Beyond horizons, Embracing changes...

Posted on 2/20/2019

Little did I know before leaving India in October 2017 that Kuwait would not only prove to be my second home but also a torch bearer lighting new paths.

When husband informed that he had received a good job offer in Kuwait, I was suddenly numb! Leaving home country for an altogether strange one sounded like a terrible news. Millions of questions throbbed in head while heart cried silently. Pictures of old Kuwait was sufficient to invite worries in my head. Needless to say, I was completely oblivious of how Kuwait has evolved over time and years. And the best way to witness would be to see it all by myself.

On the eve of October 22nd, we landed on Kuwait airport and left in a taxi for our home.

Despite of the encumbering sadness of leaving India, I could see the well formed infrastructure. Roads are excellent and lined creatively with greenery. Shopping malls such as Avenues grabbed my attention. Air is clean, people abiding traffic rules, proper garbage disposal management...I feel Kuwait is a profound example of technology and architecture standing side by side. New country feels closer when such things are already taken care well by the government.

Slowly, I started to see how Kuwait is welcoming to new people. As an Indian, I feel it’s essential to be able to connect to a new place. It’s part of our culture. Visiting Bait Al Othman showed us that Kuwait and India are actually a lot alike in culture and cuisine.

Kuwait has offered us such love and acceptance which is hard to miss. Where we were nervous around locals in the beginning, now we feel one of them. As a housewife, I was stressed about getting my Indian cuisine but various Indian restaurants and shops make us comfortable. Our favourite, Filter Coffee, is not readily available though yet we go distances to satiate the craving.



We enjoyed visiting places such as Kuwait towers, Mirror House, Scientific Centre etc. Kuwait towers give you a beautiful rotating platform to witness sunset. We loved it! Mirror House is amazing to say the least. It’s one of the biggest attractions. We visited Scientific Centre on January 1st. It’s a remarkable place for a family visit. Why? We had imagined it to be like those scientific museums with facts and models laid out for information but Scientific Centre in Kuwait is actually a lot different. It filled us with pleasant surprises.

What more? My second book came out right after shifting here. I got my books here with the permission of Ministry of Information. Seeing my books in a country other than India makes me proud. I also started my Facebook musician page.

Joining Instagram was the next step. IG was an unknown territory to me but new places give new ideas, prompt you for experiments, and to gain new experiences. I now enjoy Instagram.

On family front, our kid is now able to strengthen his love for cricket. He gets to play several friendly and rival matches with other teams. We can see that the government supports the expatriates in several ways. Just last year when Kuwait witnessed unexpected horror of rainfalls, the government showed the support which means a lot for us.

I became a member of three organizations in Kuwait. I am an author but Writers’ Forum helps me to evolve from an amateurish poet to a professional one. Recently on February 8th, I participated in Multilingual Kavi Sammelan/Mushaira organized by Writers’ Forum. I took up to one of my childhood memories in a form of poem and recited it on such big stage. It was a moment of pride for me.

In Maurya Kala Parisar, I received wonderful opportunities to perform such as book interactive session and stage singing. At Toastmasters Internationals (TI), I have commenced the journey to refine myself as a public speaker. TI matches my vision of public speaking on every level.

Not only these three but there are many more opportunities and organizations to become a part of. Some of my friends have a job in schools and they are happy.
It actually comes down to how much one is willing to come forward. For me, moving to Kuwait is full of new ideas and opportunities. I have also conducted sessions on child abuse in a few schools here. I also had an honour of reciting my poem on World Hindi Day on invitation by Indian Embassy.

Living in Kuwait has been an adventure; one that was not in my list but I embraced it nevertheless. Here we have been able to connect with people from different walks of life. We have a friend circle that is ready to reach out in need. We enjoy celebrating all kinds of festivals. At my Toastmasters club, we are celebrating Hala February this month which is a wonderful way to learn about this country.

They say, accept what you can’t change. And this is exactly what I did. For the first few months, I was restless, sad and often teary eyed. I missed India so much! But once I decided to embrace the changes, new place, new culture, and new cuisine, things start to fall in place. Country which was strange earlier now feels like home. Each place has a home to offer, even the ones beyond horizons for which we are grateful.

We will keep trying to contribute for its betterment, in as many ways as possible. Here is to the well being of Dear Kuwait.




Priyanka Baranwal is an Author, Blogger (two blogs: Pages from my life, and Pages from my life in Hindi), Guitarist and a Poet. She has written two books - It's Never Too Late... (To fight against your biggest enemy: Fear) and The Shadow of Darkness (It ends where it started). Both the books are available in India as well as in Kuwait. She is also a member of Maurya Kala Parisar, Timber Talker Toastmasters and Writers' Forum in Kuwait.
Priyanka loves music, writing, reading, and traveling. She is currently based in Kuwait with her family.



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