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Dust Storm

Posted in Indica-in-Q8 with tags on July 1, 2009 by indicainq8

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Kuwait has been experiencing dust storms continuously the past few days and the temperature in the desert has been rising to almost 50 deg C.

I’m posting here pictures of an unusually different kind of dust storm that had kicked up here some months before. Please note these photos are not photoshopped and uploaded as shot. The second picture of normal colors of a human face shows the contrast with the color of the dust storm.

According to Wikipedia:

“A dust storm or sandstorm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions and arises when a gust front passes or when the wind force exceeds the threshold value where loose sand and dust are removed from the dry surface.”

I had shot the first photograph by sticking the cam out from my office window through a busy day at work. I hope you found this post interesting.

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My World Tuesday~5: Karen

Posted in Indica-in-Q8, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 19, 2008 by indicainq8

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Karen, sister of Keith

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My World Tuesday~4: National Assembly

Posted in Indica-in-Q8 with tags , on November 11, 2008 by indicainq8

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My World Tuesday is a meme that shows the world around us. It’s simple and can be played by those who wish to show their part of the world.

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This interesting white building with its distinctive canopy is the National Assembly Building of Kuwait and is called Majlis Al-Umma in Arabic. It was designed by the famous Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, who also designed the Sydney Opera House.

Until recently, suffrage was limited to male Kuwaiti citizens above the age of 21 whose ancestors had resided in Kuwait since 1920. On May 16, 2005, the Assembly passed a law in support of women’s suffrage, allowing women to vote and run for office.

The modernity yet traditionality of the State of Kuwait is represented in its National Assembly building that was completed in 1985. The white of the building reflects the beautiful waters just beyond the building on the opposite side of Arabian Gulf road, from where I took these shots last week. The large canopy, which covers the entire building below hovers above an open courtyard and the sweeping roofs are said to have been designed to evoke Bedouin sentiments about whom I had written briefly here.

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My World Tuesday~3: Diwali

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 4, 2008 by indicainq8

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Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all over the world, and it was no exception in Kuwait. Homes of people celebrating Diwali were lit to celebrate the festive spirit. These photographs were shot on October 29, 2008 in the area where I am presently residing.

My previous posts on Diwali:

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“I am distinctly aware of my identity though I still claim to be a citizen of the world. Over the years, I kept thinking a daisy is a daisy no matter which part of the world’s soil it has sprung up from. Now I think that each daisy blossoms from a plant that has its own spot where its roots are embedded. It draws its strength from that spot. I have a sense of continuing to be rooted to my land.”

– an excerpt from my post on Diwali in Kuwait.


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SWF: Kuwait Towers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 31, 2008 by indicainq8

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The Kuwait Towers is a distinct architectural expression and a cultural icon of Kuwait. The three towers are made of reinforced concrete and located in the Kuwait City.

The main tower of 187 metres height serves as a restaurant and water tower. It has a viewing sphere which rises to 123 meters above sea leval and completes a full round every 30 minutes. The second, and middle tower, stores up to one million gallons of water. The third tower houses equipment to control the flow of electricity and illuminates the two bigger towers

The Kuwait Towers opened to the public in March 1979.

I captured these images on my way back from office last evening.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 28, 2008 by indicainq8

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Keith in Kuwait

Keith, in Kuwait

My nephew, holding prayer beads called Misbaha in his hand, is garbed in the traditional attire, Dishdasha in traditional surroundings decorated by Sadu craft work. Dishdasha is a loose, long-sleeved, ankle-length robe. Summer robes are generally white and made of cotton and winter Dishdashas can be darker and made of wool.

In 1979, in the wake of the changes brought about by modernization of Kuwait, Kuwait’s Al-Sadu Society was formed. This Society was created at Sadu House to protect and preserve Bedouin culture, particularly Bedouin crafts, from extinction. The Sadu or ‘Bedu’ weaving is the speciality of the Bedouin women who made the tent in which they lived, and its furnishings, rugs and cushions.

Photograph shot by my friend in her studio.

My World Tuesday ~1: Wedding

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 20, 2008 by indicainq8

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