365 days in Kuwait

It was on 18 March, 2016, that I got on a Kuwait Airways flight, bidding goodbye to the few things I held dear to me in Bangalore. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t miss Bangalore much.

And I was right. All I missed of Bangalore (and how!) were my two tail-wagging angels, one whose angel I was, the dear brother and the lush-lush greens and lovely colours of my lovely (rented) house garden. Trust me, nothing more. I’ll get to that later.

Though I say these were all I missed, these were the very essence of my life, and leaving them behind was not easy. Uprooting yourselves from a place you’ve called ‘home’ for  over 8 years–and a country you’ve lived your entire life until then–to move to a new place for a new job and a new way of life can’t ever be easy.

It was not. Especially not in a place like Kuwait.

What can I say about Kuwait? Well, perhaps the same thing I keep telling people who ask me how I like it. That it’s not a bad place at all. That in fact, it is quite nice (contrary to the many stories I was ‘warned’ with, prior to my accepting the offer and moving over).

Just that it isn’t a place you want to be alone in. So, what’s there to like?

  1. Well to start with, there is a beach around almost every corner. How many times have I gone to one in the past 365 days? Once.
  2. This is a foodie’s paradise. Name any cuisine and you have authentic and spurious versions of both, across all price ranges. How many have I tried? Well, very few (those too, only as part of my job).
  3. This is a fashion lover’s heaven. Brands I’ve only read of in books/seen in movies, I see all over the place here. Clothes, shoes, bags, accessories… How many have I walked into? Very few, and for obvious reasons.
  4. There are quite a few “places to see”, which can keep you busy for at least a month, if you were to do one every day. How many have I done? Perhaps five.

These obvious stuff apart, if you have the will and the time, there is A LOT that Kuwait offers to keep you occupied and interested.

There’s theatre, there’s music, there’s art, there’s all kinds of community clubs and events, there’s a variety of sports, there are many museums, there are frequent concerts, there are shows and cultural/food festivals…there’s  just a lot one can do. And for the travel lover, great connectivity (and affordable travel) to a plethora of places, especially to several that are on top of my list!

Yet, so far, I’ve only done the music. Because while time is all I’ve had aplenty, I have not yet had the will. Don’t ask me why.

I spent a good part of the past year deliberating on whether or not I’m here to stay. Well, when I decided to move here, I’d come with a three-year plan. But within a few weeks of being here, I was very tempted to covert the 3-year to a 3-month plan 😀 But now, all that’s about to change. And for the good, I hope. The three-year plan is back…and is probably now a 5-year one.

And that will mark the end of my “life” in Bangalore, leaving me with absolutely nothing to miss about Bangalore anymore. Not the traffic; not the pollution; not the roads; not the fiery lakes; not (some of) the most horrible people I’ve come across in life. It was a place I first saw around the turn of the Y2K (anyone even remember that whole end-of-the-world is here phase? :P) It was a place I then went back to in 2005 and realised I was still in love with. It was a place I permanently moved to in 2007 and then hated for the next few years…and then when all else seemed lost, started liking again in 2012. It’s a place that I began looking at sadly as a classic example of “how to destroy an awesome city.”

It will always be a familiar place…a place where some of the best and worst things of my life happened. I hope, with Kuwait, that order reverses. I started off here in the wake of the worst year of my life 😛 About time it all became the best, and with no turning back.

About time I saw Kuwait with a whole new pair of eyes and a whole new heart! Oh, and two very happy tails!

Can’t wait! ❤


12 thoughts on “365 days in Kuwait

  1. Loved your very honest checklist of all that you’ve done in Kuwait thus far. I can’t wait to read more about the place because I’ve never read about Kuwait’s wonderful side.
    Wishing you the very best of everything life has to offer.
    Take Care, Priya ❤

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  2. I love Kuwait for all the things you mentioned and wouldnt mind settling there which will never happen though.
    I love the food and that even a small dhabha like joint is neat and clean and serves tasty food. The malls are amazing. The beach side is clean and I love the changing colours of the sea, which I used to see from my room at the hotel. The traffic sense among people is AMAZING! One can never get homesick for you can get authentic Indian food too right from dhoklas to dosas.
    Here’s wishing you a fantastic time in Kuwait. Go out and explore all of it and share your experiences, P 🙂

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    • Yes, my two dogs Pumbaa (https://alphabetworld.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/day-29-me-for-him-or-him-for-me/) and Khloe (https://alphabetworld.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/day-24-i-just-noticed/).

      I would not call Kuwait a cheap country. It depends on where you come from and the kind of remuneration you get, which is absolutely skewed in (HUGE) favour of the Westerner 🙂 But, if you have a decent enough salary, you end up making a lot of money for back home since the Kuwaiti Dinar is the world’s highest value currency. The costliest bit of life here are house rents (an expat can never own a house here). The other high cost you experience (surprisingly for a country that thrives on oil) are taxi fares. And, unless you’re a Kuwaiti (by birth and religion), no matter how many years of your life you live here, you cannot become a Kuwaiti — you’ll always and forever remain an expatriate. So no, I don’t plan to be one nor do I wish to be one 🙂 I’m here for a short stay, and would love to move on to some place in Europe 🙂

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