Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shaastrotsav – Festival of Science,Q8

As a kid I vividly remember taking part in the science exhibitions that were organized in our school. A few times, I represented our school also.
Science is a necessary part of an educational system, something indispensable for students. But it should be taught in a way wherein it doesn't become a mental load for students. A wonderful way of doing so is to organize exhibitions to promote science, and also to develop a scientific approach towards different theories.

When we came to know about Shaastrotsav – The Festival of Science, we at once decided to attend it. Very recently on 6th May in the state of the art campus of GUST, Mishref-Kuwait; it was organized by NSS College of Engineering Alumni (Kuwait Chapter) in association with Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST). This was the third time this festival was organized in Kuwait. Our visit was a flashback to both me and Jeet. We both remembered our school days and the exhibitions that we attended and were part of. The involvement of teachers, students and parents and the various models by students impressed us.  There was also a competition on animation series and it dazzled us to see kids making very nice, short animation movies. 

For more information on Shaastrotsav, you can check their website http://www.shaastrotsav.org/2011/?p=61

Here are some pictures from the event....

Hectic Weekend,Q8

The weekend was really very hectic and by mid of it, it started becoming unpleasant. We had 3 birthdays to attend, 1 anniversary party and 1 dinner party. Thursday was fine, as we attended the birthday parties and also Rawat bhaiya and Ratna bhabi's anniversary party at Mughal Mahal,Fahaheel.It was their 17th anniversary and it seems everyone enjoyed the evening. I had organised few games for the couples, which was received well by all the guest.

As for the birthday parties it was at McDonald. A GREAT PLACE to organize birthday of your kid...you need not worry about the cake, games, return gift etc. They do it all....these parties are Mehr's favorite. I even had to cancel my tuitions to take her to both the parties. The two hours at McDonald is total fun time for the kids.

Even Friday morning we had an invitation...everything was going on well, when suddenly Mehr had running nose  and high fever. We took her to hospital but the paediatrics said there was nothing serious but "just an allergy". Anyway her running nose is making her breathing very difficult and because of it she has started coughing. Heavy vomiting in the afternoon, block  running nose is giving her lot of problem. I am trying out home-made remedies and also giving her the medicines that the doctor have prescribed. She is not able to attend her play-school, which she hates to remain absent.Hope my darling gets well soon.

Here are some pictures of McDonald and the anniversary party.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shanta Uzir Nite,Kuwait,2011

This time for our Rongali Bihu celebration, we had the versatile Assamese singer Shanta Uzir and her music-director husband as our special guest.  She gave a great performance and made everyone present on Hotel Crown Plaza's ball room on 13 May, to dance to her songs.

An evening to remember and cherish.....

Jetuka 2011

Again I started neglecting my blog for few days…and whenever I do it, I feel very bad and sometimes helpless. This time it was the Bihu Celebration that took all my time and energy and I could not do anything. Infact I was fighting against time to publish our ( Assam Association Kuwait) annual magazine Jetuka as I was one of the editors. Alok da (Alok Das) was the other editor, we worked as a team. We get very less time; the new committee gets elected in March but cannot do anything till the previous resigns. By the time the new members take over, decide on the theme, request for article, edit them and then publish them, we have very little time.Apart from the magazine, I was part of the Bihu group dance, which we say Husori. So I had to run to press and for practise.

Anyway, all went well. We were able to publish the magazine on time….on Santa Uzir Nite. Shanta Uzir, a very versatile star of Assam, gave a sterling Performance at a Bihu Function held on 13-May-2011 at Hotel Crowne Plaza. It was an evening which we all are sure to remember. All went well, as planned. Everyone from kids to adults enjoyed.

Here are some pictures....

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Places In Kuwait to Take Children During Summer Vacation

The academic year is about to end and so is vacation about to start. Its summer and so summer camps, visit to exotic locations with parents and friends and to dear India will start. For those in Kuwait, you need not feel dis-spirited and pensive. There are lot of places in Kuwait where you can go during the summer holidays and enjoy with your family and friends.

My daughter is 2 1/2years old and so sending her to summer camp doesn't arise. But my friends, whose kids who have started going to school are really going crazy as to what to do with the kids this summer. So I have made a list that I hope will help them and you out, if you have kids.

There might be many more places that I might not know. If you know them include it as comment. Thanx. 

Hope the list will be of help......Here are some fun places to take the kids

1) Khiran Resort: If you want to have fun in weekends or holidays then Al-Khiran Resort is one of the most famous places to have fun and good time.  For details check the link http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/11/khiran-resortq8.html

2) Entertainment City: A perfect place to spend time and you can spend the entire day and till late night rejoicing without feeling bored. For details check out http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/05/entertainment-city-q8.html

3)Messila Water Village: What more can be a better way to beat the summer heat and dust than a visit to a water park?http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/07/messila-water-villageq8.html

4)Kuwait Zoo : Though a small one it is very famous among families both locals and expatriate. In fact during weekends it becomes difficult to get a place to park your car. There are varieties of animals and the toy train will make your visit more interesting and memorable.http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/10/direction-for-q8-zoo.html and http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2011/02/q8-zoo-in-twitter.html

5) Young Kids Academy: Do you want to be more creative during the vacation? Do you want to have some fun in the kitchen and attend camps, then this is the place for you. http://www.youngchefsacademy.com/index.php

6)Kuwait Riding Center: Did you ever dream of riding a horse? Then during this vacation, it is the right time to turn your dream into reality. Every year during the month of June and July a two to four week camp occurs on the grounds of Kuwait Riding Center.http://www.kuwaitridingcenter.com/en/summer-camps/local-summer-camp/

7) Scientific Center:An interesting and informative place where you can mingle learning with pleasure. http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/05/scientific-centerq8.html

8) The Little Gym: Are you looking for activities when school is not in session? Do you want to attend a  camp full with fitness,fun, arts and crafts? Then this is the place for you. http://www.thelittlegym.com/Kuwait/Pages/kids-camps.aspx

9) Ice Skating Rink: Love to skate? Or would like to spend some moments in cold icy atmosphere in burning hot month of June-July in Kuwait.If “yes” then rush to the Ice-Skating Rink http://www.kuwaittourism.com/Ice-Skating-Rink.html

10)Kuwait National Museum: Kuwait is our second home.Would you like to know about the culture and history of your second home? Would you like to know about the sky,stars and the moon? Then you should surely visit the national museum. http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/05/kuwait-national-museum.html and http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/05/kuwait-national-planetarium.html

11) Al Sadu House: Do you know that there is similarity between the handicrafts of Arabia and India? If you want to see the similarity, visit the Al Sadu House. http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2011/03/bayt-al-baderq8.html and http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/02/bedouin-craft.html

12) Paint Ball Kuwait: complex is a great place to visit in Kuwait for people of all ages and skill levels from first time players to hardcore speedball players .http://www.paintball-kuwait.com/

13)Kuwait Tower: is another nice place where you can spend an evening with your parents and friends. Will certainly love the observatory deck. http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/10/kuwait-towers-n-miami-beachq8.html

14)Green Island: Nothing can be a better place then Green Island to plan any outdoor activity during vacation with family and friends.  It has a good restaurant, good playground for kids, train ride, bicycle rent, good walking path along the beach with Arabic Gulf Street view, and many good points for the outdoor picnic meals.http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/04/green-islandq8-venue-for-our-building.html

15)  KuwaitKidsCamp: Another place in Kuwait that organize camps for children during the summer vacation. They promise to provide memorable summer camp experience in a warm atmosphere. http://www.kuwaitkidscamp.com/

16)   Hawally Park: A park where there is innumerable games  for kids. The best part is the “Jarir bookstore” within the complex where you will find huge collection of books and games.http://mytravelsmyexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/03/hawally-parkq8.html

17)Color Me Mine: Do you want to gift something unique to your friend? You can enjoy your coffee, taste homemade sweets, and paint a ceramic piece. A fun and fresh idea that appeals to kids as well as adults. http://www.kuwait.colormemine.com/

18) Baroue Kids Kingdom:  in Avenue Mall is designed exclusively around the needs, dreams and expectations of children.http://www.the-avenues.com/En_baroque.cms

19)   Infunity:  In Family Entertainment Centre “Infunity” in 360 Mall, children can investigate, explore, play, and learn about a whole new range of entertainment programmes that have been designed to the highest specifications of world famous leisure destinations. http://360mall.com/Encuttingedge.360

20)K Camp: Another place to go for your summer camp.http://kuwaitcamp.com/

21)Ties Center: Another place if you are looking for learning Arabic, baking classes etc during vacation time.http://tiescenter.net/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 

23)The 99 Village: Another theme park in Jahra. Though I have not personally visited it, I feel children will enjoy the rides and the environment.http://www.248am.com/mark/kuwait/the-99-village-theme-park/ and http://www.the99.org/art-36-33-Articles-1-19-690,ckl

24)Aqua Park: Water amusement park with water-based rides next to Kuwait Towers. A very joyful and very nice place for recreation. http://www.aquaparkkuwait.com/aqpage.html

25)Magic Planet: in Avenue Mall is another place for children. It is the largest indoor amusement park in the region, featuring several international award-winning rides and games that have never before been found inside a building.http://www.kuwaitagenda.com/en/kids/general/1422-goldie-in-magic-planet-avenues-mall.html

26)Cartoon Network: A theme park for children in Kuwait City. A place which children will surely like and love.http://www.p0ach.com/2009/02/22/cartoon-network-kuwaits-indoor-theme-park/

27)After school activities(Courses in drawing, painting, ceramics and general art ): You can do them during your vacation and if you like and enjoy doing them, continue when your school re-opens. Here’s the link to few such activities.http://paguro.net/expat-life/local/kuwait/all-documents-kuwait-city/kuwait_kuwaitcity_activities

Monday, May 02, 2011

Pawan Dham,Haridwar,India

On our way to Haridwar we stopped at  Pawan Dham, a glass temple which one should not miss while visiting Haridwar. As the name implies,it is primarily a Hanuman Mandir(temple) but you will find almost all Hindu deities made of glass intricately carved. Also aesthetically designed glass work of deities are found on the temple wall apart from the glass idols. Thats where the beauty of Pawan Dham lies. This 
modern and untraditional temple is 2kms from Haridwar town. 

All thanks to people of Moga(Punjab) that they put efforts and money to bring up this unique temple. 

At the entry to the temple lot of puja items and gifts are sold. I found something very unique among the items; photo’s where you can see different deity from different angles. The bigger photo cost me Rs80 and the small one cost Rs40.