The most important quality of a physician should be compassion
“When you know you have help relieve pain, misery and disease, when you see a smile on the patients face, you experience a remarkable sense of job satisfaction,” said Dr. Ramesh Pandita. With his multifaceted personality and charisma, Dr. Pandita has been part of a wide range of activitie in the field of health and was even featured as part of the Voice of America’s ‘Meri Kahani’.
Changing role of Food -From a necessity to something aspirational
He weaves magic with his hand while cooking food, preparing dishes that have always been a gourmet delight.
Mum, Dad and the doctor are Baby’s best friends
Report by- Darlynn Amara
The field of Neonatology has seen many recent advances. As a sub-specialty of pediatrics it consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn infant.
Grass-root level education and awareness are key to sound public health: Dr Grover
A long time veteran in Kuwait’s medical field, Dr. Vinod Grover speaks about himself, his experience and his specialty.
Unique interpersonal relationship between students and teachers - Patricia Whelan
Shabana H. Shaikh
The British School of Kuwait (BSK) needs no elaborate introduction.
A step towards preserving environment
By Shabana H. Shaikh
Annually, April 22 is Earth Day, observed by millions around the globe with various nature and environmental activities and conservation programmes. In 2010, more than one billion people in over 180 countries around the globe were estimated to have celebrated the day. In Kuwait, environmental issues and initiatives tend to placed on the back burner. Yet, social entrepreneurs, K’S PATH, has inarguably bridged a gap, and provided much needed support to animal-life and the environment.
Soaring obesity and rising diabetes rings alarm bells in Kuwait
Kuwait seems to be bursting at the seams with sky rocketing growth in obesity and — linked to it — diabetes, with recent research placing the country at the top of these unhealthy lists.
Understanding students key to shaping their future
Central Indian School Principal Shantha Maria James
Twenty seven years ago Shantha Maria James was caught in a dilemma as she had a small daughter and lot of other responsibilities to adhere to in the family.
Better Books for brighter tomorrows
Nestled away in a corner of one of Kuwait’s busiest suburbs of Salmiya is a community goldmine that has only just started getting the attention it deserves.
Better Books and Café in its very essence is so much more than a bookstore. The heart of the establishment runs on the joys of reading. With over 25,000 used and new books, of which almost half are for children, it houses everything from encyclopedias to comics. The store however, has a unique twist — it allows their customers to return books they have bought for half its value in store credit. Walking down the stairs into the basement store transports visitors to a place like none other in Kuwait. With rows upon rows of neatly arranged and categorized books in all sizes and colors for all ages, even an occasional reader would be pleased. For avid readers, Better Books is paradise. Maxine Meilleure, the co-owner of Better Books has combined her love of books and reading with her passion of encouraging youth to indulge in this waning habit. “I have been in Kuwait for 20 years now and have had several startup business ideas, but this is the only one that came through, probably because of how strongly I felt about it.”
The store duly boasts budget books which range from KD 1 – KD 3 in all genres — enough to satisfy any bookworm without serious dents to the wallet. This especially caters to younger readers who can afford to spend and recycle their allowances many times over for a far greater value. “With ridiculously high prices for books in Kuwait, it’s only natural that people would be discouraged to read,” Maxine said, “Better Books actually tries to revive the reading culture that has been lost over a generation.” Comfortable beanbags dot the carpeted center of the store, where parents and their children sit together reading. The family-centric concept is a goal that Better Books brings to the foreground effortlessly by encouraging parents to come in with their children for some quality time together.
At no charge, you can take your little ones and introduce them to the beauty of books, opening up a window of opportunities. Older children can spend time in the ‘Read and Relax’ areas where tiny rooms have been set up for some quiet reading. Co-owner Sandeep Chabba added, “We used to have kids come in and stand for a good hour in the aisles reading a book they probably couldn’t purchase. That’s when we decided to set up a space to encourage young minds to continue expanding, at no cost.” Customers seemed to have only compliments for the values of the establishment; they appreciated the fact that Better Books are inculcating a habit of reading among the young. Many of the regulars knew exactly what they are looking for and can tell a great book from a good book, picking up the best for their young ones. Maxine says she likes getting to know her customers well. “I’m always interested in what they pick and based on that we recommend other books that they would like.
I also encourage them to bring books back to keep the cycle going,” she said. Better Books also accepts books you may want to give away and will offer you store credit for them after conducting an assessment. Although new books ship in every week, customers can also request a book by special order that they will then arrange for. Over time Maxine says she has gotten savvier about which books sell and which stay on the shelves and has gotten choosier about books that come in. Despite having back rooms filled with books to categorize and assess, Maxine is happy to spend some time with the kids who come in. It is not however, a day-care center, she said firmly.
Younger children must be accompanied by parents when spending time at the store. Better Books has evolved into more of a community center in the vicinity since its inception two years ago. Several groups schedule and conduct activities in the spacious halls that are rented out, including Toastmaster groups, gavel clubs, aerobics, yoga and dance classes — all of which keep the place constantly bustling with vibrant activity throughout the week. Better Books has other ongoing projects like Better Fashion, Better Events and Better Parties. There are a few more projects in the pipeline, including Better Bazaars. In the summers, they also provide teens with an internship, teaching them how to run a business, deal with people and money, thereby giving young adults a sense of responsibility. “For a while, I have noticed that kids in the vicinity are often loitering around because they have nothing to do,” said Sandeep, “They waste so much of their time and are always getting into trouble.” “Better Books tries to ground them, giving them a place to enjoy spending time in learning and enjoying with friends — one that they can even consider a summer internship at,” he said. Maxine believes that children, as well as grownups, who enjoy reading are so different from the average and Better Books is glad to be part of the development of young minds in the community. There is a reason why it is known as Better Books — it really is a better idea than most of us have had in a very long time.
Report By Darlynn Amara
Mubarak Al Rashed: ‘I am a Saccha Sangeet Preemi’
By Shabana H. Shaikh
This indeed reads like a Bollywood-style script. A decade ago, a Kuwaiti youth was dining at Mugal Mahal, while soft karaoke of old Hindi melodies played in the background.
The magic of Janak Khendry
Janak Khendry is such a multi-dimensional and versatile person that one cannot but be mesmerized in his company. A man whose mission is to touch the hearts of people whether through dance, music, art or culture, or just by the positive vibes of his presence, Janak comes across as an extremely pleasing and special person.
Jamal Ahmad – An icon of inspiration to the Banking Industry
Q8india.com, the well known news portal in Kuwait recently had the pleasure of having a chat with Jamal Ahmad, Executive General Manager of the Risk Management Division of Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait.
Special Report : A Parents Viewpoint With A Child With Autism By Dr. Pooja
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
Q8India Exclusive Interview with Dr. Amir Ahmed President Indian Doctors Forum
Indian Doctors Forum – spreading the message of compassion
The Indian Doctors Forum (IDF), a forum of Indian doctors residing in Kuwait, was established in 2004, as a non-profit, socio-cultural organization and registered with the Indian embassy in Kuwait. With more than 500 members, representing over 80 percent of the Indian doctors residing in Kuwait, and as an affiliate of Kuwait Medical Association (KMA), the Forum is the voice of their compatriots practicing in Kuwait.
Exclusive Interview with Homi Ranina Supreme Court advocate & Director of the Reserve Bank of India
Al Mulla International Exchange Company, the premier exchange company in Kuwait, in association with the Kuwait Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Indian Doctors Forum,Kuwait held a thought-provoking seminar on Indian Budget 2012-2013, at the Futouh Ballroom of The Regency Hotel on Tuesday, 20th March, 2012.
Julio Cardoso | Star Indian Football Stalwart in Kuwait
Julio Cardoso, a popular figure on the football and social field and one of the most prominent personalities among Goans in Kuwait is an undisputed football legend among Indians in Kuwait. He has been playing football since 1979 in Kuwait and has excelled as a brilliant goalkeeper with an agile body and quick reflexes
Hailing from the pristine village of Galgibaga, Cancona in South Goa, Julio Cardoso and his beloved wife Zinia celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary recently by completing 25 years of successful wedded life together in January 2012.
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on Santoor – personifying Indian musical ethos
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the Indian santoor virtuoso, enthralled an exclusive gathering of diplomats and special invitees with a spellbinding musical recital at the Regency Hotel Ballroom on the evening of February 29.
Mr. Titus E.D – Director & General Manager, BEC - Kuwait
Mr. Titus E.D. 45 years old, is presently the Director and General Manager of Bahrain Exchange Company Kuwait. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from India and is an alumni of R.A. Podar College in Mumbai. He has his roots in Kerala and is from the Enamakel family in fort Cochin.
Before taking charge of BEC Exchange in 1999, Mr.Titus was General Manager of Bahrain Financing Company, which is the sister company of BEC in Bahrain. He was also the president of the Indian Club in Bahrain .
As early as, In the Year 2000, Mr.Titus was listed in the “Who’s Who of the Arab World”. Under his vision BEC Exchange , has grown today to 22 branches spread all over Kuwait.
Dr. Narayanan Nampoory – Doctor with a Golden Heart
Dr. N. Nampoory, the well known Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician in Kuwait has been working in Ministry of Health for more than 16 years and is the Founder President of much acclaimed Indian Doctors Forum in Kuwait. He is also the current president of IDF Kuwait and hails from Ernakulam in Kerala. He worked at Kottayam Medical College as associate professor for sometime before leaving for Saudi Arabia in 1981, where he set up a series of new dialysis centres. In 1988, he joined Mubarak Hospital in Kuwait to work in the Nephrology Department as a consultant. Since 1994 Dr Nampoory worked both at Mubarak Hospital and Hamad Al Essa Organ Transplant Centre. Since 2004, he has been working exclusively at the transplant centre. Dr Nampoory is a gentle and extremely helpful person for the community.
Mrs. Asha Sharma : An Eminent Educationalist from Delhi, the Founder Principal and Manager of “Indian Learners Own Academy” in Kuwait
As a part of delivering Quality Information to all the Indians living in Kuwait, Q8india.com, a Community Portal dedicated for Indians living in Kuwait arranged an Interview with Eminent Educationalist Mrs. Asha Sharma, the Founder Principal and the Manager of “Indians Own Learners Academy”, Kuwait.