Hometown Cha Cha Cha

This show appreciates the small town life, the pleasures of the slower life in the countryside, more specifically the seaside. The female protagonist loses her job as the dentist in Seoul, owing to a whistleblower act by her where she exposes her boss of minting money from unsuspecting patients admitting them for needless procedures. She visits Gongjin, a fishing village just hours away from Seoul, missing her last visit their with parents and reminiscing carefree childhood days. And decides to open a clinic there, go solo. And thus begins the lovely tale, with such dear and loving characters.

As she learns to accept and appreciate ways of the people there and opens up to them, over the days learning her way to walk on their simple footsteps, we see amazing humane bonds get formed. Quirky characters, old grannies who love feeding people around them potato cakes, and teens, and kids petting a strange animal. I am forgetting it's name. 

Korean world of sitcoms is so humane. It is so much about people with an inherent goodness about them, who might sometimes come across as gossipy, nosy, loud mouth, or annoying. Every single time a character is shown in a bad light, we as audience know that there must be more to it - a reason plausible enough for the person to behave so - and that this is not a judgement passed but an effort to show what leads people to be a certain way, that we disapprove of. There is no black and white in korean shows. Always shades of grey, each of whom deserves our love, thought and emotions nonetheless. They show so clearly that a person's present nature depends so much on his history, making us judge a person less at first glance and be more patient to know better. 

I cannot express my gratitude enough, to these humane portrayals. Makes our world view so non judgemental, honest, caring, and wholesome. 

And the cute love story is brewing in the sidelines, without which any kdrama cannot exist. It's delightful to watch the pretty couple - both of them have such cute dimples. 😄

Trailer - https://youtu.be/z66fazyp3-M


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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