Autumn In My Heart

‘Autumn in my heart’ is a tragic love story. It has tears in almost every episode. It is one of the four ‘Endless love’ season themed dramas- Spring Waltz, Autumn Tale, Winter Sonata, and Summer Scent.

Two babies are born on the same day- Eun suh and Shin ae. By mistake, they are exchanged by their families. While Eun suh’s childhood is a happy one spent with the parents and the brother Joon suh, Shin ae’s is a tiring one spent working in the restaurant and dealing with a thug of a brother. After 14 years due to an accident to Eun suh, the parents come to know that their blood types don’t match and that Eun suh is not their daughter.  After huge emotional turmoil and numerous heart breaks, the children are switched back again, disregarding what will become of Eun suh and Joon suh. Both are never used to living without each other, and miss the childhood days immensely. Joon suh’s family leaves for the US for 8 years. The separation is heart wrenching. After 8 years, Joon suh comes back in search of Eun suh and when they both finally meet- the moment is equally happy. The rest of the story is sweet and sour. Read here.

I loved the character of Eun suh. She wanted to be reborn as a tree so that she wouldn’t have to leave anyone she loved ever, she wouldn’t have to move from this place to that. She played the rock every time in rock-paper-scissors; she couldn’t ride the cycle well as she was always afraid, and she had a close bond with Joon suh from childhood, and missed him deeply in his absence from her life. She loved to go to the beach and the river with Joon suh and to watch him paint. I liked Tah suk’s character too. Tah suk was so sweet towards the end.  I feel sorry for him too.

The drama showed relationships from such an innocent point of view- even the complex ones. The dilemma of the two mothers and the two families; the delicate depiction of the situation where making a choice itself was so difficult, as whatever be it, missing the other was a given. Everyone suffered throughout their lives. Tah suk in the end lost his only true love ever to cancer and his best friend ever to a fateful accident.

Though the actors were new, this drama brought them all, the required fame. The child actors seemed so genuine and touching in their act. Song Seung Heun was perfect as Joon suh- the gentleman that he is, relaying the complex emotions deftly through minimum dialogues and maximum facial expressions and body language. Song Hye Kyo portrayed Eun suh so beautifully. We all love her. She’s so dear that we form an attachment with her. Whenever she cried, wept, I found a tear in my eye. And nonverbally they communicated the best. Joon suh and Eun suh remain with us even after their story ends.

Beautiful scenery makes the proper setting for the story- the autumn trees and leaves, the calm surroundings of the village, the river, the tunnel, the beach, the sea, the ranch, the cattle, etc. And the music too is slow and muffled, as per the story. The best and timeless stories that have a universal appeal are always those that do not end well. Therefore, even after 13 years ‘Autumn Tale’- the beautifully crafted story- still manages to mesmerize us.

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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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