Since the Independence day celebrations of Kuwait are just round the corner,I thought I would write a little of how things have changed ,in my eyes, In this country.
I was born here and have lived here,lets see,Im 33 n half minus 9,that is I have lived here for 24 years of my life.Back then,before Gulf war happened,life was calm,more reserved and friendly.People wore abayas a lot.Abayas are actually long flowing free size black dresses,women wear,according to the religion.It neednt be black but black hides a lot.Many people take this to be sort of oppressive thing for a woman but it isnt actually,now that Im a muslim,I know the truth much better.As per the regulations of the religion,One wears an abaya,so that she doesnt let men drool over her beauty or whatever men look for kicks.Over the years,abaya actually has lost its true meaning.They have become fitting,very fashionable and women actually paint themselves with every possible cosmetic,so what you dont see bodywise,you see it in their faces.After all,eyes are the pathways (or whatever ways) to the soul.So if Im raising an eye brow every time a handsome guy passes by or pout,Im conveying my message much better than maybe my body could.
People back then respected people of all nationalities unlike now you look like a maid coz you are wearing a uniform 24/7,which clearly is indicative of your job.I find that repulsive but I guess,it puts each and every person in the house ,in place.Plus,In a uniform ,she wont look appealing,mainly anyone who looks at her will sigh ! Oh,its just the naukrani.
Of course,cost of living was way way way low back then.People literally saved a lot back then and still lived the kind of life they wanted to live abroad.Now,people cry over pennies coz each of them count and make the difference for some.
Now ,everything is hi-fi.Every possible designer label is here,every sinful pleasure is available ,every kind of people are here,some of them weird,some of them good, and some of them just dont deserve it all.What I found happening a lot nowadays,is people trying to blend in to look like Kuwaitis.Everyone trys to wear hip clothes,so they cant be told apart from the locals.Nowadays, as abayas are just vanishing,you cannot differentiate between europeans and kuwaitis.Some are modest of course even in western outfits but not all.In the end,tose who can afford this living,do and the rest who cant,just wear their traditional outfits.
Food,the very reason almost 75% of the people in total from all countries,is abundant and the availability of it everywhere at every stop,has made us obese.Most are obese,a little less are over weight and very few lucky ones are thin.Every possible food brand,exotic or local or imported from every country is available here.No american or brit or indian or french or euorpean or pakistani or filipini or chinese or japanese will ever be disappointed coz they will find it all here.Organic food is too expensive to buy ,so people go for the gentically engineered khana which is cheap and everyone loves.KFC,Burgers of every possible brand and so on and so forth.I did love it at point but I think its too cheap and bad for health.Not worth pouring all that cholesterol into your body.Since I have lived amidst this food al my life,I dont find it so appealing.But I did notice in India and Pakistan,when yo go to such food courts,people automatically think you are either from abroad or very rich to eat crap like that.I do love to eat outside but usually,I eat snacks or stuff I cant cook and rarely,when i havent cooked for the day.I tend to pile on very quickly,so better lay off of it for the sake of my health.
Im really wishing I can go out on the national days to see the awesome firework and laser displays and all the fun that entails with it.My husband will be at work throughout the days,so it can only be a miracle ,if I get to go out and click pictures after pictures of everything and be able to write a report in the form of pictures.The next grand celebration might be 25 years from now and I dont know if I will youthful enough to go in such crowded places and have fun.But again,Im asking for a miracle.
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