Chosuk, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Laptop et. al.

Date : Sep 19, 2007 10:29 PM

Hello,

Another mail after a long time.. πŸ™‚ As i had told you in the last post, was pretty tied up with work. After tomorrows class at 1:00 – 2-:15, I have 10 days off.. Its Chosuk (thanksgiving) the next week. No classes on this Friday, Monday – Wednesday Chosuk, Thursday class cancelled and fri sat sun holiday.. So totally 10 days πŸ™‚ Its said that during Chosuk, EVERY shop (including restaurants and supermarkets) in Korea is closed and that you can find no one outside in this otherwise very very densely populated city. Everyone, from a shopkeeper to a CEO of a company goes to meet their parents with presents and spends time with them. You need to buy the stuff for these days in advance as NOTHING will be available for buying on those days. That’s Chosuk in Korea.

We celebrated Vinayaka Chaturthi last Saturday. In the morning I went there to help co-Indians clean the place and arrange things. It felt really nice. The pooja was on Saturday and the celebrations was on Sunday. It was an all-Korea celebration with people coming in from various parts of the country. Nice to be with a group of Indians after so long. Interestingly there were some Koreans too who took part in the celebrations and many of them spoke Hindi pretty good. There were two Korean kids who sang Gayathri Manthra and Ganesh Vandana on stage. Really impressive. Another group of Korean women sat on stage and kept on singing bhajans. Felt really nice that people outside India too like Indian traditions and culture and that they were also following it. Feeling proud to be an Indian. The whole function was arranged superbly. Kudos to all Nitin and all the organizers for the effort.

Click here for the link to 4 photos taken during Vinayaka Chaturthi

On Saturday, I went to an Indian restaurant called Himalayas in Korea with my mentor Hakjune Kim and his Girl Friend. Trust me when I say this. If you wanna make more money that what you would make as an engineer, come to Korea and start an Indian restaurant. Its very expensive. A papad costs around $2. A biryani which is very little in quantity costs $11. Each of us can easily eat atleast two. A plate of Chicken Tikka costs around $9, Tandoori Chicken Half costs $10 etc etc.. And Hakjune told me that Himalayas, the restaurant was the one of the cheapest in Seoul. Later i came to know that an average Indian dinner costs around $40 per person at other Indian restaurants. In India i guess a 5 star food would cost this much where as here $40 / person is in a regular small restaurant. See the profit these guys make in the name of Indian Food!! πŸ˜€

Spent yesterday night at Lab with seniors. Around 12 AM, they ordered lots of Chicken pieces from a KFC Equivalent in Seoul and had a feast. πŸ™‚ Never saw this much chicken in the same box before in my life.. Slept on the bed in the lab and today morning I woke up and went home to get ready. Even tonight I am planning to stay here watching some movies..

Got my laptop that Samsung had promised to give us as a part of the scholarship. My first OWN laptop ever. πŸ™‚ It’s a powered with a Pentium Core 2 Duo, 1 GB Ram, 120 GB SATA HDD and ATI X1250 256 MB Graphics Card. Here is a pic of my lappy.. πŸ™‚

My Laptop

Our lab reserved the football stadium at SNU for an internal soccer match on Friday from 9 am to 11 am. For playing in it, I bought a nike soccer shoes today. Cost me about $60 but thank god that the lab would reimburse. πŸ˜‰ Our professor too would join in the game. Am Really excited and looking forward to it. I love this about my lab. We do everything together πŸ™‚ .. May it be eat, play, work etc. etc. There IS a feeling of “togetherness” here.. I feel so good to be a part of MWNL.

Thats it for now,

Kiran

 

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