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"I watch Hindi films, listen to old Hindi songs, to remind myself about my Mumbai days" - Dr Dashti

IIK Staff Reporter Wednesday, February 23, 2022
"I watch Hindi films, listen to old Hindi songs, to remind myself about my Mumbai days" - Dr Dashti

I sometimes watch old Hindi films of Devanand and Dilip Kumar to remind myself of my old Mumbai days. I also enjoy the old golden melodies of Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh... their songs still persist, and it's very nice to listen to them, Dr Dashti said.

Dr Hussain Dashti is a senior professor at the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Kuwait University.

In the year 1968, Dr Dashti got a scholarship from the Indian government and travelled to Mumbai for his studies. He did his two years of Intermediate in Jai Hind College, which is also called Sindhi College, at that time. After that, he got admission to GS medical college (King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital) in Parel, Mumbai. After completing his MBBS in 1974, Dr Dashti also worked for community medicine in a village near Mumbai for around three months, which was then compulsory in India.

"The life was full of fun. I met a lot of people in Mumbai, learned Hindi, met many actors at that time, but the study was not that easy," Dr Dashti recollects his Mumbai days during an exclusive chat with IndiansinKuwait.com.

"As I came from Arabic school, my English was not that great compared to my Indian classmates. I had to compete with Indians who had better English than me. After the class, I used to sit for 14 to 16 hours just to revise what the teacher taught at the classroom. Exams were very tough. Unlike the multiple-choice question nowadays, we used to write long essays as the answer. But slowly, I started picking up everything and managed," Dr Dashti said.

My life at Mumbai was very lovely at that time, Dr Dashti said. The city was not crowded and travelling by train was so easy and fun. We used to stay in Church Gate, which was the central city in Mumbai. Trains used to start from there and go to other places, Dr recollects.

Dr Dasti with Dilip Kumar

Today after 50 years, when we look at Mumbai, it is too much grown up. Dr Dashti, who went to Mumbai recently for the college reunion as part of its 50th anniversary, found the Mumbai city very difficult to manage. "It is completely changed. So crowded and congested," Dr Dashti said.

As the culture between India and Kuwait shares many similarities, life in India was not at all a problem. "I never felt homesick... Food was not at all a problem as Indian food have many similarities with the food we used to have it here in Kuwait." Doctor recollects his weekly visit to the postman to receive a letter from Kuwait, which his mother used to write.

As he was associated with the cultural wing at Kuwait Consulate in Mumbai during his studies, he got a lot of opportunities to attend many Indian cultural programs. "This helped me to have good relationships with the Indians. I became very close to the Indian Doctors; they became my friends, and I am still in connection with them."

Dr Dasti during his Mumbai life

Watching Hindi movies talking with my classmates and friends in Hindi helped me learn Hindi fluently. I still listen to Hindi songs and watch Hindi movies, Dr Dashti said. Watching old Hindi movies reminds me of my days in India. Like how we spend our weekends in Mumbai with friends by going to 'matinee' shows of Raj Kapoor, Shami Kapoor, Vaijanthimala etc..

India is a big country, and it is very difficult for someone to go and visit all places. In addition to Mumbai, Dr Dashti visited several places, including New Delhi, Aagrah- Taj Mahal, Chandhigar, Kashmir, Goa, Chennai etc. For the current generation, it will be difficult to visit India without a proper guide as they don't know which part of India to visit. If any Kuwaiti friends wish to go and see the beauty of India, its architecture, history of 5000 years of Indian Temple, etc I suggest having a good guide.

Indian doctors are honest, hardworking and very loyal to their workplace. I am very proud to have them as my friends here in Kuwait, Dr Dashti said.

However, it will be challenging for young Kuwaitis to graduate from India. The studies are very tough. But India is good for doing their post-Graduation or to get better experiences in their field of studies, Dr Dashti said.

Dr Dasti and his son Dr Mohammed

Dr Dashti's son Dr Mohammed, a Urology specialist at Mubarak Hospital, also has great memories about India. Dr Mohammed had been to Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and many other places.

I was 18 or so when I went to India. My whole life in Mumbai was very nice, I had a very good time there, and I don't have any regrets. My life started there, and all the old memories are wonderful and cherishable ones, Dr Dashti said.


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Murali
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Nice article about Dr. Dashti and his beautiful memories of studying in Mumbai. Long live Indo-Kuwait relationship.

Shabu Mathew
Friday, February 25, 2022
Happy National & Liberation Day
Very nice description about Mumbai and Dr. Dashti testimony. Hope he would have really enjoyed seeing all his old friends at the Golden Jubilee Anniversary. KEM is one of the prestigious Hospital in Mumbai. We reciprocate the same feelings when after marriage came to Kuwait starting a New Chapter. We really enjoyed the long 22 years of stay in Kuwait especially the Food , Culture & Community. I even learned to speak Arabic as my initial 8 years was in the KOC Oil fields. Our kids were born and raised up there. At the moment relocated to Pennsylvania, USA but sweet memories of Kuwait always s embedded in our Heart. Insha Allah we will visit soon someday to catch up with our old friends.

Aliyas Dsouza
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Dr. Dashti''s comments and his experience in Mumbai and India were very nice, since he studied here in Mumbai and his love for Hindi movies is natural, I lived and worked in Kuwait for 10 years my experience in Kuwait was wonderful Kuwaitis are very understanding and kind hearted, they have a special place in their heart for India

Nazar
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Nice memories! Thanks for sharing...
Though I am an Indian, I have never seen this Mumbai in my life. Neither the distance nor the expense is a matter but laziness to travel such a long distance. And never thought of visiting all those nice locations during the time of my vacation. I''m at the age of 40 now.
Long live Kuwait!

Ram Bhat
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Very interesting article. Dr. Dashti is an admirable personality and a bridge to our cultural ties between Kuwait and India. May almighty god bless him health happiness and prosperity

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