Khu Kam (2013 series) OST – คู่กรรม (Khu Kam) – Backing track
I was debating whether or not I should do this book, but then I thought it would be nice to let people know how Angsumalin lived her life after part I. It was my second attempt that I finished the book because the story was so depressing and without loveline, but the story completed Angsumalin’s life and told us how Kobori’s child turned out to be. Let me warn you that the story is no comedy and may break your heart even more. I won’t get into the details but will give you just some highlights. The story is based on the true story of a political turmoil involving a college student uprising in the capital.
The book consists of two volumes with 44 chapters. The author came up with this book many years later after Khu Kam because she was challenged by her friend if she could write Khu Kam 2, and recently the author gave an interview that she didn’t give anyone permission to make it into a lakorn or movie yet, and for herself, Khu Kam 2 cut deeper into her mind than Khu Kam. If you want to know what happened after part I, you may take a peek, but if you don’t want to suffer further, please skip this post or you will probably throw bricks at me that I didn’t warn you enough.
And if you ask me who are the leads of the story, I would say Angsumalin and Kobori (through his child and Angsumalin’s heart).
Title : คู่กรรม๒ (Sunset at Chaophraya II)
ISBN Vol I : 978-611-7052-02-6
ISBN Vol II : 978-611-7052-03-3
Written on the back cover of volume I :
“Within love, there’s no nationalities but a heart filled with freedom.
By duty during the war, my country – America, that Japanese man was my enemy.
But as gentlemanliness goes, I have to admit that,
That Japanese soldier was a great soldier.
I would not survive till today if…..he didn’t let me go,
And I believe if he didn’t love that woman so much,
He would not take such a risk, and if Angsumalin wasn’t too prideful she might…be able to love him.”
An enemy by duty is different from the feeling of a murderer.
And one day an enemy by duty realizes…a real human being is the mind!
‘That man’ proved his love and his heart with his life.
While ‘one woman’ remains steadfast in love, and stands firm even when death set them apart, she still loves him without drifting.
You know…the pain didn’t subside, my love.
It’s time that made us get used to it, just enough ‘to live’ with it.
(Just you see how it goes.)
(Bits of chapter 1)
The story picks up with Ang’s father comes to the house, which now looks like a deserted house. Ang’s mom comes out to receive him. She tells him Ang is not home, she took her son to the doctor, the little boy catches a cold. Ang’s father came to deliver the news that Japan will lose the war, and he’s worried for them because the house is very close to the shipyard. When he leaves, Ang’s mom thinks about Japan will lose the war, whether it will win or lose the war, it doesn’t concern her family except…the little one.
“As if it’s a copy of his father” Grandma said when she saw her little great-grandchild for the first time. The boy looks so red that Angsumalin was worried. “Why is he so red, mom?”
Ang’s mom says, “When the baby looks red, it means when grows up, he will have light skin. It looks like it will be really light.” His eyes are long and oval with really black eyes…..
Pol and Bua have different opinions.
“Father named Kobori, his child should be named Kopi!”
“Wait until your child!” Bua gets angry. “Father named Pol, child must be named Pran (to destroy).”
“So what name do you want? How about Kobua rhymes with your name”
Within admiration, within love, everybody never forget whose son the boy is, now…Japan is about to lose the war. What will become of the son of a Japanese soldier?
(Bits of chapter 3)
Vanut comes to Ang’s house, he says he has something to talk to her. His eyes are looking at the tiny body sleeping quietly….he uses one finger to touch the cheek. If….if only it’s a “child” of him and Angsumalin. The pain shots through him, he pulls his hand back as if touching a hot thing…..
“What is his name?” The round bright face, he can’t help but smile at the baby.
Ang’s mom laughs softly, “His mom calls him, Yo…Yo…”
“Yoichi” Angsumalin shouts to him while she’s busy doing the laundry. (*Yo-i-chi, not sure if the spelling is correct)
“Yo…” She pronounces it clearly.
“…means the sun, ichi for the first child, but Thai name is Klin, also means the sun.”
(Bits of chapter 13)
He takes a deep breath, not very many know whose son, Klin Chalasin, is….his thin and tall figure turns to arrange the papers in the file neatly before moving it into place.
He thought…he got this habit from his mother.
But it’s so annoying that mom said…
“Your father was a clean and strict man.”
Dad has never died. Dad is within mom’s breathing. Dad is within mom’s eyes. A heart for love, the brightness of the world have stopped when dad passed away. Mom stays alive later for her “duty” of him.
Does mom truly “love” him?
Very often, he thinks he is only a “reflection” of dad. He hates the man in the mirror who everybody says “looks like dad”.
People who “know dad” wilted, even uncle Bua who loved to tell about.
Uncle Pol, great-grandmother withered away because of old age. Grandmother On stays at the temple more than home.
(Bits of chapter 13)
Klin once secretly looked closely at “otousan” ‘s picture. He has to admit that dad is “quite good looking”. This kind of looks, he should become an artist more than a soldier, however…people who knew dad, even uncle Vanut would say the same thing. “A great soldier!”
(*otousan = father)
(Bits of chapter 23)
“Mom…” his calling sounds so faint “The fish (hanging crap-ornament) looks so pale, does mom think otousan will see it?”
” Of course, he will, son. Dad is always looking down to us, mom…son all the time.”
(Bits of chapter 26)
“Mom….” his voice sounds ever so gentle, “Can you tell dad’s story to me again?”…….
“Mom, please start from the beginning in detail. Everybody says dad was handsome, even uncle (Vanut) praised that dad’s good-looking. Does Yo looks like dad a lot? Please tell me until the day…mom went to find dad…mom said Yo moved in your stomach, does mom think Yo wanted to help dad too?”
Within the softness of his voice, there’s curiosity, sincerity yet mixed with sadness.
“Definitely….” she says sweetly. “Mom even told Yo’s dad that this child and mother must pull dad out of that pile of wood.”
(Bits of chapter 44 – FINAL)
Ang tells Yo to play shamisen for her.
“Then, in the future, who will play khim then?”
“Yo will have to play alone.”
“When I play khim, I will think I’m playing to mom. When playing shamisen, I’m playing to otousan. Who said I’m alone?
“Good…mom won’t go anywhere…” Next sentence disappears in her chest.
There’s a long white trace in the sky above the line of trees. The wind is blowing gently. The smell of Jasmine flowers permeates the air.
“It looks like the Milky Way.”
Klin hears in the distance.
“Are you talking about Tanabata Matsuri, mom?”
“Yes, the seventh day of the seventh month.”
Her memory starts drifting…..
“When I’m about to die, will you come and stay near me?”
“Of course, I will. I will come to take you to that star, the Weaving Princess.”
“What is your heart telling anyone?”
“It’s saying I love you, Hideko…I love you.”
“When you’re going to leave me, will you bid me good-bye?”
“Anata wo aishiteimasu. I always love you, Hideko…love, always.”
Her pale lips is mumbling “I can play that song on the shamisen now.”
“I will try playing the shamisen for otousan.”
“He’s right here listening.”
The sweet lonely sound of the shamisen beat rapidly into the wind……
Two stars travel close to each other. The twinkling light glitters so brightly.
And if thou stay up yonder,
Then I shall meet thee there.
A cold mist from the tears of the stars disperses. The twinkling light is like the two pairs of an eye that will be looking down gently, to console the lonely one.
Feeling chill from the shower of dewdrops, the wind blows softly.
All are floating away and disappear, will it ever return.