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Stories from Four Corners of Korea
by Subhojit Chakladar
Subhojit Chakladar started as a student in Seoul National University soon after he graduated from IIT-Kharagpur and later joined Samsung Electronics which he continues to be a part of. He is a blogging enthusiast, a passionate bird photographer and conservationist. In this article he shares some of his interesting experiences while travelling in Korea.
This week marks the completion of my 7th year in Korea. Back in 2008, when I first set foot here, I barely knew anything about it. My decision to come here was partly driven by the desire to explore a place I knew so little about.Over the years, the list of "places to visit" have shrunk and the list of "been to" places have swelled - so much so that sometimes when my Korean co-workers ask me where I've been on the weekend, I surprise them with a name they've never heard! During my university days, I was an active blogger for Korean Tourism. Partly in search of interesting stories, partly to learn the language and partly to get away from the hordes that descend upon popular tourist spots on the weekend, I sought out the path less traveled. These ventures have been rich harvesting ground for interesting experiences. Sharing 4 such stories from 4 corners of Korea.
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Inside Indian Music
By Prajwal A N
Prajwal A N, a recent graduate from IIT Bombay who has been working in Samsung for a close to year now, is a trained musician. In this post he shares his personal story and gives insights in to what makes music, music.
I started learning Carnatic music when I was 12 years old. I trained for a while as a vocalist before I turned instrumentalist with the violin. What started as a small hobby soon turned into a mainstream activity. For a couple of years, I was training very seriously as a musician until I had to stop most of the extra-curricular activities to concentrate on preparing for the Joint Entrance Examination to the IITs.
I did not pursue music seriously in those two years of junior college, but the training I went through by then helped me to still keep in touch with music and improve myself with minimal practice. I did take up music again after I joined IIT Bombay for my undergraduate studies, but could not give it enough time and train with the dedication I had during high school. I did try exploring different other forms of music and learnt to appreciate the differences between them and Carnatic music, which I learnt. Today I would like to share with you the basics of music and hopefully by the end of this post you would get an idea of what music is and how different styles differ.
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By P. Tharun Kumar
I finished my masters from Seoul National University (SNU) and am currently working as a researcher in the same university. It’s been 3 years in the university as of July, 2015 and I must say it’s been one hell of experience with ups and downs. This article details my experiences both as a personal reflection and insights as a research student aimed to help students from India who want to pursue their post-graduation here in Korea.