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An Indian sojourn of a Kuwaiti
Posted on 2/24/2013
‘’Namaste’’ and it was a warm welcome to the Kuwait citizen, Ali Al-Sayegh, to India. He travelled to Coorg, the hill station at Karnataka, India for 6 days, a couple of weeks back. ‘’I love India and Indians’’, he says.

Adding to the experience of working with Indians, for more than a decade, ’’trustworthy’’, at his organisation at Kuwait, Ali Al Sayegh toured to the real India and the Indian culture. ‘’I reached Bangalore in the wee hours of the day and amidst travelling to Coorg from Bangalore by road, I saw India, the Indian culture and the beauty’’. The Orange county, an exquisite resort, at the hill station of the Coorg received him, and their guest was ‘’cared’’ next to God.

The resort amid coffee plantations, and nature, is ‘’the best place to relax’’. The food, apart from the luxury of the country resort, is ‘’exquisite’’. He cherishes the flavour and the taste of vegetarian delicacies. ‘Paneer’, he uttered and I could see his lip smacking. He showed the photograph of Jalebi and he compared with Kuwait sweet, Zelabia, of the same taste and texture. ‘’I said the chef in the restaurant at Orange county that he equals a hundred European chefs’’, he told me.

He loved the coffee plantations, the trees, the nature, and the facilities at the resort and he believes that it is a part of the hospitality doctrine of India. ‘’The people are simple to the core’’, and he finds the difference between Coorg and Mysore, which are just few kilometers away. ‘’I have seen the sarees worn in dissimilar styles, and even the attire of men are not same’’, he adds.

‘’I went around Coorg and Mysore. How religiously harmonious is India!’’ The river at the village, the Golden temple of Kushal Nagar, the Maharaja Palace of Mysore, the streets, Indian attires, the shops, the artifacts..he speaks volumes. The murals and the architecture of the Palace at Mysore enticed him. The folklore of Kodagu is brought close to his heart, with watching the folk dances arranged at the resort on all the evenings. ‘’India indeed has a rich culture and tradition. Where ever Indians are, they carry the essence of their country’’. He did his graduation at United States of America, and he knows most other countries and their way of life too, but he says ‘’India is unique’’.

He has collected sandal woods, shawls and relics of Indian tradition, when he flew back to Kuwait. ‘’I already have a good collection of Indian music’’. He hails the driver of the cab he journeyed throughout the Coorg and Mysore. ‘’He is too generous. He took me to the government shops and I got Indian stuff low priced’’. He also bought ‘’natural honey and coffee’’.

How good is India! With an exclamatory remark, he reveals his wish of exploring more of India in future, by the ‘’royal tourism packages of Indian railways’’. India is all about ‘’beauty and peace’’.

Report: As reported to IIK

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