Bollywood vs K-drama - Entertainment Trends Dominating Asia

Bollywood vs Kdrama: Entertainment Trends Dominating Asia

Bollywood and Kdrama are emerging entertainment trends dominating Asia. They are slowly gaining popularity as new markets are opening. It used to be a purely regional thing about 10 years ago. People with blood and cultural ties are normally the only patrons abroad who miss their home. As the world becomes more digital, the adage small world is getting truer every day.

The world is getting smaller and people discover more and more things about other cultures. With the push for more apps, it is becoming even more personal. The proliferation of online groups in varied platforms enables the sharing of entertainment preferences in terms of movies and series. From China’s Ashes of Love, Taiwan’s Meteor Garden, India’s Black Mirror, Japan’s Gokusen, The Philippines La Luna Sangre, and South Korea’s Doctor Stranger, these are some of the more well-known Asian series that is slowly branching out to other regions.

Bollywood, the Indian Hindi-language movie industry which was Bombay Cinema has, for years, has produced and released more films than Hollywood. They have made their films available to the general public. More people have access to it because of its affordability. The genres are as varied as those made in Hollywood. Drama, comedy, documentaries, biopics, horror, romance, and the like. The most profitable is usually seasonal films like Christmas and masala movies. Masala is a combination of genres of comedy, drama, romance, action, and the occasional song and dance scenes.

Many countries have developed a love for Bollywood films including China, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan, and many more.  Opportunities have opened up and it is slowly reaching a stage of interest even with their Asian neighbors due to apps that offer subtitles and dubbing. Bollywood, or India’s version of Hollywood, sees an increasing demand for their dubbed movies. It is slowly moving away from the norm to more mainstream. However, the big winner seems to be Korean dramas or k-dramas and Korean novelas as we see a surge in new Korean Drama websites appearing around the world.

Hallyu. This is what the Korean wave that is spreading worldwide is called. Korean dramas and kpop have suddenly been found to be really popular outside of South Korea. It was like a guilty pleasure, liking these shows. Some who have actually developed a liking to it are warning their friends about it because it can be addictive.

Korean novelas are very different from your average TV series. Tailored to suit everybody, there is bound to be a kdrama for you.  From themes of cops and robbers, action and medical drama, romance-comedy, thriller, fantasy, and sci-fi, there is a kdrama for everyone. Video streaming sites are increasingly becoming popular.

The advent of Hulu and Netflix as mediums for companies that strive to reach farther and entertain more people with their products and services. Having a universal language definitely helps a lot as English-speaking viewers around the world await the next installment of their shows.

Why Korean dramas are popular

If you have ever watched even one full episode of these programmes, you’d see how good looking the performers are. Kpop and Korean novelas all have these celebrities described as “shining” or “radiant”. The stories they tell are full of unexpected twists and not just your ordinary narratives. They infuse every episode with bits of Korean culture like myths, sayings, poems, food, fashion, and dreamy locations.

These shows promote understanding, non-violence, a play on fate and destiny, relativity, or how one is connected and either past lives or karma. It definitely offers a fresh perspective from the storylines we are used to.

Mam Ramaswamy’s Racing Legacy

Mam Ramaswamy was a man of many talents – a brilliantly successful businessman, a lover of fine horses, and, more than that, a horse racing legend. With a career spanning several decades, it was his unofficial record of 600 classic wins in the races that set him apart. So what were Mam Ramaswamy’s secrets to business, life, horses and betting? A man who has become a legend in his country is a man who got horse racing down to a science. Apart from breeding incredibly fine horses, Mam also had his own personal inside tricks and tips for being able to win repeatedly, tips like wearing his lucky suit and his lucky tie. However, unless the suit and tie were blessed by Mercury and Pegasus themselves, we suspect there is probably a little bit more science than luck in over 600 wins. So unless you can convince the executors of Mam’s estate to sell you his lucky tie and suit, we best speculate as to some of the scientific factors that can improve your betting and give you an edge?

A legend in the world of horse-racing and called the ‘Turf Moghul’ for his expensive passion, Ramasamy was the biggest owner of thoroughbreds, having owned at least 1,000 horses in active training in race courses across the country. “Not long ago, I would invariably spend a major part of my day with the horses, but now that’s not possible. My trainers take good care of them and I don’t necessarily need to worry,” Ramasamy told The Times of India in an exclusive interview just a couple of months before his soul left this earth.

Racing surface

As the Indian business mogul certainly knows, condition of the track is an incredibly important factor second only to the qualities of the horse itself. The condition and type of track plays an enormous factor into whether you’ve picked a winner or a dud. Horse racing tips can differ in different areas; for horse races in India this can be particularly important especially given varying climate conditions. Horses on a wet or muddy track will race entirely differently than horses on the dry dirt. This matters because a horse which has typically been last might find itself at the advantage due to a slightly slower but more sure footed gallop. Determining the type of racing surface and how well previous horses have done on that given track under those conditions is a great metric by which you can determine the statistical likelihood of a win.

Has the horse beat the odds in the past?

This is a tip that can help you make significant amounts of money and that is by looking to see if a given horse has won against high odds in the past. A horse that has won against high odds in the past is statistically speaking much more likely to win again against high odds in the future. This is an important factor to consider because if this particular horse is showing good odds of winning then actually it is less likely to win. By being able to identify these statistical patterns in the horses you can see a significant return.

When the odds are at their highest against this particular horse, it’s actually most likely to win. This is not true of every horse, mind you, and each horse is unique and must have specific research done to determine the types and factors that lead to its winning at the races.

Along with this tip is another important one and that is not looking merely at wins in a row to determine a winning horse but how those wins are spread out. If a horse has won two or three races in a row previously but has not won for two or three races in a row, its odds of winning the current race may show it going down but by looking at a horse’s history you can determine that this horse is actually due for a win. This is often the case with race horses where they will win after a gap of several races they lost, then go on for several more winning races.

This is because racing takes a significant toll on the body of a horse. Those optimal peak times of output cannot be maintained for every single race but you know that the horse has that potential inside it and if it shows a pattern of a few losses and a few wins you can see if this horse is overdue for a win and place your bets accordingly. This is why it’s important to look at not just how often it wins but what were the odds back when it won and how long has it been since its last win. If it has won five times in a row, the odds will seem to be in its favor but the horse is actually more likely to lose.

Keeping this in mind can help you bet against the odds and win your money back multiple times over. With these racing tips you will be ready to compete against the 600 race record of Indian business legend Mam Ramaswamy.

Linen Sheets From India Are Status Symbols

The Indian sub-continent (generally core lands of India Pakistan Bangladesh Nepal Bhutan Sri Lanka and the Maldives, more recently referred to as South Asia) has had a long history of involvement in textiles manufacture and production.

Traditionally the textiles industry in India generated huge employment, second only to agriculture and contributes a significant proportion of India’s total exports.

Thousands of fabric weaving factories and textile finishing factories exist across India. Fabrics produced include jute, silk, cotton and wool. Less known but highly valued is linen, used for home textiles in addition to garments.

Production ranges from hand looms to mass manufacturing. Flax fields in northern France supply 60% of the raw materials for the world’s linen, a significant proportion of which is exported to India where it is processed into finished production of items including linen sheets, other home textiles and linen shirts.

According to Bloomberg Business a linen shirt is a status symbol, this is underpinned by the Indian prime Minister’s love of linen kurtas, although the US and Europe remain the biggest markets for linen.

On websites around the planet, and in quality bedding shops in the finest suburban areas in the world’s wealthiest cities, customers can purchase fine French flax woven to specific needs (especially wide, fine and durable) resulting in finished pieces including a range of luxurious linen sheets and table linen, featuring hand-worked drawn thread work and hand-embroidered monograms.

An article in Vogue magazine India earlier this year reviewed an ongoing exhibition at the Devi Art Foundation entitled ‘Fractured’ where 20 textile artists from varying disciplines reinvent Indian textiles in a modern context and the innovations are something our entire global Indian community can be very proud of.

The Fractured exhibition features form and colour collaborations from diverse artists in various textiles media, and for lovers of lifestyle inspiration, the results are so luxurious as to take our breath away.

One thing is for sure, we Indians can sleep easy when we know our linen sheets have been lovingly crafted by our wonderful artisans – and that the quality is so sound that the sheets and table linen may even last for generations.