Soju with Hyun

 grand-mercure-bangalore31.07.2015

Landed at the seoul airport from Singapore in the afternoon . The mers virus had subsided by now , but we were asked to fill a medical form before we got our visa checked. I got my Euro’s changed into the local currency which is Won and headed for a taxi . My hotel was booked through the website bookings.com and a room was waiting for me . Called up Hyun my old friend from Christ College days . He said he would land up in a while . The first glimpse of Seoul reminded me of New York huge high rise buildings and a very connected and wired city .It’s the New York of the orient.

Hyun landed up next day in the evening and it was like time stood still and nothing had changed we were meeting after 25years , but it was as if just yesterday . Bang we went into our past talking about our old days and how everything was so innocent during our school days . “ Those were the days anuj we were all so innocent and uncorrupted , no worries in the world .” Then he shared his life journey with me , His painful separation from his wife , photo’s of his lovely Kid called Daniel and his love for heavy metal music and rock . Hyun was always a heavy Metal freak and went on to work as a concert organiser for rock music bands . I shared my experiences of bollywood with him and the horrific death of my father .The Jack Daniels had just finished and it was time for us to head out to see the city at night . We stumbled up into a Korean restaurant , were for the first time i tasted chilly octopus . Soju is the name of the local alcohol , it is a softer version of vodka and is had as shot’s . I enjoyed it to the hilt and lightened the spicy taste of the chilly octopus with green leaf salad and sprouts.

“ Would love to pick up a Korean chick and bang her at my hotel .I have fucked girls in Cambodia , Phillipines and Singapore “ said i with a naughty smile . “Well prostitution is illegal in Korea , but yes there our places where you can get women and get a massage also , we will see if you can venture into those places latter .”

Eating joint’s close by 11:00 o clock in Korea and the owner wanted us to finish our meal fast . Time flew as both of us got so in grossed in conversation . What could be said it was a reunion of two bunk buddied after 25 years . “ I would love to be a father like you hyun , that is one thing i need to experience , having a kid of my own , but right now i just wish to travel the world .” i said after taking drag from my cigarette .” I think you will be a great father , but you will need to settle down .” Hyun replied . We both new that the next few days in seoul will be great as two mates from the past meet and share their vastly different yet similar bitter and sweet life experience.

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