Saturday, October 07, 2017

Danube Home in Kuwait

Danube Home is the home décor and furniture wing under the diverse Danube Group, which was mooted in order to meet the demand of quality furniture in the region. Available in the countries including the UAE, Oman, KSA, Qatar and Bahrain, Danube Home serves as a one-stop destination to offer the widest array of quality furniture, furnishing items and interior design assistance, made specially to satisfy the needs and preferences of every home décor enthusiast.

LuLu Hypermarket launches Festival of Egypt

LuLu Hypermarket, the leading retailer in the region, launched the 11-day Festival of Egypt promotion at all its outlets on 5th October.

The festival was inaugurated at the Hypermarket's Al-Dajeej branch by His Excellency Yasser Atif, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Kuwait, along with the top management from LuLu Hypermarket, in the presence of a large crowd of shoppers and well-wishers.

The Festival of Egypt, which runs from 4th to 14th October, showcases the wide diversity of Egyptian foods including specialty cheese, fresh fruits, tender vegetables, fish, meat and olives. Among the products being highlighted at the festival are luscious mangoes, oranges, strawberries, grapes,watermelons and pomegranates.

A cultural extravaganza is also being held as part of the festival and features traditional music and dances of Egypt, including the famous Saidi horse-dance, zaffa the marriage procession dance and the vibrant tanoura. In addition, special magic shows and painted clowns will entertain children on the evenings of 5th and 6th October.

The promotion period will also witness several competitions, including clay modeling and a fashion show of traditional costumes for children below the age of 12.

The Festival of Egypt once again reiterates LuLu Hypermarket commitment to interacting with their customers at every touch-point. The promotion also creates opportunities for people from different communities to come together and enjoy each other's cultures, cuisines and foods.

Places to Visit in Kuwait- Public Park between Kuwait Towers n Green Island

Kuwait is a country where summer is very hot, dry , dusty and temperature exceeding 48-50 c most of the time. While it experiences colder weather and cold winds in winters  because of cold winds blowing from upper Iraq and Iran.  

So Kuwait gets only few months of pleasant weather.....September last to November  first week.....and again in February and March. This is the time for outdoor activity and to take your kids to the beach areas where lot of activities are there for them to enjoy; while you and your spouse take a walk in the walking track near beach or enjoy the beautiful peaceful and romantic moonlight  :))
There are several public gardens among the beaches in Kuwait which are maintained by the Municipality. They have slides, swings, climbing apparatus and grassy areas for picnics or barbecues.
 This weekend we visited two places.....
The second place was........
Friday evening we visited the public park between Kuwait Towers n Green Island. Its a beautiful place with lot of activities for kids and adults alike. There is Only one  restaurant call FRIDAY for your reference.You can see the beautiful Kuwait Tower and its view be it in the day or night is mesmerizing. The beautiful city skyline at night is something you can look at it for hours.

Place to Visit in Kuwait Egalia Public Park

Kuwait is a country where summer is very hot, dry , dusty and temperature exceeding 48-50 c most of the time. While it experiences colder weather and cold winds in winters  because of cold winds blowing from upper Iraq and Iran.  

So Kuwait gets only few months of pleasant weather.....September last to November  first week.....and again in February and March. This is the time for outdoor activity and to take your kids to the beach areas where lot of activities are there for them to enjoy; while you and your spouse take a walk in the walking track near beach or enjoy the beautiful peaceful and romantic moonlight  :))
There are several public gardens among the beaches in Kuwait which are maintained by the Municipality. They have slides, swings, climbing apparatus and grassy areas for picnics or barbecues.
 This weekend we visited two places.....
Thursday we visited Egalia Public Park. There is no entrance fees unlike the Egalia Park , which is next to this park,  where you need to pay . Its open , lot of activities for kids, it covers a large area where you can walk on the walking track, four basket ball courts which always remain occupied by young boys from different nationalities.

Monday, October 02, 2017

New medical charges for expatriates in Kuwait

The increased fees for medical services offered to expatriates will be implemented from Sunday in all public hospitals and polyclinics around Kuwait. The Health Ministry reportedly sent lists containing the new fees to local medical facilities, which include charging KD 5 for visiting the emergency department of general hospital, KD 10 for going to outpatients clinics, KD 10 per day for inpatients, KD 30 for staying at the intensive care unit (ICU), KD 50 for the private room and KD 200 as deposit. As for maternity, KD 10 will be collected per visit, in addition to KD 50 paid for normal delivery.

Meanwhile MP Khalid Al-Otaibi has called for postponing the implementation of new fee structure to early next year. According to MP, eventhough an increase in fees for health services to the expatriates is necessery, we must take into account the humanitarian dimension and the average income of a large section of residents. Some of the medical examination fees cannot be sustained by a fairly large number of people in the country, he said.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A very special treat for Diwali –Edible Diyas

Here is the recipe to make an edible Coconut Diya which contains a Khoya filling.
It is a delightful food that can be made with children in the kitchen for Diwali.


5 cups Dry Coconut Powder or fine flakes
1 tin Condensed Milk
1 tsp. Butter or Ghee
1/2 tsp. Cardamom powder
Almonds for wicks

Khoya Filling

3 cups Full Cream Milk
300 ml Thickened Cream
1 tin Condensed Milk


Khoya Filling
1. Put all the ingredients in a microwave proof container.
2. Mix it up
3. Heat it on high for 4 minutes.
4. Take the container out and stir it.
5. Heat it on high again for 4 minutes.
6. Stir it again.

If you are not using the Microwave then just heat the mixture in a thick bottomed pan on the stove for 5-6 minutes (or more , until the consistency starts to thicken), making sure that the mixture does not stick to the bottom.
Alternatively you can make the Khoya (Mawa) traditionally or use Mawa powder available from all good South Asian stores.
1. Empty condensed milk into large pan (ideally non-stick).
2. Add 4.5 cups coconut into the pan and mix well.
3. Cook mixture on low heat, stirring continuously. Do not allow the mixture to scald at the bottom.
4. Cook until mixture forms a soft lump and leaves side of pan.
5. Let the mixture cool for a short time until it can be shaped by hand.
6. Grease palms with the butter.
7. Roll portions of mixture into ping-pong sized balls.
8. Shape carefully into Diyas, with a circular depression and mouth for the wick.
9. Coat with leftover dry coconut powder to help handling.
10 Chill in the fridge to allow them to set into shape.
11. Fill each Diya with the Kohya filling
12. Add an Almond as the wick. And enjoy!

Dusshera food across India

While kheer, burfi, halwa, kachoris, jalebi, gulab jamun, malpua, radbi, mysore pak, shrikhand and sandesh are some of the common food items prepared for the feast, there are traditional preparations from different regions of India.

Karnataka - Kannadigas lay an emphasis on Saraswati Pooja for which they prepare sweet dosa as offering. Considered to be an auspicious offering, it is made only during the Dasara festival in almost all Kannadiga families.

Gujarat - Traditionally, jalebi and fafda (made from gram flour) with chutney are offered to the Goddess and devotees avail of this Prasad.

Kolkata - Sweets find a special mention with rosgulla, pantua, sandesh, kheer kodum included in the spread of traditional Bengali dishes.

Maharashtra - A savoury known as Kadakni which resembles a khakra is served as a snack. Made from gram flour it is served with spicy hot theccha (a spicy chutney made from crushed green chillies). Karanjis (with a variety of sweet stuffing) also known as Gujiyas in the north are another homemade food item on the menu of many homes.

South India - Sweet dishes are offered to the goddess Saraswati which are normally a variety of payasams. Other savouries include murruku, puliogre, appams, etc.

Tom Alter, Padma Shri actor and writer, dies aged 67

While watching TV , got a very sad news few hours ago. One of my favourite , veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter has died. He was 67. The renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author had been battling stage four skin cancer.

Alter acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, most famously as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon which ran for a record five years during the 1990s. In addition to acting, Alter also ventured into direction and was a sports journalist in the 80s and 90s. He was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India. Alter has written three books, one non-fiction and two fiction, and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema.

A statement released on behalf of his family said: "It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father. Tom passed away Friday night at home with his family and close family members in attendance. We ask for their privacy to be respected at this time."

Born in the hill station of Mussoorie in 1950, Alter was a third-generation American in India who studied at Woodstock School in the Himalayas and then briefly at Yale University in the USA, before returning to India in the early 70s. In 1972, he was one of three men - the others being Benjamin Gilani and Phunsok Ladakhi - chosen from over 800 applicants across north India to be enrolled in at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, where two years later he graduated with a gold medal diploma in acting.

Alter's first release was Ramanand Sagar's Charas in 1976, in which he played the role of superstar Dharmendra's boss, a CID official. Among his notable roles during the first decade of his acting career were Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Shyam Benega's Junoon (1979), Manoj Kumar's magnum opus Kranti (1981) and Raj Kapoor's Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). Other notable directors he worked with during the 70s and 80s were V Shantaram, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Manmohan Desai, Subhash Ghai, Chetan Anand - who gave him his first break in the Dev Anand-starrer Saheb Bahadur - and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who gave him the pivotal role of the gangster Musa in the critically acclaimed hit Parinda.

In the 90s, Alter was seen in many films, prominent among them Mahesh Bhatt's Aashiqui, Junoon and Gumrah, Ketan Mehta's Sardar and Priyadarshan's Kala Pani. During this time, he also acted in regional cinema - Bengali, Assamese, Telegu, Tamil and Kumaoni films. Among his foreign films are Richard Attenborough's Gandhi and One Night with the King, in which he acted opposite his idol, the legendary Peter O'Toole.

On TV, Alter's leading work came in Junoon, Zabaan Sambhalke, Jugalbandi, Bharat EK Khoj, Ghutan, Shaktimaan, Captain Vyom, Mere Ghar Aana Zindagi and Yahaan Ke Hum Sikandar. Most recently, he was seen in a pivotal role in the ongoing serial Rishton Ka Chakravyuh on Star Plus. At the time of his death, Alter had approximately 16 unreleased films lined up as well as a web series by Eros Now titled Smoke.

Throughout his cinematic and television career, Alter remained busy with theatre, having co-founded Motley Productions with Naseeruddin Shah and Gilani in 1979. His prominent stage work includes the two-and-a-half-hour-long solo play in Urdu, 'Maulana', 'Babur ke Aulaad', 'Lal Qile ka Aakhri Mushaira', 'Ghalib ke Khat', 'Trisanga', 'Teesveen Shatabdi' and many more.

In early 2017, Alter enacted a festival of his various plays in Hindi, English, Hindustani and Urdu titled titled 'Jashn-e-Maazi: The Play of History' which featured 19 of his portrayals and adaptations of leading historical figures such as Maulana Azad, Mirza Ghalib, Manto, Saahir Ludhianvi, Rabindranath Tagore, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Alfred Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi.

He is survived by his wife Carol, son Jamie and daughter Afshaan.

Kuwait 42nd most popular destination for expatriates

Kuwait ranked sixth in the Middle East and 42nd out of 46 countries declared as the world’s most popular destinations for expatriates, according to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2017 which polled about 30,000 migrant workers across the world, reports .Kuwait’s global ranking this year went down by seven notches compared to 2016 when it landed on the 35th spot. Singapore remained on top globally, while Norway climbed six places to the second spot, ahead of New Zealand that dropped by one spot.
Meanwhile, Germany and the Netherlands climbed dramatically to the top five compared to the previous year. On the ranking of other GCC countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the top spot in the Middle East and 10th in the world – two places higher than the previous year when it ranked 12th. It is ahead of other popular destinations like the USA, United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
It also edged out Switzerland from the top 10 as the latter dropped from the fifth spot in 2016 to 11th place this year. Bahrain ranked second in the Middle East and 13th internationally, dropping from ninth in 2016; while Oman ranked third in the Middle East and 15th in the world – three places higher compared to previous year’s ranking – 18th.
Qatar ranked fourth in the Middle East and 31st globally – two notches lower compared to 2016 when it ranked 29th; while Saudi Arabia ranked fifth in the Middle East and 40th globally – nine places lower compared to last year when it ranked 31st. The survey analyzed people’s salaries, career growth potential, job security and savings.
It also asked people about social issues, such as how easy it was to make friends, health care and access to culture. People were also asked about how easy it was to raise children, how safe people felt where they were living and general quality of life.
The UAE scored high on economic areas, coming fifth overall, but did not fare so well in areas concerning people’s social and family lives. “Expats living in the UAE are rewarded for their hard work… (it) attracts a wide range of people keen to live and work away from home,” the report stated. Proportionately there are more expats living in the UAE than any other country, who said their motive to moving to the UAE was to improve their earnings. “With a small local population, the UAE’s economy depends on qualified expats who moved there to boost their income. It came fifth in the economics category of 2017 Expat Explorer Survey, with high rankings for disposable income, wage growth and career progression” the report added.
Bahrain scored well on earning potential and for raising children, with 71 percent of those questioned believing there were better opportunities than in their home countries. “Bahrain also scored highly as a place to raise children – 71 percent of expat parents believe their children have a better quality of life than in their home country and 57 percent said that Bahrain offered better health and wellbeing options for their offspring,” the report explained.

Indian Embassy holiday on Sunday October 1st

The Embassy of India shall remain closed on 1st October, 2017 (SUNDAY) & 2nd October, 2017 (MONDAY) on the occasion of Muharram and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday respectively. However, emergency consular services will be rendered by the Mission, embassy confirmed in a press release.


India has essentially grown along the banks of major rivers. Our ancient civilizations were born along the waters, and they perished when the rivers shifted course.
For many millennia, we maintained the sanctity of this relationship. But in the last few decades, due to the pressures of population and development, our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal.
  • 25% of India is turning into desert.
  • In 15 years, we may have only half the water we need for our survival.
  • The Ganga is one of the most endangered rivers in the world.
  • The Godavari was dry along much of its length last year.
  • The Kaveri has lost 40% of its flow. Krishna and Narmada have lost around 60%
In every state, perennial rivers are either becoming seasonal or totally going dry. In Kerala – the Bharatpuzha, in Karnataka – the Kabini, in Tamil Nadu – the Kaveri, Palar and Vaigai, in Odisha – the Musal, in Madhya Pradesh – the Kshipra. Many smaller rivers have already vanished.
The Narmada, Krishna and Kaveri do not reach the sea four months of the year. Water levels in almost every major river have declined severely. If we do not act now to reverse the serious decline of these lifelines, the next generation will pay a very heavy price.
How can we save our Rivers?
One  core solution to stabilize and revitalize our rivers is  creating and maintaining tree cover for a minimum of one kilometer on either side of the entire river length and half a kilometer for tributaries. The benefits of tree planting have been indisputably demonstrated by Project GreenHands.
Native forest trees would be planted in government-owned land along riverbanks. Organic fruit tree cultivation would be taken up on private farmers’ lands.
This solution ensures that rivers are restored while also enhancing farmers’ livelihood by more than doubling their income in five years. The availability of fruit also improves nutritional intake among people.
Trees help keep rivers perennial, mitigate floods and drought, increase precipitation, mitigate climate change and prevent soil erosion.
How can I contribute now?
To Submit a policy recommendation for central government, peoples support is very vital. For a large environmental movement throughout the country like this, minimum of 10 crore votes are needed. You can pledge your support by giving a missed call to the below number……….80009 80009

When is this Rally is happening?
I usually do not go out to ask anyone to spread the word etc. but this is one cause that we need to spread the word about and spread it fast as it is critical for the survival of the nation.

To create awareness and momentum amongst all sections of society and the government, Isha Foundation is organizing a “Rally for Rivers” awareness campaign in consultation and collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.
This Rally For Rivers initiative is started by Sadhguru (Isha Foundation) to spread awareness about our situation so that we can take action sooner since later is just too Late. It is not a political movement or agitation. It is a movement to make us aware of what we are facing. There is a solution to this problem provided action is taken and we must all come together for our own future as well as our farmers and nation’s future.

Red Arrows perform airshow in Kuwait

Enjoyed the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows spectacular display here in Kuwait on 28th September 2017 on the Gulf road, near the Kuwait Towers.  The show started with a 15 minutes show of the Kuwait Air Force planes , followed by a 20 minute long show which colored the sky with blue, red and white .

The crowd enjoyed watching the show and taking photos. The event was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Sheikh Mohammed State Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Sheikh Salman Al-Homoud General Director of Civil Aviation, British Ambassador to Kuwait, other officers and public.

Three Kuwait F18 airplanes, one helicopter, and nine British Hawk T1 airplanes participated in this show. The team presented different aerobatic moves such as the concord, diamond, and different maneuvers by seven airplanes, and then by two airplanes, concluded by collective maneuvers by the complete team.

The team, which flies British-built T1 Hawk fastjets, will have completed more than 4800 shows since their very first show in 1965.

The world’s premier aerobatic display team represent excellence both at home (U.K) and overseas through their display of speed, agility and teamwork.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Weekend Outing : Exploring Al Shaheed Park Kuwait

With kids growing up, their Sunday test and lot of homework and social activities, its difficult to go exploring Kuwait every weekend as we used to do before we became parents or when kids were small. But this is something which both myself, my hubby, love to do and luckily both our kids love to do. So whenever we get an opportunity we never try to miss it. When the weekend finally comes, we try to go to some place of fun and have some quality family time while exploring.

I did see few pictures of the park in facebook and it caught my attention immediately. So it was in my list to explore and off we went on a free weekend to explore it. A leisurely stroll that takes you away from Kuwait City’s hustle and bustle; a visit to Al Shaheed Park will quickly make you forget the daily grind, offering visitors a truly wonderful escape in the heart of the city.

Al Shaheed park, located on the periphery of Kuwait city, narrates the story of a land, its history and culture. The park consists of 200,000 square  meter of greenery, featuring beautiful botanical gardens, two museums - Thekra & the Habitat, a visitor center, a lake, walkways and jogging tracks, making it the largest urban park in Kuwait. There are plenty of benches to rest and take in the tranquility of the park and forget that you are in the middle of a city.

Al Shaheed Park is a project developed by Al Diwan Al Amiri and managed by LOYAC (Lothan Youth Achievement Center). When it comes to the environment, Al Shaheed Park aims to promote environmental awareness and its protection. By visiting the Habitat - a museum dedicated to the environment and bird migration in Kuwait, the visitors learn more about the different ecosystems, migratory birds and the effects of pollution through interactive learning stations.

In addition to the museum, a Bird Aviary was built outside of the Habitat to provide a resting area for the numerous migrating birds in Kuwait. By doing so, visitors also get a chance to view these different kinds of birds as they stop by to rest during their journey.
Located on the oldest and most historical ring roads of Kuwait, Al Shaheed Park contains a wealth of history waiting to be explored.The most historical elements found in the park is the Al-Shaab gate, one of the five remaining gates of the old Kuwait Wall. Named after the martyrs, the park consists of two main monuments: The Martyr Monument - a seven meter high glass sculpture built to honor the martyrs of Kuwait - and the Constitution Monument that celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Kuwaiti constitution. At Thekra, Al Shaheed Park’s memorial museum, visitors are provided with more knowledge on the history of Kuwait, its past battles and the Gulf War. In order to preserve the country’s historical and cultural values, the museum aims to collaborate with the public by offering them dedicated booths where visitors can share their past personal experiences to pass it on to the next generation. You will find army battle tanks, airplanes used during war beautifully displayed.

With the vision of becoming the leading cultural platform in the country, Al-Shaheed park grants the public with a calendar of educational and cultural programs as well outdoor and indoor spaces that can be utilised for various events and activities. Such spaces include the amphitheater, the different open grass areas around the park as well as the visitor center’s multipurpose hall. The park also features beautiful outdoor sculptures created by local artists, along with cafes and restaurants and an underground parking.

Recently, the Kuwait crowd experienced a life time experience at the Amphitheater of Al Shaheed Park where the Indian King of Rap "Badshah" captured the hearts with his live performance. An evening which glittered the Al-Shaheed Park with the torch lights of thousands of mobile phones with tapping feet’s and dancing moves of the audiences who just fumed the evening to be cherished.

We loved visiting this park. A walk around it amidst the greenery make you forget the busy bustling materialistic life and gives you peace and serenity.
Do plan a visit and I am sure you would to visit again like US J)

WOW Entrepreneurs Present Mother’s Day Contest

From the time you were born, until the age you are now, there has always been one person totally invested in your happiness : your mother.

She kept you entertained as a baby by playing with toys decades too young for her to enjoy. She picked you up from school every day to make sure she was the first to be updated on your life. And even now she still demands to know every single detail.
Tell us, is there any better friend than that?
All she wants in life is to provide for you, protect you and not forget to buy those juice packs that she knows you love the next time she goes to the store. A mom’s unconditional love is truly unmatched.
Where can you find someone who will appreciate your humor and remind you not to bite your nails? Who will do things for you without any benefit for herself? Where can one find such a selfless, genuinely kind person? Home.

Share your mom’s best advice or best quote and win exciting prizes from WOW Entrepreneurs.

 Last date to send your entries is 6th May .

You can whatsup your entries to 97193679 / 65033597  or email

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ties conducting Body Language workshop

Ties conducting Body Language interactive workshop on Wednesday 19th April 2017,from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Shuhada Area, Block (4), Street (413), Villa (67).

The workshop is presented by Dr Mohamed Makhlouf, Self Development Trainer

More information contact 25231015 or email at

IWIK : Indian ladies set for exclusive group tour to Dubai

Indian Women in Kuwait (IWIK) is all set to organize "Dubai Darshan 2017" an exclusive fun filled 3 day trip to Dubai for Indian Women living in Kuwait. The idea of group tour to Dubai came after the success of two consecutive Kuwait Darshan where the all ladies team enjoyed different sight seeing in Kuwait.

The 3 day Group tour to Dubai is planned to be on 27th, 28th and 29th April 2017. The trip is surely going to be a memorable trip, packed with loads of fun, sight-seeing, information, and happy moments with the entire group of like minded women, organizers said.

"The whole expense for a lady for this trip will be 275 KD, which includes a to z required for the entire trip," organizers said. The cost includes visa, air ticket, hotel accommodation, own transport for the entire tour, entry tickets to all places including a visit to the top floor of Burj Khalifa, food and full guided tour for the entire duration of the tour. "The participant doesn't need to pay any extra amount to enjoy this wonderful 3 days trip," organizers added. The group will leave Kuwait on 26th April night.

Few more seats are available and any Indian women above 18 years of age with a valid passport can contact the organizer as the seats and time are limited. Kids please excuse.

Indian Women In Kuwait (IWIK) is an unifying place for the Indian women residing in Kuwait, wherein the members shall learn a bit; gain a bit; have a little fun; and express themselves and their skills. Earlier IWIK Team has successfully organized a series of offline and online events such as the Rangoli Competition, X-Mas Tree Contest, Live cookery show by Tarla Dalal, Kuwait Darshan, Blood Donation Camp, Methai Contest, ICE - In Case Of Emergency workshop , MAA - Pre and Post Natal Care Seminar , My Day with Myself - IWIK picnic and a range of other competitions and programs.

Kuwaiti Dinar celebrates 56th anniversary

The national currency, the Kuwaiti Dinar (KD), will be celebrating its 56th anniversary as being the financial building block which helped the nation grow and expend.

Before replacing the Indian Rupee in 1961, the initial plans for issuing a national currency began in 1958 during which the highest authorities in Kuwait made it imperative for the country to start steps for independence both politically and economically.

With the declaration of Amiri decree 41/1960, the Kuwaiti monetary council was established to look into measures to issue the currency and coins.

In April 1, 1961, the Kuwaiti and Indian governments agreed to withdraw the Gulf Rupee, basically the Indian currency, from the Kuwaiti markets to begin efforts for replacing the banknotes with the new bill.