, better known as Jimin, released ‘Promise’ (약속) on December 31, 2018, on SoundCloud. Composed along with Slow Rabbit, it is an acoustic song with soft music, complemented by the angelic voice of Jimin. This is one of those songs that genuinely suits him and brings out the softness in his voice in a special way.
Nehal Tambe, Mumbai, Maharashtra: The makeup and cosmetic industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. Makeup is a form of art with diverse and unique interpretations and perceptions to it that differs from person to person. There is no limitation to creativity and exploration. However, there are some makeup trends that have been stereotyped to being fit or constrained to a particular race or skin type. One of them is ‘Korean Makeup Routine.’
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.
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.