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Tuesday 6 February 2024

#WOTY – Word of the Year 2024

February 06, 2024 0 Comments

I know I am very late in posting about my ‘Word of the Year’ as we are into February as I start writing this. Fact is, I had decided on the word in 2023 but I took the month of January to analyse what it would really mean; start living in accordance to that and see whether it is something I can carry on not only for this year but for rest of my life. Whether it is something truly feasible and sustainable. 

I have always been proud of the fact that I can see multiple perspectives in a situation. I may not truly understand each of them, but I do see them and try to understand them. When I got this Tattoo, it was to remind myself that there are multiple perspectives in every situation and that it doesn’t make my personal experiences wrong or insignificant. That I had every right to believe in my own perspective of my experience. That my feelings weren’t wrong just because someone else couldn’t see it nor were other people’s feelings wrong because I couldn’t understand it.


Back then I used to take pride in the fact that I could see the perspective of the person in front of me and cut them slack because of it. Yes, you read that right. I USED TO take pride in that. I no longer do because I came to realise that while I was trying to be kind and understanding towards other people - it meant (most of the time) being unkind and unfair to myself. I was the collateral. When I realised that late last year, I turned inwards and started being kind to myself instead. It wasn’t a conscious decision - it just started with ‘I don’t want to deal with this negativity anymore’ and it has brought me more peace than I expected.



In a world that constantly demands our attention, it's easy to lose sight of our own needs and desires. I want 'Perspective' to offer the opportunity to shift the focus inward, creating a space for self-reflection and introspection. I realised that my life is filled with noise. So is your’s, I am sure. If you stop and take stock of the responsibilities, the expectations of others, societal pressures, the constant influx of information, the general confusion and lack of focus around us - you’ll see how exhausting  and completely useless it really is. And, your personal growth is often stunted due to it. 

So, this year I have started to turn the lens inwards and ask myself - ‘do I want/need this’ and ‘is this good for me’ very consciously about every single thing. Whether it is good or bad - everything will be questioned and acted upon. I will slowly filter out the unnecessary and hone in on what truly matters to me and my own well being. Instead of being overly critical of myself, I will try to view my experiences through a lens that acknowledges my handwork, learnings and growth. I will continue to learn more things and subjects so that I can use it to understand myself better and make my own life better.

I know that I am going to disappoint a lot of people around me and am ready for people to start calling me selfish for not giving them time, space and understanding any longer. And, that’s okay.




Monday 15 January 2024

'Soundtrack #1’: A Symphony of Friendship #WebSeries #Review

January 15, 2024 0 Comments


"Soundtrack #1," a Korean web series streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, unfolds a heartwarming tale of friendship, music, and the delicate dance between platonic and romantic relationships. The show, featuring the talented duo Park Hyung-sik as Han Seon-woo, a photographer, and Han So-hee as Lee Eun-soo, a lyricist, takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through nearly two decades of shared memories and creative collaboration.

‘Soundtrack #1' stood out to me for weaving a tale that transcends time and summarizes the depths of connection between two long-standing best friends. At the core of this exceptional drama is the beautifully portrayed 19-year friendship between the two protagonists, a narrative thread that binds the entire series into a harmonious symphony of emotions. From the very first episode to the poignant finale, the audience is taken on a mesmerizing journey through the highs and lows of a friendship that defies the passage of time.

At its core, "Soundtrack #1" revolves around the lives of two inseparable friends, Han Seon-woo and Lee Eun-soo. Their relationship takes a turn when Seon-woo moves in with Eun-soo to help write a song, thus embarking on a musical journey about one-sided love. The narrative beautifully navigates their individual pursuits in photography and songwriting, providing a rich backdrop for the evolution of their relationship through flashbacks.



Seon-woo, portrayed by Park Hyung-sik, harbors a long-standing love for Eun-soo but refrains from confessing his feelings to avoid jeopardizing their deep-rooted friendship. However, as the series unfolds, the delicate balance between friendship and romance becomes increasingly challenging to maintain. Han So-hee's portrayal of Eun-soo brings depth to the character, highlighting the intricacies of her internal struggle as she grapples with the evolving dynamics of their relationship.

One of the standout features of "Soundtrack #1" is its ability to encapsulate the essence of a nearly two-decade-long friendship. The series adeptly weaves together flashbacks and present-day moments, providing viewers with a comprehensive view of the characters' shared history. This nostalgic journey serves as a powerful backdrop for the emotional complexities that arise as Seon-woo and Eun-soo navigate the uncharted waters of romance. The series acknowledges the complexities of relationships, the inevitability of change, and the bittersweet beauty of letting go.

The chemistry between Park Seo-joon and Kim Ji-won is nothing short of extraordinary. Their on-screen dynamic is imbued with genuine warmth that makes their friendship believable and relatable. Whether they're sharing laughter, navigating conflicts, or finding solace in each other's company, the actors bring authenticity to their roles that elevate the viewing experience.

The music in the series serves as a captivating element, mirroring the emotional highs and lows of the characters. The individual career efforts of Seon-woo and Eun-soo in the realm of music and photography offer a unique lens into their bond, showcasing how their creative pursuits are a reflection of their personal emotions as well.


The series delivers a narrative that is poignant, authentic, and deeply resonant. Ji-hoon and Min-ju's 19-year journey is a symphony of emotions, a testament to the enduring power of friendship. As such, it emerges as a heartfelt and resonant web series that seamlessly blends the worlds of friendship, romance, and music. The performances of Park Hyung-sik and Han So-hee bring authenticity to the characters, while the narrative skillfully captures the nuances of evolving relationships.

Whether you're a fan of Korean dramas or simply looking for a series that tugs at the heartstrings, "Soundtrack #1" should undoubtedly be a delightful addition to your watchlist. Especially so, if you love the Friends-to-Lovers trope in romances.

Happy Watching!