November Blues

Director, Kim Ki-duk introduced to me to his vision of Korea — through his movies. His take on Korean culture was cynical, contemplative, and probably, a deeply scathing review of popular culture. Even in its beauty, through beautiful cinematography, and despite the lack of grey tones, his work wasn’t always easy to digest. Perhaps, that’s why, he isn’t…

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2 days Along the Han

After a dry run of 15 km, from Mapo to Mangwan Hangang River Park, and back, along the Han; I thought I was sufficiently prepped to take our cycling to the next level. Honestly, I don’t think, I truly understood what I was getting into, when I chalked out a plan, for a day long…

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September Highs

Way back in the seventies, my parents along with my brother (who was three at that time) moved to the UK. Their stint would last for about three years, before they would eventually return home, but stories of their life and travels across Europe, would dominate the rest of their life. As a child, I’d…

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Just Another Ordinary Day in Seoul

Seoul doesn’t feature on many travellers’ bucket-list. Honestly, it didn’t feature on mine either. It doesn’t have the glitz of Shanghai or Tokyo’s breakneck pace. The city is austere; a lot of its cultural/heritage sites were destroyed or damaged during colonial rule. And the effect of its bitter past is hard to shake off. A…

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Hiking Achasan in Summer

Before we moved to Seoul, I didn’t realise how undulating the terrain could get. It’s not surprising that the people living here — are incredible fit. Abandoned railway lines are converted into lengthy walking trails, exercise equipment can be found in every park or mountain trail, and almost every mountain path is connected by a…

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The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian isn’t an easy read. However, I also knew, I couldn’t miss being a part of the revelry. For the first time, the translated work of a Korean author had won a Man Booker International Prize. Local bookshops and Korean newspapers had posters (like the one above) splashed across glass windows and the front page. Why…

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