Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Short Trip to Kuwait, Officially

clicked while driving past this popular
structure @ Kuwait -IPhone !
Made a short, official trip to Kuwait, early this month. I am not fond of travelling, really. But once I reach the destination, I love it, for the new experience.. Kuwait was no exception. Enjoyed the week-long stay!

Kuwait was hotter, and also humid, unlike my karmabhoomi. Humidity was attributed to Indian monsoon though :)
Loved the place for its sheer variety and limited-openness ( better vis-a-vis Dubai, which is 'too open'!) The sheer variety of cars on roads.... wow! Saw many driving my fav car, Porche Cayenne.
Kuwait can definitely boast of a high proportion of women drivers.
A friend made an interesting observation, 'most mallus drive Pajero'. Perhaps one of the mallu-super-stars (mammotty/mohanlal/suresh gopi) may be driving a Pajero, with folded dhoti/mundu ! :)

In spite of high temperature during the day, I went to the Udupi restaurant ( veggie only!), for lunch, not once but for three consecutive days!
A friend took me to the Japanese restaurant. Great location, but not a veggie's delight !

Hotel Marina seen from Marina Mall
Was unable to check out Asha's, supposed to be one of the best Indian restaurants, owned by Asha Bhonsle, at Marina Mall.
(Ashaji has joined the bandwagon demanding a Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar!! No comments !!)
Stayed at Hotel Marina, one of the best places I have stayed in recent past. Great location, fantastic sea-view, great people & service. I was pleasantly surprised when the GM, who was at the lobby, passed by to greet and exchange pleasantries. But, veg-option in menu was a disappointment and the chef did not bother to help either, when requested. But hope to come back with family...

The term, Success, always fascinated me. Like so many other things in our lives, 'Success' means different things to different people. One of the parameters of success I consider is the number of self-less friends we can count on. God has been very kind to me,  on this front too. Kuwait visit was memorable, thanks to some old friends and new friends through them...


Putta said...


One of the definitions of SUCCESS that I have been drawn close to is - "True success is the progressive expansion of happiness. It is the ability to express spontaneous joy and share it with others".

Yes, being successul in job and obtaining wealth also gives us happiness to some extent. And if we can be happy irrespective of our situations / circumstances, or even inspite of them - then we are successful in life.

Apart from being an ideal, it also seems to be a good metric to measure as well. And yes, when selfless friends come into our life, there is no limit to Happiness getting expanded. It also leads to a spontaneous expression of joy !!

SUBS said...

'progressive expansion of happiness'... superb!That is going beyond 'samastha loka...'. Proactively spreading genuine happiness.

I remember reading long back, some said- success is also to get along with children.
If we can retain a child-like innocence, joy, spontaneity...