Kim Mi Young #atozchallenge

I loved the character Kim Mi Young, the female lead in the Korean Series ‘Fated to Love You’.

Kim Mi Young is a very common woman with no special talents, who is not really noticed by anyone and remains in the background. She is her office’s ‘post-it’ girl. She does everyone’s errands as she’s too genial to say ‘no’. But no one ever actually expresses a word of gratitude to her. She’s taken for granted, until a fateful incident with a famous soap company’s CEO, Lee Gun changes everything.

The drunken state mistake of a one night stand with the stranger Lee Gun, was fate bringing in love with a twist in her ever mundane life. The confident, charming and kind Lee Gun made her realize she was a ‘superglue’ not just a mere ‘post-it’. He was the only one to recognize and acknowledge her humane qualities and advise her that being to kind is not good. He told her to have confidence, not to be too timid, and made her feel like a princess from a country girl.

As life happened to change gears, Mi Young found that she was pregnant. She got into a contractual marriage with Lee Gun- a marriage of convenience with terms and conditions, devoid of any expectations. But love, care and respect brewed unexpectedly between them, only to be broken after three months when an accident killed her unborn child. It was very sad and brought the once lovers apart. Both of them tried to move on. Mi Young went to Paris to join an art institute and start afresh, a new chapter in her life. She became a huge success as Ellie Kim, the artist. Three years later, during her first exhibition back home in Seoul, fate decided to make the two meet, once again.

I loved Mi Young in every phase of her life. The innocent girl who had so much difficulty in saying a ‘no’ that she even picked her colleagues’ plastic wastes, touched my heart. The mother-to-be who wrote prenatal diary, decorated the room and drew on cups for her baby, moved me. She’s a baby faced woman with a childlike nature who is easily pleased and becomes happy with the simple pleasures of life. I love her musing, thoughts and the original person that she is. She is so immensely excited when Gun arrives at the prenatal class to accompany her. And finally I love the confident woman she eventually grows into, after having faced so many tragedies.

PS: Do watch the series. You’d love it. And listen to the song in it, ‘I don’t know why’ and ‘Like Fate’.


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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