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Contents LoYACY Staff Abrar Al Shammari

‫ﻣﻦ أﻧﺎ ؟‬ ٥-٤‫ص‬

AbdulMohsen Al Mayyas

Staff Writer Photographer

Nora Al Ruwaished

Staff Writer

Ahmed Nassar

Staff Writer

Naser Al Wasmi Unlocking Mobarakiya Pg 6 - 8

Staff Writer

Editor in Chief

Rana AbdulRahim

Graphic Designer

Nadia Al Saqqaf

Editor in Chief

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Cover Art

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The Force of Faith Pg 16 - 17 Invincible Chef

Pg 28 - 30

Vintage Queen Pg 20 - 22

Paul Coello Kicked out Pg 24 - 26

K4K Reaches Out Pg 32 - 33


Tora Bora Pg 34 - 35

Flesh of My Flesh Mind of My Mind Pg 48 - 50

Ocean of Life Pg 52 - 53 How to Write in Arabic Pg 36 - 37

‫ﺣﻮار ﻣﻊ ﻣﺤﻤﺪاﻟﺒﻮﻋﺰﻳﺰي‬ ٣٩ - ٣٨ ‫ص‬

Mi Chiamo Aventador Pg 40 - 42

Back to School Pg 44 - 45

Loyac Events Pg 46

Fashion Changes Pg 56 - 57

Food For Your Mood Pg 58 The Colors of Constantinople Pg 62 - 63

Supporting Emerging Leaders Pg 64 - 65


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Profiles

Unlocking Mubarakiya

Written by:  Noura  Al  Ruwaished

Photographer: AbdulMohsen  Saad  Al  Mayyas

escape the   smell.   This   is   what   anyone   would   see   and   feel   whether   they   walked   through   Mubarakiya   over   Ƥˆ–››‡ƒ”•ƒ‰‘ǡ‘”‹ˆ–Š‡›™‡––‘†ƒ›Ǥ Although   Kuwait   has   changed   drastically  camels  have  been  replaced   with   Ferrari’s   and   tents   are   reserved   for  dessert  dwellers  the  Souq  has  not become   anymore   extravagant   than   it   was   when   it   opened.   This   is   the   essence   that   should   try   to   be   preserved   to   remember   how   Kuwait   began,   and   to   remind   everyone   where   Kuwaiti’s   came   from. I   was   searching   for   the   perfect   set   of   kind   and   welcoming   eyes.   These   interviews   were   going   to   be   tricky,   and   my   coworker’s   intimidating   Canon   camera   lens   was   probably   not   going   to   help   us   much. Strolling   nervously   past   the   date   merchants   once,   then   twice,   and   near  aborting  the  mission,  I  caught  a   benevolent  smile  from  a  man  behind   grey   eyes,   peppered   hair,   a   strong   jawline,   and   a   moustache   that   was   well  maintained.  His  blue  apron    was     covered   with   debris   from   the   last   sand   storm   and   stains   that   proved       Walking   through   the   streets   of   but,   it   can   be   sad   at   the   same   time   he  had  been  carrying  heavy  boxes  of   Souq   Mubarakiya,   one   can   sense   ‹ˆ Š‹•–‘”› ‹• …‘’Ž‡–‡Ž› •ƒ…”‹Ƥ…‡†Ǥ †ƒ–‡•ƒ”‘—†Š‹•…Ž‘•‡–•‹œ‡†Dz‘ƥ…‡dzǤ that  thousands  of  feet  have  stepped   Glance   around,   take   in   the   sight   on   the   same   soil.   The   streets   have   witnessed   wide-­‐eyed   young   boys   of   cracked   asphalt   streets,   dormant   searching   for   the   perfect   toy,   grow   puddles   of   murky   water   and   into  bearded  men  buying  Bokhour  for   desperate   sales   pitches   from   hard   their   own   homes,   and   toys   for   their   working   yet   exhausted   merchants.   own   young.   Shops   emerge   and   fall,   The   scents   change   drastically   as   you   merchants   with   the   familiar   smile   move   from   one   area   of   the   Souq   to   that  shoppers  know  so  well  will  one   another—with   most   being   repulsed   day  pass  away  or  leave  the  business.   „› –Š‡ •‡ŽŽ ‘ˆ ˆ”‡•Š ”ƒ™ Ƥ•Šǡ ƒ† Change   is   a   beautiful   part   of   life,   relieved   to   enter   a   perfume   store   to

“I was held as a prisoner of war in the Iraqi Invasion for eight months.“

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Abu Hussein,   an   Iranian   date   merchant,   would   shed   light   on   his   experience   in   Souq   Muabarakiya.   We   approached   him   politely,   and   ‹–”‘†—…‡† ‘—”•‡Ž˜‡• ƒ• •–ƒơ ™”‹–‡”• for   a   magazine.   He   humbly   accepted   our   request   to   be   interviewed.Forty-­‐ six   years—46   years   this   man   has   been   part   of   the   Mubarakiya,   seen   it   change,   witnessed   people   come   and   go,   and   felt   the   hit   of   corporate   „—•‹‡••‡• ƒơ‡…– –Š‡ •ƒŽ‡• ƒ– ‘—Ǥ It   is   natural   that   it   made   him   feel   special   to   explain   his   personal   story   that   someone   cared   enough   to   ask.   Surely  the  amounts  of  people  who  do   are   few   and   far   between.   He   took   a   seat  on  the  small  black  wooden  stool   resting  outside  his  shop  and  explained   that   the   Souq   used   to   be   so   much   more  active,  with  returning  customers   and   familiar   faces   on   the   daily.

•ƒ›• –Š‡”‡ ƒ”‡ •‘ ƒ› †‹ơ‡”‡– brands similar  to  his  that  it  is  nothing   unique   anymore.   As   much   as   they   lower   the   prices,   people   still   go   to   larger   and   more   convenient   places   to   buy   dates.   Sales   and   the   market   are   no   longer   good   for   these   date   merchants.   The   usual   workday   for   Abu  Hussein  and  his  colleagues  (who   crowded  around  to  inquire  about  the   occasion  and  ask  for  a  picture  of  their   store   to   be   taken)   is   everyday   from   6am  to  midnight.  During  this  time  he   only   takes   an   hour-­‐long   break   around   noon   to   eat   lunch,   have   a   shower   and   return.   Fridays   are   an   exception   because   he   comes   in   from   10   am   to   12   midnight.   He   explained   this   entire   procedure   with   a   content   look,   and   when   asked,   he   told   responded   that   Š‡ DzŽ‘˜‡• Š‹• ™‘” ƒ– –Š‡ ‘—“Ǥdz

shop, a   clerk   in   an   Iranian   market   ƒ† ‘™ ƤƒŽŽ› ƒ †ƒ–‡ ‡”…Šƒ–ǡ which   he   says   is   his   favorite   occupation.   In   the   crucial   weather,   the   dates   seem   to   survive   regardless   of   the   heat,   much   like   Abu   Hussein.   He   has   grown   used   to   the   heat   and   the  dust,  as  most  of  his  life  has  been   lived  outdoors  as  a  dedicated  worker,   where   he   makes   a   life   for   himself.     Day  in  and  day  out,  this  is  his  reality.   As  you  can  tell  from  the  pictures,  it  is   nothing   but   a   mere   box   with   a   tiny   broken   air   conditioner,   and   a   stool.   It  was  stacked  to  the  roof  with  dates   and   date   products,   leaving   hardly   any   space   to   maneuver.   Yet,   this   man   maintained   a   sense   of   dignity   and   pride   in   his   work,   and   truly   seemed  at  ease  with  the  life  he  lives.

„— —••‡‹ ™ƒ• Ƥ”•– ƒ ˆƒ”‡”ǡ It was   stacked   to   the   roof   with   then   a   construction   worker,   an   dates   and   date   products,   leaving   The   only   place   to   buy   dates   was   in   the   Souq   in   the   past.   Now,   he employee   of   a   currency   exchange   hardly   any   space   to   maneuver.   2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٩


Profiles from  onyx   my   least   favorite   stone   is   that  people  come  in  asking  if  they  have   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;ĆĄÇĄÂ&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020;Â?ÇŻÂ&#x2013; charge   them   the   correct   price.   They   do  not  understand  the  market,  and  if   they  did  they  would  realize  that  Kuwait   Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;ÇŻÂ&#x2022; Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Ǥdz The   low   demand,   correlating   with   the  lack  of  tourists  in  Kuwait  provides   for   a   cheap   stone   in   comparison   to   the   market   in   the   dense   tourist   population   of   China   for   example.   Mubarakiya,   and   Kuwait   in   general   is   the   best   place   to   purchase   rare   stones,   and   if   one   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   convinced,   ask   for   a   receipt   of   authenticity.   Prices   are   determined   like   that   of   Â&#x192; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2020;ÇĄ Â&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2018;ĆĄ Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x153;Â&#x2021;ÇĄ Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;ÇĄ origin   (especially)   and   thickness. Bu   Ahmed   patiently   awaits   the   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6;  DzÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x160; Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â&#x160;dzǥ Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021; most   of   his   jewelry   is   for   men   with   then   main   customer   being   male,   he   can   custom   make   bracelets   for   Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x192; Â&#x2DC;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013; stones   the   customer   choses   from.        Bu  Ahmed,  a  Kuwaiti  in  a  Dishdasha   sipping  on  tea  as  he  spoke  who  had  a   Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2020;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022; as   his   brother   had   desired   for   him.

 position  to  speak  on  his  stores  behalf.

Traveling  to   the   crevices   of   China,   Yemen,   Hong   Kong,   Thailand   Iraq   and   India   in   search   of   the   precious   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   was   held   as   a   prisoner   of   war   gems   that   he   is   proud   to   sell   to   (POW)   in   the   Iraqi   Invasion,   in   Iraq,   pleased   customers,   Bu   Ahmed   for   eight   months.   The   Red   Cross   knows   his   trade   better   than   anyone. rescued   me,   thankfully.   I   always   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stones   are   the   closest   thing   to   had   a   passion   for   precious   stones   humans  because  we  start  and  end  in  the   prior  to  this  event,  and  by  the  age  of   Â&#x2026;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;ÇĄÂ&#x152;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;Ǥdz eighteen,  I  was  traveling  from  Kuwait   Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021; Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;ÇĄ DzÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x160; Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Çł Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Ǥdz is   priced   at   2,000   KD   because   the    Recently  retired  from  his  day-­â&#x20AC;?job,  Bu   picture   you   can   see   in   the   heart   of   Â&#x160;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;ĆĽÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;ÇŚÂ&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; the   Yemeni   stone   is   a   picture   of   store  in  Mubarakiya  that  he  has  been   Sheikh   Jaber.   Likewise,   but   with   managing  for  25  years.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  had  someone   Â&#x192; Â&#x160;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; DzÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x160; run   the   store   for   me   in   the   past   so   I   Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â&#x160;Çł Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2018;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Í&#x2014;Í&#x201D;ÇĄÍ&#x201D;Í&#x201D;Í&#x201D; could   work   at   my   other   job,   yet   still   Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â&#x2022;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;ÇĄÂ?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Ǥ Â&#x2021;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; have   my   passion   and   hobby   in   my   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2018;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x152;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Í&#x2022;Í&#x201D;ÇĄÍ&#x201D;Í&#x201D;Í&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;ǤdzÂ&#x2021;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; for   this   stone   he   has   had   in   his   Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122;ÇĄÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; possession   for   a   year   and   a   half. Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something   I   dislike   the   most,   aside 10  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

In  Kuwait,   there   are   many   people   like   Abu   Hussein   who   leave   their   families   to   come   to   a   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;better   lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   where   they   can   make   anywhere   from   18-­â&#x20AC;?80KD   per   month.   Then   on   the   other   hand,   there   are   men   like   Bu   Ahmed  who  travel  to  places  to  meet   people   the   average   Joe   would   never   dream   to   encounter,   to   bring   rare   and   special   products   to   the   Souq.   Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x153;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;ĆĄÂ&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; to  go  the  distance,  spend  money  and   discover   the   treasures   in   places   like   Souq  Mubarakiya,  it  not  only  provides   an   experience   of   Kuwaiti   culture   it   gives   these   people   their   livelihood.   To   them,   the   small   stores   they   run   are   everything.   To   us,   it   is   the   last   one   of   the   last   hints   of   history   that   Kuwait   has   left.   Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   preserve   it.


Mr.Nagy Al Souraty

12 /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


Profiles

Sticking it Out A Week With Nagy Al Souraty

Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;ĆĄÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Č&#x20AC;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2030;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Written  by:  Nadia  al  Saqqaf  /  Photogragher:  AbdulMohsen  Saad  Al  Mayyas

In  April   2011,   the   LAPA   team   and   I   traveled   to   Beirut   to   attend   the   Dance   Pedagogy   Conference   at   the   antiquated   but   wonderfully   maintained   Masrah   Al   Madina;   Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x192; Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; ƤÂ?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; perfect   contemporary   dance/theatre   instructor  for  our  academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  talented   and   eager   students.   We   met   with   several   choreographers   and   theatre   instructors   but   one   of   them   in   particular  stuck  out  to  us. Via   our   contact   with   Ms.   Mona   Knio,   Dean   of   Communication   Arts   at   the   Lebanese   American   University   and   Managing   Director   of   the   Arab   Technical   Training   Center,   we   met   with   a   dashing,   bearded   man   with   a

shiny,  bald   head   and   a   welcoming   smile   plastered   on   his   face;   quite   contradictory   to   the   image   he   had   created   for   himself   on   the   very   popular   Star   Academy   8.   This   mysterious   looking   man   was   Nagy   Souraty,   the   charming   but   stringent   master   of   the   stage   and   the   theatre   instructor   and   jury   member  for  the  hit  reality  competition   show.   After   a   leisurely   drink,   a   little   nosh   about   his   brilliant   works   of   contemporary   theatre   and   three   Lebanese   kisses   on   alternating   cheeks   we   were   well   on   our   way   to   yet   another   top-­â&#x20AC;?notch   LAPA   workshop.     The   LAPA   team,   Ahmed   Nassar,   Rana  AbdulRahim,  Khaled  Amer  and  I

immediately  got   to   work   organizing   the  Theatre  Workshop  upon  our  return   from   Beirut.   We   had   strategically   planned   the   dates   of   the   workshop   to  not  only  coincide  a  week  after  the   winner   of   Star   Academy,   whom   we   now   know   is   Nisma   from   Egypt,   was   announced   on   their   last   episode   but   also   just   a   week   before   we   began   auditions   for   LAPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   new   production   DzÂ&#x17D; Â&#x192;Â&#x160;Â&#x203A;Â&#x153;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â?Çł Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D; Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;DzÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â?Ǥdz So   we   made   our   announcements,   posted   on   the   blogs,   advertised,   registered   students,   arranged   the   details  of  Nagyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  stay  and  it  was  set,  we   were  going  to  host  the  theatre  legend   Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Í&#x2013;Í&#x2DC;ÇŚÍ&#x2014;Í&#x201D; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; Â&#x192; Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2019; 2011 â&#x20AC;Ť ďşłďş&#x2019;ďş&#x2DC;﹪â&#x20AC;Ź2 â&#x20AC;Ťďť&#x2039;ﺪدâ&#x20AC;Ź/ŮĄŮŁ


Profiles and  a   theatre   piece   featuring   LAPA   students   to   premiere   at   LoYACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018; Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Í&#x2014;Í&#x161;Í&#x201D; Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D; Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Í&#x2014;Í&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Ǥ I   was   lucky   enough   to   meet   Nagy   in   Beiteddine   to   catch   world   renowned   Moroccan-­â&#x20AC;?Flemish  choreographer  Sidi   Larbi  Cherkaouiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  motion  masterpiece   DzÂ&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;dzǥÂ&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D; just  two  days  prior  to  his  anticipated   arrival   in   Kuwait.   Meeting   at   the   entrance   to   the   enchanting   open-­â&#x20AC;? air   theatre   amidst   the   Phoenician   ruins,   we   started   making   our   way   to   our   seats   but   must   have   gotten   stopped  about  fourteen  times  by  Star   Academy  fans  and  Nagyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  ex-­â&#x20AC;?students.   Finally   we   got   to   our   premium   seats,   and   Nagy   turns   to   me   and   says   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nadia,   if   possible,   I   would   like   60  wooden  sticks  to  be  ready  by  the   Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;  Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;dzǤ Â&#x2039;Â&#x161;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A; Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x203A;ÇŤ DzÂ&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;dzǥÂ&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; my  right  hand,  Ahmed,  at  LAPA  back   in   Kuwait,   I   told   Nagy   to   consider   it   done.   What   were   these   mysterious   Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;ÇĄ  Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; ƤÂ?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Ǥ  good   nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   sleep   and   both   Nagy   and   I   were   on   our   way   to   Kuwait   to   begin   the   week-­â&#x20AC;?long   adventure.   Sunday   July   24th,   4pm,   Nagy   sets   Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;ÇĄ with   a   white   cotton   handkerchief   permanently   attached   to   his   right   palm   designed   to   help   him   adjust   to   the  unfamiliar  smothering  weather  of   Kuwait.  He  takes  in  the  air  of  culture   that   is   so   distinctive   of   Bayt   Lothan   and   his   eyes   brighten   when   he   sees   the   large   courtyard   in   the   center.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   love  this  space!  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  great  space  for   theatre!   If   I   can   tolerate   the   heat,   I   Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â? Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Ǩdz Nagy   proclaimed.   Ahmed   and   I   were   skeptical  but  happy  to  see  him  excited.  

consisted  of   us   walking   around   the   LAPA   studio   incorporating   certain   characteristics   to   develop   an   intrinsic   awareness   in   our   approach   to   characters.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk   like   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   Â&#x160;Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â?ÇĄÂ&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;ÇŻÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Çł Nagy   would   bark,   as   we   dragged   our   feet   and   enacted   disease.   Building  up  our  anticipation,  the  sticks   remained   the   elephant   in   the   room   till   towards   the   end   of   the   class,.  

Finally,  he   gave   us   each   a   stick   and   allowed   us   to   explore   it   not   as   a   prop,   but   rather   as   an   extension   of   our   limbs.   Then   he   made   us   partake   in   an   exercise   in   which   he   allowed   Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021; Â&#x152;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x192; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2018;Â? one   end   of   the   stick   with   his   on   the   other   end   as   he   drove   the   stick   all   around   the   studio;   the   point   of   the  

 Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2026;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x203A; exercise  was   to   get   us   to   focus   on   gave.   After   brief   introductions,   Nagy   our   balance   and   our   interaction   started   us   on   an   exercise,   which with   him,   eye   contact   was   key. 14  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

As  the   workshop   progressed   we   got  to  understand  Nagyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  philosophy   which   he   constantly   repeated   like   a   mantra   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   want   you   to   act,  

 Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Çł Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Ǥ Â&#x2013; became  quickly   evident   that   he   did   get  each  and  every  one  of  us  to  feel.   One   particular   day,   one   of   Nagyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,   now   famous,   former   students,   AbdulSalam,   the   Kuwaiti   contender   on   Star   Academy   8   surprised   him   at   the   LAPA   studio.   I   was   expecting   an   uproar   of   a   reunion   between   instructor   and   student,   I   wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   aware   I   was   in   for   a   show.   The   moment   that   AbdulSalam   entered   the   class,   Nagy   shot   him   a   stare   that   would   slice   glass,   stick   in   hand   Nagy   began   banging   the   stick   Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013; ĆŞÂ&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; the  most  intimidating  rhythm  of  loud   noises.   His   12   students,   each   also   with   stick   in   hand,   began   to   follow


Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; DzÂ&#x2122;Â&#x2021; Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2021;ĆĽÂ&#x203A;Â&#x2021;Â&#x160;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014; Â?Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;ÇĄÂ&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2022;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2014;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;ÇŽÂ&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;ǯdzǤ So  two   runs   to   Souq   Al   Mubarakiyah   later   and   we   got   crisp   white   ghutras   for   our   ten   young   thespians.   Now   all   the   elements   were   in   place,   and   Nagy   was   ready   to   work   his   magic.   With   the   frenzy   of   the   event,   the   piece   was   practically   a   surprise   to   all   of  us;  nobody  but  Nagy,  and  his  young   actors  really  knew  what  this  installation   was   about.   Hoards   of   crowds   began   Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2030;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Í&#x2014;Í&#x161;Í&#x201D; Mall,   after   touring   the   booths   of   the   LoYAC   summer   program   students   showcasing   their   achievements   over   the   summer,   they   began   to   huddle   around   the   mysterious   circular   stage   in   the   middle   of   the   hall.  

suit,  slowly  the  studio  began  to  echo   with   an   orchestra   of   what   sounded   like   an   armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   call   to   arms.   They   began   to   approach   AbdulSalam   who   retreated  to  a  corner  of  the  studio  as   they   closed   in   on   him.   The   banging   rhythm   got   faster   and   faster   until   all   at   once   Nagy   stopped   it   with   once   last  earth  shattering  bang  all  the  while   staring   solemnly   into   AbdulSalamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   eyes.   I   watched   in   awe.     Nagy   threw   his   stick   at   AbdulSalam,   and   as   if   he   was   prepared,   AbdulSalam   grabbed   the   stick   and   threw   it   right   back   at   his   teacher.   After   a   bit   of   a   battle   Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A; ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x201E;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; exchanged   hellos   and   how-­â&#x20AC;?are-­â&#x20AC;?yous. Â&#x2022; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Í&#x203A;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D; Â&#x2020;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; workshop   approached,   the   entire   LoYAC   family   was   bustling   with   the   excitement   of   our   end-­â&#x20AC;?of-­â&#x20AC;?summer   Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Í&#x2014;Í&#x161;Í&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;ǤÂ&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x152;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; a   couple   of   days   beforehand   when

Nagyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  genius  began  to  take  form  to   create  an  exquisite  piece  for  the  event. First   he   declared,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring   me   old   songs   of   the   sea,   the   music   of   the   Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;ÇŻÂ&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;dzǤÂ&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; seemed  to  click  for  Nagy,  we  searched   high   and   low   and,   as   the   clock   was   ticking   down,   we   got   worried. Then   the   next   day,   with   less   than   48   hours   to   go   until   the   show,   Nagy   decides   that   what   was   missing   was   a   merge   with   some   classical   music.   So   we   laid   down   a   classic   Kuwaiti   Bahari  song  with  a  classical  orchestral   piece,   playing   simultaneously.   At   ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014; Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021; Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; combination,   you   instinctively   realize   that   they   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   belong   together,   but   then   something   suddenly   begins   to   harmonize   and   you   absorb   the   unlikely   marriage   as   pleasurable. After   the   music   was   settled,   Nagy

A  black  out,  as  the  10  LAPA  students   took  their  positions  lying  face  down  on   the   stage   each   covered   by   a   ghutra,   DJ   X   from   Marina   FM   starts   playing   the   music,   and   they   slowly   rise.   The   piece   was   a   stunning,   show-­â&#x20AC;?stopping   display   that   told   wisps   of   stories   of   trials   and   tribulations,   jubilation   and   merriment,   culture   and   heritage   in   the   most   beautifully   contemporary   way.   Using   some   martial   arts   with   a   clever   use   of   the   sticks,   Nagy   managed   to   bring   out   violent   expressions   of   focus,   balance,   happiness   and   tradition   all   in   an   ever   so   Nagy   kind   of   fashion.   So   a   big,   fat   THANK   YOU   goes   out   to   the   master   of   the   wooden   stick   and   stage,   Nagy   Souraty,   LAPA   looks   forward   to   hosting   him   again   soon.   For  more  information    about  LAPA  or  to   watch   more   videos   please   visit   LAPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Website: www.Loyac.org/lapa

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The Force of Faith Written by:  AbdulMohsen  Saad  Al  Mayyas

Walking in,   she   greeted   me   with   the   undeniably   beautiful   smile   that   she   always   carries.   Her   cheeks   blushed   with   the   lightest   shade   of   ’‹ ”‡ƪ‡…–‹‰ ‘ơ Š‡” „”‹‰Š– ’‡ƒ…Š cardigan  with  a  face  framed  by  a  grey   Hijab.  Eman  Al  Fahad,  A.K.A  “Faith”,  is   an  old  friend,  a  young  entrepreneur,   and  a  person  whose  ambition  is  only   matched  by  her  delightful  demeanor She  loves  lilies,  reading,  and  likes  her   …‘ơ‡‡…‘Ž†ǡ™Š‹…Š‹•‰‘‘†„‡…ƒ—•‡–Š‡ 45-­‐minute  interview  ended  up  running   for   a   little   over   two   hours.   In   that   time   we   touched   up   on   her   eclectic   career,   which   ranges   from   studying   law   to   working   in   real   estate,   and   inevitably  following  her  true  passion. 18  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

In the   span   of   four   years,   she   built   an   extremely  successful  career  becoming   one   of   the   top   real   estate   agents   in   Kuwait.  Two  months  ago,  she  quit  her   Œ‘„ǤDz‘—”ˆƒ–‡™‹ŽŽ‘–™‘”ˆ‘”‹–•‡ŽˆǨdz she  said.    When  asked  what  caused  the   sudden  change  of  heart,  she  described   it   simply   as   a   series   of   events   that   led   to   a   struggle   in   her   job,   and   “when   ›‘— Ƥ‰Š– –‘ †‘ ›‘—” Œ‘„ǡ •’‹”‹–—ƒŽŽ› ›‘— †‘ǯ– ™ƒ– –‘ †‘ ‹– ƒ›‘”‡dzǤ Rooted   from   an   artistic   family,   her   grandfather   was   a   photographer,   father   a   videographer,   writer   and   calligrapher   and   she’s   on   her   way   to   becoming  a  professional  photographer   herself.   Hailing   from   that   lineage   it   almost  came  naturally  to  her  to  leave  

her job   and   pursue   something   creative.   Although   she   only   took   up   photography  professionally  about  four   years   ago,   she   began   taking   pictures   ƒ– –Š‡ ›‘—‰ ƒ‰‡ ‘ˆ ‡Ž‡˜‡Ǥ ‡” Ƥ”•– camera,  a  Polaroid,  caught  her  under  a   spell,  as  she  would  watch  the  pictures   magically   appear   in   front   of   her. Self-­‐taught   in   graphic   design,   Eman   started   taking   professional   courses   and   using   more   advanced   cameras,   studying   angles   and   techniques   she   specialized   in   abstract   photography.   She   spent   hours   wondering   what   was   behind   inanimate   objects   capturing   the   motions   and   emotions   of   everything   she   photographs.  


“The perspective   and   the   soul   is   a   talent,   the   camera   is   just   a   gadget.   Like   any   other   gadget,   you   can   learn   how   to   use   it.   Regardless,   a   picture   is   70   percent   photographer,   not   ‰ƒ†‰‡–Ǥdz  –”‹‡† –‘ —†‡”•–ƒ† ™Š› she   saw   herself   in   photography.   She   explained   “It’s   therapeutic,   because   while   taking   the   picture   you   don’t   think  about  anything  else.  It’s  another   ™ƒ›‘ˆ’ƒ‹–‹‰„‡…ƒ—•‡›‘—…”‡ƒ–‡‹–Ǥdz “Although   many   can   paint,   not   everyone   is   Picasso   or   Van   Gogh.   Just   learn  the  technique  and  put  your  heart   into   it.   “Inspired   by   the   artist   within   her,   she   rebelled,   took   the   initiative   and   began   working   on   her   true   passion,   photography   and   branding.   “I   remembered   what   I   wanted   to   do   and  decided  to  do  it  and  take  my  own   decisions  and  be  my  own  boss.  It’s  not   Driven,   with   a   love   for   educating   easy,  it’s  scary.  I  don’t  have  a  monthly   salary,  I’m  on  my  own,  and  if  I  screw  up   herself,   she   began   researching   and   I  can’t  blame  it  on  anyone,  but  I  want  to   making   business   cards   working   try  and  not  sit  there  and  say  ‘what  if.” Š‡” ™ƒ› —’ –‘ Š‡” Ƥ”•– ‡š’‘•—”‡ǡ atthe   Ebda’aty   convention   at   the   Thus   came   along   “Havefaith. Freezone   Kuwait,   in   March   2009. „‹œdzǡ ƒ ’”‘ˆ‡••‹‘ƒŽ ’Š‘–‘‰”ƒ’Š› It  was  an  exhibition  for  showcasing   and   branding   company   she   started   about   three   years   ago.   “It   began   small   business   ideas   and   projects.   with   commercial   photography   for   She  used  the  translation  of  her  name,   › ˆ”‹‡†• ƪ‘™‡” •Š‘’dz •Š‡ •ƒ‹† Eman,  for  her  business  saying,  “if  you   “everyone   loved   the   pictures   and   have  Faith  in  your  business,  everything   started   calling   me   and   I   was   doing   ™‹ŽŽ ™‘” ‘—–Ǥdz Š‡ •‹’Ž› …Š‘•‡ –Š‡ ‹– ˆ‘” ˆ”‡‡ǡ  †‹† ‹– ˆ‘” –Š‡ ˆ— ‘ˆ ‹–Ǥdz word   faith.   Not   just   because   it’s   her   name,   but   because   it’s   comforting   –   As   she   became   more   popular   she   a   positive   verb   and   a   calming   noun. thought   about   starting   her   own   Even   though   she   loved   working   business   saying   “…but   I   didn’t   want   to   do   just   photography,   I   had   in   real   estate,   her   heart   was   aimed   ‘–Š‡” ‹†‡ƒ•Ǥdz Š‡ ‡’Šƒ•‹œ‡† –Š‡ somewhere   else.   She   represents   importance   of   being   assertive,   well-­‐ something     many   of   us   wish   to   mannered  and  patient  saying,  “I  don’t   become    someone  passionate,  daringly   beautify   anything.   I   don’t   have   to   independent,   a   strong   believer,   and   be   rude   or   aggressive   to   present   my   more   than   anything,   fearless.   Drastic   thoughts  and  beliefs.  You  do  have  to  be   transitions  in  our  professional  careers   bad  for  your  own  good  sometimes  by   are  a  struggle  many  of  us  can  relate  to.   putting  your  foot  down,  but  you  don’t   Šƒ˜‡ –‘ Š—”– ƒ›‘‡ ‹ –Š‡ ’”‘…‡••dz Her   philosophy   helped   me   shed   light  

to certain   elements   of   my   life.   Am   I   ˆ‘ŽŽ‘™‹‰›–”—‡’ƒ••‹‘ǫ‹† ƒŒ‘” in  what  I  truly  believe  I  am  passionate   ƒ„‘—–ǫ Š‡ǯ• ƒ ‡šƒ’Ž‡ ‘ˆ –Š‡ possibility   we   have   within   ourselves   if   we   just   dare   to   take   that   step.     She   is   a   true   inspiration   for   the   Kuwaiti  Youth,  a  person  who  took  that   chance  to  leave  the  safety  of  a  solid  job   and   career   to   follow   her   true   calling.   More   so   as   a   woman   in   this   society,   she   gives   this   all   the   more   of   an   edge   and  tells  a  moral  behind  the  story.  The   story  of  a  girl  with  a  dream  that  dared   to   step   outside   the   borders   of   her   mind  and  do  something  real  –  a  prime   example   of   a   21st   century   Arab   girl. 2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/١٩


Health and Nutrition

Faith Al-Fahad Branding & Commercial photography

Creative Advertising Smart Branding Elegant Packaging Fun Business Cards Commercial Commercial Photography Photography And Much more! www.HaveFaith.Biz 20 /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

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Artist: Nasir Al Qadiri


Fashion

Liane Al Ghusain Vintage Queen Photographs by:  Nadia  al  Saqqaf

22 /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


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Fashion

–ƒơ”‹––‡”

Q&A:Liane Al Ghusain

Interviewd By:  Nadia  Al  Saqqaf

How would  you  describe  your  personal  style? Uniquely  classic.  I’m  bohemian  in  that  I  love  natural  fabrics,   retro  in  that  I  love  old  prints  and  silhouettes.

Where is  your  favorite  place  to  shop? Vintage   shops.   They   crafted   things   better   back   then   and   you›re   sure   to   get   something   one   of   a   kind.   There’s   also   always  such  passionate  shopkeepers  in  those  places.

Whose your  favorite  designer? Marni.  I  also  like  Diane  von  Furstenburg,  Balenciaga,  Yves   Saint  Lauren  and  Alexander  Wang.

What›s your  favorite  accessory?   ‘…‘…Šƒ‡ŽƒŽ™ƒ›••ƒ‹†–‘–ƒ‡‘‡–Š‹‰‘ơ„‡ˆ‘”‡›‘— left   the   house.   So   my   favorite   accessory   is   nothing:   bare   collarbones  are  the  most  elegant  of  all!

Which celebrity  do  you  most  emulate? Marilyn   Monroe,   Audrey   Hepburn.   Kate   Moss,   Rachel   Bilson  and  Chloe  Sevigny  have  cool  style  too.

‘™†‘›‘—’‹…›‘—”‘—–Ƥ–•‹–Š‡‘”‹‰ǫ I pick  them  at  night,  while  I’m  trying  to  fall  asleep.  I  have   whole  fashion  spreads  in  my  head.

Your best  feature  is... Beauty   is   in   the   eye   of   the   beholder,   and   I   prefer   to   let   others  behold  me,  not  the  mirror!

Give us  a  hot  tip  for  personal  style.   Big  hair  never  goes  out  of  style. 24  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


Society

Coelho

Kicked out of Kuwait

–ƒơ”‹––‡” Written by:  Abrar  Al  Shammari

«You may   not   know   what   you   want,   but  you  must  know  what  you  DON’T   want   in   life.»   Such   are   the   powerful   words  of  the  famous  Brazilian  author,   Paulo  Coelho,  encouraging  us  to  push   out  all  the  negativity  controlling  our   Ž‹˜‡•ǤŠ‡†‡Ƥ‹–‹‘‘ˆ‡‰ƒ–‹˜‹–›ǡ‘ˆ …‘—”•‡ǡ †‹ơ‡”• ˆ”‘ ‘‡ ’‡”•‘ –‘ ƒ‘–Š‡”Ǥ –†‹ơ‡”•ˆ”‘‘‡…—Ž–—”‡–‘ another,  from  one  country  to  another,   from  one  religion  to  another.  When  a   person   eliminates   a   factor   from   his   life,  the  reason  is  most  likely  that  it  has   brought   unpleasant   energy   into   his   daily  aura.  On  the  other  hand,  when  a   country  eliminates  an  author›s  books   ‘ơ ‹–• •Š‡Ž˜‡• –Š‡ ”‡ƒ•‘ ‹• ‘•– likely   that   his   views   do   not   coincide   with   its   government›s   own   views. Known   for   his   infamous   wisdom,   passion   for   all   forms   of   love   and   beauty,   his   belief   that   all   emotions   are   good,   his   never-­‐ending   quest   for   enlightenment  and  self-­‐development,   he   is   a   writer   that   many   people   turn   to   when   they   look   for   answers   to   questions  they  are  having.  One  of  the   reasons   he   is   so   popular   is   because   unlike   others,   he   does   not   make   people   think   their   world   is   coming   to   an   end   just   because   they   feel   like   they   are   falling   apart   on   the   inside.   Quite   the   opposite,   he   believes   that   the   downfalls   in   life   only   heighten   our   pleasures   later   on,   and   help   us   to   develop   and   grow   as   human   beings.   He   encourages   readers   to   be   wild   and  free,  not  necessarily  by  becoming   anarchists,   but   by   embracing   nature,   and   their   own   inner   beauty. 26  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


In most  of  his  books,  he  emphasizes   interconnecting   two   integral   parts   of   their   being   together:   spirituality,   and   sexuality.  Throughout  Coelho’s  books   spirituality  is  portrayed  as  the  antidote   of   every   healing   process,   leading   the   lost   soul   to   discover   the   essence   of   his   or   her   being.   In   his   writings,   the   character   in   question   usually   experiences   this   journey   through   an   assortment   of   spiritual   practices,   including   meditation,   prayer,   contemplation,   and   other   ways   of   becoming   one   with   the   transcendent   nature  of  the  world.  He  believes  that   by  developing  a  more  comprehensive   self,   one   can   achieve   divinity   within   his  own  realm.  That  way,  wherever  he   may   be,   under   whatever   conditions,   he   will   be   at   peace   with   himself. Š‡ †‡Ƥ‹–‹‘ ‘ˆ •’‹”‹–—ƒŽ‹–› †‹ơ‡”• ˆ”‘ ‘‡ ’‡”•‘ –‘ ƒ‘–Š‡”Ǥ ’‡…‹Ƥ…ƒŽŽ›ǡ ˆ”‘ ‘‡ ”‡Ž‹‰‹‘ –‘ another.   Some   people   believe   spirituality   to   be   a   high   level   of   thought   and   contemplation.   Most   religions   believe   that   spirituality   is   the   way   we   communicate   with   God.     Generally,   religions   see   what   they   believe  is  an  undeniable  link  between   spirituality   and   religion.   They   also   consider  spirituality  to  be  the  way  one   expresses  his  religion.  However,  if  one   were   to   compare   the   two,   it   would   „‡‘–‡†–Šƒ–ƒ’”‘‹‡–†‹ơ‡”‡…‡ between   them   is   the   following:   religion   tells   you   why   you   exist,   and   how   you   should   exist.   Spirituality,   on   the   other   hand,   is   a   discovery   process   of   exploring   what   your   purpose   on   Earth   is,   and   how   you   can   live   with   the  greatest  amount  of  love  and  joy  in   your  life.  Though  both  concepts  share   certain   minor   similarities,   religion  has   a   more   precise   system   created   for   man   to   abide   by,   while   spirituality   leaves  the  door  of  options  wide  open.  

Coelho stand  in  Book  World,  Dubai

The two   themes,   spirituality   and   sexuality,   which   have   been   consistent   throughout   most   of   Coelho’s   books,   are   portrayed   beautifully.   Since   the   state   of   Kuwait’s   laws   are   based   on   religion,   religion’s   views   on   sex   do   not   coincide   with   Coelho’s.   Most,   if   not   all,   religions   strictly   forbid   premarital   sex,   rationalizing   this   commandment   by  saying  that  the  desire  to  make  love   has   been   engrained   within   human   beings   strictly   to   perform   our   duty   to   God   by     reproducing.   Paulo   Coelho,   however,  does  not  look  down  on  sex,   ƒ† †‘‡• ‘– ’‘”–”ƒ› ‹– –‘ „‡ ƒ ƤŽ–Š›ǡ animalistic  act  of  sin  or  ‹duty›,  but  one   ‘ˆŽ‘˜‡ǡƒơ‡…–‹‘ǡƒ†‹–‹ƒ…›Ǥ –‹•ƒ act  of  fondness  that  is  sacred  and  holy,   but   not   in   the   sense   that   it   should   be   strictly   reserved   for   married   couples   wishing   to   procreate;   rather,   in   the   sense   that   it   should   be   cherished   and   not  disdained.  It  is  the  only  instinctual   act  within  us  that  enables  us  to  become   one   with   another   human   being,   and   at   the   same   time,   feel   we   are   Ƥ†‹‰ ‘—”•‡Ž˜‡• „› Ž‘•‹‰ ‘—”•‡Ž˜‡•Ǥ By   transcending   the   physical,   we   reach   what   is   transcendent   of   the   physical:   the   spiritual   realm   within   us.

One of   the   most   divine   parts   of   sexual   intimacy   is   nudity.   Because   …Ž‘–Š‡• ƒ”‡ ˜‹–ƒŽ ‹–‡• –Šƒ– †‡Ƥ‡ ƒ lot   of   who   we   are   in   society,   once   they   fall   away,   intangible   things   do   too.   Social   status   falls   away,   ego,   identity.   When   we   have   reached   a   point  where  the  majority  of  our  society   associates  sex  and  nudity  with  feelings   of   disgust,   guilt,   repulse,   and   shame,   then   we   have   become   a   society   that   denies   our   own   nature.   If   we   cannot   accept   ourselves,   our   own   desires,   then   we   cannot   accept   each   other.

2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٢٧


Society

When we   are   in   a   constant   struggle   ƒ‰ƒ‹•–‘—”•‡Ž˜‡•ǡƤ‰Š–‹‰‘—”ƒ–—”‡ in  a  never-­‐ending  state  of  self-­‐loathing   and  lack  of  self-­‐respect,  the  frustration   that  is  exerted  as  a  result  is  expected. When   we   walk   into   any   movie   theatre  in  Kuwait,  we  walk  in  knowing   what   to   expect   and   what   not   to   expect.   We   expect   blood   and   gore,   violence  and  killing.  We  don’t  expect   ƒ› †‹•’Žƒ›• ‘ˆ ƒơ‡…–‹‘ǡ „‡…ƒ—•‡ that’s   always   cut.   We   have   become   a   society   that   condones   killing,   but   •“—‹”• ƒ– ƒơ‡…–‹‘Ǥ ‡”Šƒ’• ‹ˆ ™‡ were   to   grow   accustomed   to   acts   of   love,   to   seeing   people   kissing   each   other   rather   than   hitting   each   other,   it   would   be   a   step   forward   to   accepting  what  we  really  are:  humans   who   need   love   in   all   of   its   forms. In   mid-­‐June,   I   went   to   one   of   the   local   cinemas   with   friends   to   watch   the   new   Scream   movie,   which   was   R-­‐rated   due   to   the   amount   of   violence   in   it.   Of   course,   most   of   the   audience   consisted   of   10-­‐year-­‐ 28  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

Does our   government   want   us   to   be   mindless   robots   who   form   romantic   relationships   day   and   night   with   our   iPhones  and  iPads,  spending  our  time  as   …‘•—‡”•”ƒ–Š‡”–ŠƒŠ—ƒŽ‘˜‡”•ǫ Moreover,  how  will  we  ever  be  able   to   call   ourselves   «free»   if   what   we   see   ƒ†™Šƒ–™‡”‡ƒ†‹•„‡‹‰…‘–”‘ŽŽ‡†ǫ When   did   we   become   characters   living  in  one  of  George  Orwell’s  books,   accused   of   committing   ’Thought   Crime’  because  of  the  books  we  read,   and   trying   to   teach   every   generation   to   be   anti-­‐sex   rather   than   teaching   –Š‡ –Šƒ– ’Š›•‹…ƒŽ ƒơ‡…–‹‘ ‹• ƒ natural  way  of  two  people  expressing   –Š‡‹” Ž‘˜‡ ˆ‘” ‘‡ ƒ‘–Š‡”ǫ Š‡ ‘”‡ we   read,   the   more   we›ll   know.   And   everyone  knows  knowledge  is  power.   Because   of   that,   governments   all   over   the  world  don›t  want  their  citizens  to   know   too   much   -­‐   then   the   possibility   would  stand  that  the  people  may  have   old   boys   screaming   and   laughing   more   power   than   the   government. nervously   whenever   someone›s   head   The  longer  the  list  of  banned  books   ™‘—Ž† „‡ …—– ‘ơǤ Š‡ ‘˜‹‡ ™ƒ• ƒ the   government   has,   the   more   endless   series   of   head-­‐chopping,   arm-­‐amputating,   leg-­‐stabbing,   self-­‐ knowledge   is   being   hidden   from   torture,   gun-­‐shooting,   and   of   course,   us.   Books   are   the   gateways   to   our   the   main   character   shattering   the   personal   development,   which   will   mirror  with  her  own  face.  I  walked  in   lead   to   our   aid   to   society.   When   that   expecting   all   of   this.   Since   the   movie   is  taken  from  us,  we  become  helpless   is   a   psychological   thriller,   I   did   not   citizens   who   rely   on   the   government   expect   much   romance.   However,   the   to   take   care   of   everything   for   us.  

abruptness of   how   one   particular   scene   was   unreasonably   cut   did   leave   me   quite   surprised.   One   of   the   characters   laid   on   her   hospital   bed   after   being   stabbed,   with   her   husband  by  her  side  holding  her  hand.   She  whispers  to  him  in  a  raspy  voice,   «Promise   me   something,»   and   he   anxiously   assures   her,   «Anything.» We  never  found  out  what  the  promise   was,   because   it   was   cut   right   there.   The   question   is,   are   scenes   censored   due   to   their   content,   or   just   for   the   •ƒ‡‘ˆƒ‹‰•—”‡‡˜‡”›ƤŽ‹•…—–͕͙ minutes  short  for  the  sake  of  squeezing   ‹ƒ•—…Šƒ†˜‡”–‹•‡‡–ƒ•’‘••‹„Ž‡ǫ

We are   obligated   to   embark   on   our   own   quest   for   knowledge,   we   must   refuse   to   live   in   the   dark   as   ignorant   imbeciles   who   blindly   obey   and   bow   to   higher   powers.   Do   not   allow   ›‘—”•‡Žˆ–‘„‡…‘‘†‹Ƥ‡†Ǥ‡Šƒ˜‡ a   wonderful   gift   residing   inside   our   skulls,  and  if  we  do  not  use  it  to  its  full   capacity,   then   we   are   nothing   more   than   cattle   in   a   herd   of   sheep.   Books   are   one   of   the   ways   we   are   able   to   have   intimate   conversations   with   both   ourselves   and   its   pages   without   being   accused   of   insanity.   No   one   has   the   right   to   take   that   away   from   any   human   being;   know   your   rights.


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Profiles

Invincible Chef

Written  By:  Noura  Al  Ruwaished

Considering  she   barely  

It  took   her   three   interview   attempts   Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;ÇĄÂ&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; the  last  interview  did  not  come  easy.   After  approaching  the  restaurant  only   to  meet  a  rude  man  at  the  reception,   she  inquired  about  meeting  the  chef,   and   the   man   immediately   dismissed   the   idea.   He   simply   asked   for   her name   and   number   to   pass   on   to   the   chef   and   informed   her   that   the   chef   would   call   her   back.   This   was     As   she   walked   the   city   she   had   not   enough   for   the   hardheaded   grown   to   love,   Maryam   realized   and   determined   Maryam.   Nothing   she   would   be   leaving   London   after   could   stand   in   the   way   of   her   goal. four   years   with   an   insatiable   passion   and   talent   for   cooking,   and   more    She  snuck  around  to  the  back  of  the   importantly   credentials   to   nurture   restaurant,  CV  covering  her  face,  and   a   successful   career.   In   addition   to   found   Gordon,   the   man   who   brings   attaining   her   MBA,   she   also   worked   in  the  supplies  to  the  Nobuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  kitchen.   and   gained   experience   in   world-­â&#x20AC;? She   asked   if   he   could   help   her   meet   renowned   kitchens   in   London   the   chef.   He   gave   her   a   time   and   a   and   the   completion   of   the   Cuisine   place,  when  Maryam  could  meet  him. Diploma   from   Le   Cordon   Bleu. missed   Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; ĆŞÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013; Â&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;ÇĄ Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â? Al-­â&#x20AC;?Nusif  was  determined  to  make  the   next   one.   Her   taxi   had   never   come   the  day  before,  so  Maryam  decided  to   make  the  best  of  her  situation,  enjoy   her   extra   night   in   London   sans   an   apartment,   a   phone   line   or   a   backup   Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â?Č&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Í&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;ĆŞÂ&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; on  the  past  and  taking  in  the  cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bliss.    

 Maryam   got   the   opportunity   to   go   to   the   school   of   her   dreams,   Le   Cordon   Bleu,   during   her   MBA   program   in   London.   She   was   in   the   process   of   writing   her   thesis   when   Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A; course   in   the   Diploma   Cuisine.   During   that   time,   she   worked   part-­â&#x20AC;?time   at   Ottolenghiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;   a   Mediterranean   restaurant   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   and   followed   by   The   Providoresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;   a   fusion   cuisine   restaurant   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   thus   gaining   valuable   theory   and   practical   experience.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kept on cooking, chopping, sweatingâ&#x20AC;&#x153; 30  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

The  passion   she   showed   during   their   conversation  got  her  the  ten-­â&#x20AC;?hour  trial   period  of  being  tested  by  the  grueling   Head-­â&#x20AC;?Chef  of  Nobu.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  entire  time   I   had   no   idea   how   I   was   doing;   I   just   kept  on  cooking,  chopping,  sweating. I  got  dishes  sent  back  and  had  to  redo   them   completely,   and   some   went   out   with   ease.   Tickets   were   piling   up!   I   was   a   nervous   wreck.   Still,   this   was   my   only   chance.   I   had   to   Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2018;Â?Ǥdz   She   landed   the   job.   Maryam   was   now  an  employee  of  Nobu,  London  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; world-­â&#x20AC;?renowned  restaurant  in  several   Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x201E;Â&#x203A; Robert   De   Niro   himself.   She   was   at   the   top.   A   good   few   months   into   the   job,   and   Maryam   would   still   get   the   giggles   walking   into   the   kitchen   with   her   Nobu   whites   on.


 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   called   him   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The   Dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   because   under  his  hat  was  this  insane  Mohawk   with   a   ponytail.   He   was   half   Pilipino,   half  Australian  and  had  made  it  behind   the   Sushi   Bar   (a   rigorous   7   -­â&#x20AC;?   year   process)  of  Nobu.  He  was  the  one  who   got   me   a   week   behind   the   sushi   bar,   Â?Â&#x203A; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x192;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2018;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;ÇŚÂ&#x2022;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;ƤÂ&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x203A;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160; Â&#x152;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2018;Ǥdz

 Growing   up   in   a   home   where   food   was   everything,   Maryam   has   always   had  a  passion  for  cooking.  Her  family   had   an   all-­â&#x20AC;?organic   farm   in   Kuwait   that   they   started   up   around   9   years   ago.   Organic   is   something   relatively   foreign   to   the   Kuwaiti   culture,   and   is   usually   dismissed   as   irrelevant.   Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â? Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2021;ÇĄ Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;ÇĄ â&#x20AC;&#x153;If   we   are   putting   something   we   presume   is   healthy   into   our   bodies   Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; ƤÂ&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160; pesticides   or   growth   hormones,   you   are   actually   harming   yourself   instead   of   helping   yourself.   I   enjoy   organic   ingredients  because  I  feel  safe  eating   Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021; Â?Â&#x2014;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Ǥdz

 She   worked   as   a   tempura   chef   for   the   majority   of   her   time,   with   tiny   black   scars   from   the   grease   splatters   all   over   her   arms   to   prove   Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Ǥ DzÂ&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĽÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013; part   of   Nobu   was   cutting   the   chives   to   the   impossible   standard   expected   by   the   head   of   every   section   in   the   Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â?Ǥ Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;ƤÂ?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;ÇĄ   Two   months   before   returning   to   Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2020;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;ÇĄ Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â?ÇĄ Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2026;ǤǤǤǤdz Â&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;ÇĄÂ&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x17D;ÇŚÂ&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â?ÇĄDzÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2039;ÇŻÂ&#x2022;Çł  Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x192;Â?ÇŻÂ&#x2022; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; PR  consultant  read  the  paper  and  saw   a   catering   company   where   she   and   a   contest   for   a   new   business   idea,   her   friend   Sharon   Costi   would   prepare   with   a   prize   of   business   consultation   food  for  big  fashion  houses  in  London.   Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Ǥ Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â?Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   was   ironic   because   we   would   to   Maryam,   and   they   put   together   a   prepare   all   this   food   for   the   models,   Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2013;DzÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2039;ÇŻÂ&#x2022;dzǥ and   they   wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   even   touch   it.   It   did   that   would   use   as   much   organic   however  give  us  so  much  exposure  to   ingredients   as   possible,   without   Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122; Â&#x2026;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x153;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2014;Â?Ǩdz the   tricks   other   restaurants   use   to  

make  their   food   taste   good.   After   Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201E;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â&#x2021;ÇĄ Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; forgetting   all   about   it,   Mariam   was   Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x192; ĆŞÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2022;Ǥ Â&#x17D;ÇŚÂ&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â? received   a   call   asking   if   Maryam   could   present   the   same   day.   Somehow,   Ms.   Al-­â&#x20AC;?Suwailim   got   it   pushed   to   the   day   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D; Â&#x152;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;ÇĄ Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; behold-­â&#x20AC;?   Mariam   won   second   place! DzÂ&#x203A;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2022;ÇŤ Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; just  travel.  I  want  to  eat  my  way  through   Asia!   I   want   to   see   everywhere   from   Thailand   to   India.   I   need   to   take   some   time  for  myself  before  I  really  put  all  my   Â&#x2021;ĆĄÂ&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x203A;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;  Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â?ÇĄ Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Ǥdz Returning   from   her   long   nocturnal   walk,   Maryam   stood   on   the   same   corner   with   her   luggage   awaiting   her   Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2020; ĆŞÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Ǥ Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; if   fate   was   taunting   her   yet   another   time;   the   taxi   was   running   late   again.   Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;ÇĄ Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2019;ÇŚÂ&#x2018;ĆĄ Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; phone   credit   around   the   corner   to   call   the   taxi   and   go   medieval   on   him.   Walking   back   to   the   corner,   Maryam   Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; ƤÂ?Â&#x2020; Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D; 2011 â&#x20AC;Ť ďşłďş&#x2019;ďş&#x2DC;﹪â&#x20AC;Ź2 â&#x20AC;Ťďť&#x2039;ﺪدâ&#x20AC;Ź/ŮŁŮĄ


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–Ƥ”•–•Š‡–Š‘—‰Š–‹–™ƒ•–Š‡ˆ–ǡƒ† then she   heard   it…the   loud   roar   of   a   garbage   truck.   She   ran   up   to   the   truck,   asking   them   if   they   had   seen   Š‡” •–—ơǡ ƒ† –Š‡› •ƒ‹† ƒ• ‹ˆ ‹– ™‡”‡ nothing   but   a   trash   bag   “Yeah...   it’s   gone.   You  left  it  on  the  sidewalk,  and   ™‡–Š”‡™‹–ƒ™ƒ›ǤdzŠ‡ƒ•‡†‹ˆ–Š‡› could   get   it   out   and   when   they   said   no,   she   asked   for   a   boost   and   was   about   to   throw   herself   knee   high   into   the   back   of   the   garbage   truck   to   collect   what   she   could   from   the   disaster,   just   as   humbly,   as   she   had   thrown   herself   into   the   kitchen   and   under   the   command   of   criticizing   and   gruesomely  tough  chefs.     Thankfully,   Maryam   was   able   to   get   to  the  dump  and  collect  some  of  her   spilled   items,   while   still   making   it   to   the  airport  on  time.  She  may  have  lost   her   possessions,   but   she   had   gained   something  intangible  she  nurtured  her   passion  and  soothed  her  soul  because   she   was   doing   what   she   loved. Follow  her:@mimi_kuwait Contact  her:  +965  67608144 32  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


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k4k Reaches Out was  clear   to   most   of   them   that   this   experience   was   not   going   to   be   just   another   departure   from   Kuwait.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  want  to  say  I  live  a  high-­â&#x20AC;?end   Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;ÇŻÂ&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;ÇĄÇł Aisha  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  shock  became  more   aggressive   on   the   drive   to   the   village,   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; that   everyone   is   outdoors,   unlike   in   Kuwait...which  is  a  good  thing,  but  it   was  something  my  eye  had  to  adjust   Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Ǥdz Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Í&#x2DC;ÇŻÂ&#x2022; ƤÂ&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160; Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2039;Â? Kenya.   In   previous   years   they   had   concentrated  on  developing  education   and  building  schools.  This  yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  focus   Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;ÇĄÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; time   K4K   shifted   their   focus   from   education   to   sustainable   farming.  

Kuwait  International   Airport   is   the   departing   point   to   many   deluxe   destinations;   Nice,   Switzerland   and   the   Maldives   are   the   end   points   to   many   travel-­â&#x20AC;?savvy   Kuwaitis   with   passports   that   seem   to   be   issued   by   fashion   designers.   One   can   deduce   a   lot   from   a   quick   look   at   the   Flight   Schedule   Board.   Dubai   is   for   a   quick   getaway,   Mumbai   is   for   returning   expats   and   Beirut   for   beauty.     None   of   those,   however,   were   what   Aisha   Al   Sayegh   was   on   the   lookout   for.   34  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

The  members   of   K4K   worked   with   the   Borani   community,   who   were   mostly   composed   of   women   living   in   a   village   without   roads,   running   water   or   electricity   about   an   hour   away   from   Central   Mombasa.   Upon   their   arrival,   K4K   were   shown   the   two   plots   of   land   that   they   were   to   convert   into   sustainable   farms.     They   decided,   along   with   the   female   Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; would   be   planted   with   indigenous   Her   destination,   along   with   6   other   fruits   and   vegetables   and   that   the   young   Kuwaitis,   was   Mombasa,   other   would   be   used   for   livestock.   Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x203A;Â&#x192; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020; Í&#x2014; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2022; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Problem   was   both   the   lands   were   sustainable   farms   through   the   Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013; Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;ÇĄÇł Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x192; Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020;Ǥ  DzÂ&#x2022;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Kuwait   for   Kenya   program   or   K4K.   The   culture   shock   started   in   the   Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; ticketing   line   when   the   steward   and  a  half  of  tree  stumps  and  grass  -­â&#x20AC;?-­â&#x20AC;?it   took   a   good   hour   locating   their   was  basically  hard  labor  7  hours  a  day   supposedly   lost   ticket   bookings.     using   really   basic   tools,   homemade   Within   the   next   24   hours,   Aisha   Â&#x192;Â&#x161;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2021;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â? Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Ǥdz described  how  they  almost  got  ripped   Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â?ÇĄ Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2018;ĆĄÇĄ Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x192; Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; team   put   themselves   to   the   task   with   a   local   African   villiage   chief.   It   of   surrounding   the   perimeter   with  


fences made   of   wood   and   barbed   wire,   to   keep   the   free-­‐range   livestock   ˆ”‘ ™ƒ†‡”‹‰ ‘ơǤ  Š‡ ‘–Š‡” ŠƒŽˆ of   the   team   were   busy   building   the   three   structures   made   out   of   mud,   wood  and  cement  to  house  chickens,   goats   and   cows   respectively.   This   being   a   sustainable   farming   project,   the   team   had   to   make   two   levels  to  the  goat  and  cow  houses,  the   animals  would  stay  on  the  second  level   so  that  dung  could  be  collected  form   underneath   and   used   for   fertilizer.   The   surrounding   acre   was   planted   with   grass   to   allow   the   livestock   to   roam   freely   and   consume   their   daily   average   of   60-­‐70   kilos   of   grass. Dz‡–”‹‡†–‘’—–‡˜‡”›–Š‹‰–‘—•‡ǡdz she  said,  “however,  we  had  to  upgrade   the  nearby  tank  and  waterpump.  The   farm  shouldn’t  burden  the  community,   –Šƒ–ǯ• –Š‡ Žƒ•– –Š‹‰ ™‡ ™ƒ–Ǥdz When  asked  where  they  had  learned   all  these  sustainable  techniques  Aisha   explained   that   the   general   plan   was   researched   in   Kuwait   but   a   lot   of   it   was   learnt   from   the   locals   in   Kenya,   both   from   agricultural   &   livestock   institutes  and  the  village  community.   “Now   you   might   ask   what   this   ‡ƒ• –‘ –Š‡ ˜‹ŽŽƒ‰‡ …‘—‹–›ǡdz Aisha  asks,  “well,  aside  from  providing   them   with   unity   and   sustenance,   it   creates   jobs   and   invigorates   –Š‡ ‹…”‘Ǧ‡…‘‘› ™‹–Š‹Ǥdz The   rest   of   K4K’s   time   was   spent   implementing   the   various   programs   and  attending  to  the  nuts  and  bolts  of   the  mission.  However,  their  work  there   will   not   end   upon   their   departure.     The  beauty  of  this  program,  says  Willy   Mathew,  the  manager  of  international   programs   at   LoYAC,   is   that   it’s   completely   scalable   and   replicable.   This   means   that   the   K4K   farm   currently   provides   food   and   jobs   for  

the entire  village  and  can  be  replicated   to   do   the   same   for   other   villages   that   are   facing   the   same   problems.     Well,   after   three   weeks,   and   560   hard   labor   hours,   the   members   of   K4K   return   to   Kuwait   with   a   few   new   experiences,   know-­‐how   and   ’‡”Šƒ’• ‡˜‡ ƒ †‹ơ‡”‡– ƒ’’”‘ƒ…Š to   life.   Aisha,   was   speaking   at   the   International   Youth   Day   event   at   the   UN   House   during   Ramadan   and   said,   “Each   one   of   you   can   make   a   †‹ơ‡”‡…‡ǡƒ† …ƒŠ‘‡•–Ž›•ƒ››‘— won’t   regret   it.     Those   three   weeks   have  been  the  best  experience  of  my  

Ž‹ˆ‡Ǥdz •Š‡ –‘Ž† ƒ …”‘™† ‘ˆ †‹‰‹–ƒ”‹‡•Ǥ Later, she   elaborated   by   saying,   “They   just   accepted   us   completely   and   made   us   a   part   of   their   family,   so   much   so   that   they   would   entrust   their  new-­‐born  children  with  us  if  they   Šƒ†–‘”—ƒ‡””ƒ†Ǥdz  Š‡ ™‡–‘ to   say   how   much   of   an   impact   this   experience   had   on   her;   so   much   so   that  even  her  eating  habits  changed.   Dz‡ƒŽŽ›ǡ ‘– –‘ •‘—† •‡ŽƤ•Šǡ „—– digging   in   the   mud   with   a   machete,   sustaining  bruises  and  getting  allergic   reactions,   all   felt   so   good   because   ›‘—‡™›‘—Šƒ†ƒ’—”’‘•‡–Š‡”‡Ǥdz 2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٣٥


Reviews

40 Years to Tora Bora Written  by:  AbdulMohsen  Saad  Al  Mayyas    &      Abrar  Al  Shammari

A  deep  breath,  as  the  long-­â&#x20AC;?anticipated   wait   is   almost   over.   Tora   Bora,   a   Â&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x201E;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020; Â&#x17D; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; day   of   Eid.   The   essence   of   the   plot   revolves   around   the   heartbreaking   story   of   a   married   Kuwaiti   couple   journeying   through   Afghanistan   in   search   of   their   son   Ahmed.   Set   in   Tora   Bora,   Afghanistan,   Ahmed   has   been   brainwashed   into   believing   that  Jihad  in  the  name  of  God  as  the   path   to   righteousness   will   guarantee   him   a   place   in   heaven.   He   is   surprised   Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; ƤÂ?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x201E;Â&#x192;Â?ÇšÂ&#x2022; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â? of   Islam   and   perception   of   Jihad   is   Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â?ÇĄ but  once  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  in,  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  no  way  out.   Nevertheless,   his   parents   insist   that   Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;ƤÂ?Â&#x2020;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?ÇĄÂ&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; trekking   long   distances.   Risking   their   lives  and  safety  for  the  sake  of  bringing   their   youngest   son   back   home. Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x17D;Â? Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;ÇĄ Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; is   portrayed   as   Afghanistan.   Walid   Al   Awadhi   said   that   the   three   years   of   ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2020;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2019;Â&#x160;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Ǥ Â&#x2021; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; several  times  throughout  the  process,   but   he   had   the   support   of   his   great   cast   to   encourage   him   to   keep   going.   The  memorable  cast  consists  of  Saad   Â&#x17D; Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x152;ÇĄ Â&#x2022;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â? Â&#x192;Â&#x2122;ƤÂ&#x201C;ÇĄ Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020; Ameen,   Abdullah   Al   Zeid,   Abdullah   Al   Tarawa,   Kais   Nashef,   Al   Araby   Al   Sassy,  Yasine  Ahjam  and  several  other   upcoming   actors.     Walid   encountered   Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x203A; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĽÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;ÇĄ Â&#x2020;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021;

36  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x201D;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â? ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; locations,  international   permits,   disappointments,   and,   at   times,   impatience   getting   the   best   of   him.   Â&#x160;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021; Â&#x203A;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;ÇĄ and  you  can  tell  just  by  watching  the   Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x192; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2021;ĆĄÂ&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; and  even  more  patience  for  the  whole   crew   to   perfect   it   to   this   degree. Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021; religious   and   political   aspects,   Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021; concern   for   Walid.   Regardless,   the   Censorship   Committee   did   not   take   out  a  single  second  of  the  100-­â&#x20AC;?minute   ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Ǥ Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x203A; Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; ƤÂ&#x17D;Â? Â?Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; be   left   unchanged   to   deliver   the   right   message   and   it   will   be   shown   in   full-­â&#x20AC;? length   once   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   released.   The   depth  

and  execution   portray   a   reality   of   a   situation  we  as  the  viewer  vicariously   experience.   Due   to   such   an   accurate   depiction  of  reality,  the  creative  force   behind  Tora  Bora  saw  how  necessary   Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160; nothing   omitted   from   the   original.   Having  participated  in  the  2011  Cannes   Film   Festival,   it   has   created   new   Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x153;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2022; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2014;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039; ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;ÇĄ Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; steers  far  from  the  stereotypical  topics   that  are  so  rampant  in  our  TV  culture   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   drug   abuse,   disloyalty,   domestic   abuse,   alcoholism,   and   focuses   on   a   humanitarian   issue   and   true   family   ties.   It   goes   beyond   the   typical   Kuwaiti   mentality,   and   addresses   very   real   global   issues   that   many   Arabs   and   Muslims   are   dealing   with.

Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; also  has   a   controversial   storyline.   The   ƤÂ&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2030;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x160;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; evidently   things   that   Walid   Al   Awadhi   did   not   disregard.   Taking   them   into   consideration,   he   put   a   considerable   Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2021;ĆĄÂ&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; them.  As  one  can  tell  by  just  watching   the  movie,  each  scene  has  been  given   meticulous  care;  some  tell  you  so  much   without   the   use   of   any   words,   while   others   need   only   Mr.   Al   Farajâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   face   to  express  the  magnitude  of  the  plot.   Make   sure   to   book   tickets   to   any   of   the   local   Cinescape   theaters   this   Eid   to   watch   Tora   Bora,   guaranteed   to   be   milestone   in   Kuwaiti   cinema.

2011 â&#x20AC;Ť ďşłďş&#x2019;ďş&#x2DC;﹪â&#x20AC;Ź2 â&#x20AC;Ťďť&#x2039;ﺪدâ&#x20AC;Ź/٣٧


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How to Write in Arabic Guest  Writer Written  by:  Faisal  Hamadah

In  this   age   of   nations   and   businesses,   what   does   the   Perhaps  the  reason  Arab-­â&#x20AC;?ness  cannot  be  as  fully  grounded   word   Arab   mean   today?   Did   it   ever   mean   anything?   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   tough   question   to   approach,   one   that   draws   upon   centuries   of   identity   issues,   issues   that   are   built   on   colonial  intervention,  religious  divides,  and  the  plight  of   all  neighbors  (one  day  you  love  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em,  one  day  you  hate  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em). Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â?Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;ƤÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Arab-­â&#x20AC;?nessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  is  that  we  all  speak  Arabic  (or  we  try  to,  at  least). 38  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

is  that,  in  many  ways,  our  language  has  been  supplanted  by   Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â?Ǥ Â&#x2013;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĽÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160; between   Arabic   culture,   and   Islam   for   the   sole   reason that  our  pale  human  Arabic  literature  will  never  measure   up   to   the   perfection   that   is   the   Holy   Qurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;an.   How   can   any   mortal  writer  compete  with  the  eternal  wisdom  of  Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â?ÇŤ Â&#x2014;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x203A; Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;n


Arabic  writers   who   arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   trying   to   compete   with   God.   They   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  care  as  much  about  eternal  wisdom  as  about   earthly   realities.   These   writers,   especially   in   the   wake   of   the  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Arab  Spring,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;  allow  for  moments  of  modernity  to  seep   into  our  futuristic  lifestyle,  and  remind  us  of  the  changes   that   had   to   occur   for   us   to   get   from   the   past   to   now. The   inescapable   truth   of   modern   Arabic   literature   is   that   it   is   caught   up   with   an   ambiguous,   and   in   many   Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ÇĄ Â&#x192;Â? ÇŽÂ&#x2018;ĆĽÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;ÇŻ Â&#x2014;Â?Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A;Ǥ Â&#x2013; Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2022; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2C6; with  the  silent  moments  that  history  has  omitted.  In  this   sense,  it  is  easy  to  say  that  all  Arabic  novels  are  inherently   political,   but   not   political   in   the   partisan   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;conservative-­â&#x20AC;? liberalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   spectrum.   It   is   a   more   pertinent   politics   that   speaks   more   widely   about   the   human   condition,   rather   than   telling   you   who   to   vote   for.   I   will   contend   that   politics   is   always   at   the   heart   of   every   great   story.

A^qgmn]]n]jj]Y\;`afmY 9[`]Z]kL`af_k>Ydd9hYjl$ l`afcg^9K]YkgfkEa_jYlagf as a more modern, sexier Arabic version of it. Perhaps  the   quintessential   modern   Arabic   novel   is   Al-­â&#x20AC;? Tayyib  Salihâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  A  Season  Of  Migration  to  the  North  (Mawsim   al  Hijra  Illa  Al  Shammal.)  The  novel  is  set  in  post-­â&#x20AC;?Colonial   Sudan,  recently  having  achieved  independence  from  Great   Britain.   Its   plot   revolves   around   our   narrator,   recently   Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x192; Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2020;Â&#x203A;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; ƤÂ?Â&#x2020; Â&#x192; mysterious   man   having   entered   the   social   sphere   of   his   village.   The   more   our   narrator   discovers   about   this   man,   the   infamous   Mustafa   Saeed,   the   more   the   man   becomes   a   mirror   for   him,   and   for   the   Arab   reader.   The   book   is   written   in   a   beautifully   simple   style,   with   moments   of   Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;ĆĄÂ&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201E;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021; Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020; the  earthly  shackles  of  the  book.  The  moments  are  few  and   far  between,  serving  to  undercut  the  starkness  of  the  plot.  

 If   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   ever   read   Chinua   Achebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Things   Fall   Apart,   think   of   A   Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Migration   as   a   more   modern,   sexier   Arabic  version  of  it.  It  is  an  important  novel  for  its  ability   to  capture  the  moment  when  the  Arab  world  moved  from   tribal   villages   into   modernity,   without   romanticizing   the   results.     An   even   darker   view   of   modernity   is   presented   in   Sonallah   Ibrahimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   The   Committee   (Al   Lajna).   The   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x192;ƨÂ&#x192;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192; darkly   comic   bureaucratic   model   of   society   (one   that   is   at   the   same   time   ridiculous   and   terrifying).   It   concerns   government   employee   who   discovers   a   vast   conspiracy   by  his  government,  who  are  in  league  with  the  Coca  Cola   Company   among   many   other   foreign   companies.   The   plot  of  this  conspiracy  is  never  truly  reveled  because  our   ÇŽÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;ÇŻÂ&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â?Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;ƤÂ?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2019;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2018;ƥǤ Â&#x2021;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122;Â&#x203A; committee   that   is   above   (and   behind)   the   government   to   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ÇĄÂ&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ?Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2019;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;ĆĄÂ&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x203A;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022; Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2021; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2018;ĆĽÂ&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2039;Â? Kuwaiti   ministries,   this   book   will   hit   very   close   to   home. While   the   two   novels   mentioned   previously   are   short   novellas   that   can   be   consumed   in   an   extended   sitting,   Abdulrahman   Munifâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Cities   of   Salt   (Mudun   al   Milh)   is   a   monster   of   a   journey,   with   no   real   main   character.   The   novel   begins   in   the   quaint   nomadic   town   of   Wadi   Al-­â&#x20AC;? Oyoun,   where   people   have   been   living   for   generations.   Then,  oil  is  found.  This  discovery  begins  the  charting  of  a   Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â? Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Č&#x2039;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;ƤÂ&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Saudi   Arabia,   but   it   can   be   any   and   all   of   them).   There   might   not   be   a   main   character   that   the   novel   follows,   but   the  country  itself  goes  on  an  arc  from  the  beginning  of  the   novel  to  the  end.  Munif  manages  to  evoke  a  sense  of  an   Â&#x192;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â?Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2021;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;ƤÂ&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; our   own,   and   the   book   really   should   be   required   reading   for   all   who   live   and   work   in   the   Arabian   Gulf. In   the   space   of   a   short   article,   it   is   impossible   to   touch   on   all   the   great   modern   masters   of   the   Arabic   language,   from   Elias   Khoury   and   Ghassan   Kanafani   to   Naguib   Mahfouz   and   Elie   Habibi.   Luckily   for   us,   they   arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   going   anywhere.   We   just   need   to   catch   up   with   them. 2011 â&#x20AC;Ť ďşłďş&#x2019;ďş&#x2DC;﹪â&#x20AC;Ź2 â&#x20AC;Ťďť&#x2039;ﺪدâ&#x20AC;Ź/ŮŁŮŠ


‫‪Interview‬‬

‫* ﻫﻞ ﺗﻮﻗﻌﺖ ﻫﺬا وأﻧﺖ ﺗﴬم اﻟﻨريان ﰱ‬ ‫ﻧﻔﺴﻚ ؟‬ ‫ ﺑﺎﻟﻄﺒﻊ ﻻ – وﻟﻜﻨﻰ أراه اﻷن – وﺳﻌﻴﺪ ﻷن‬‫ﻣﻮيت مل ﻳﻀﻴﻊ ﻫﺒﺎء ‪.‬‬ ‫* أﺷﻴﻊ أﻧﻚ متﻠﻚ أﺟﻨﺪة ﺧﺎرﺟﻴﺔ ومتﻮﻳﻞ‬ ‫ﺧﺎرﺟﻲ – ﻓام ﺻﺤﺔ ﻫﺬا ﻣﻦ ﻋﺪﻣﻪ ؟‬ ‫ ﻧﻈﺮ إﱃ ﻛﺸﺨﺺ مل ﻳﻔﻬﻢ اﻟﺴﺆال وﻋﻨﺪﻣﺎ‬‫ﺣﺎوﻟﺖ ﻃﺮح اﻟﺴﺆال ﻣﺮة أﺧﺮى – ﻗﺎﻃﻌﻨﻲ‬ ‫‪....‬‬ ‫ ﻟﻘﺪ ﻓﻬﻤﺖ ﺳﺆاﻟﻚ ﺟﻴﺪا ً – وﻟﻜﻦ مبﺎ‬‫ﻳﻔﻴﺪين اﳌﺎل وأﻧﺎ ﻣﻴﺖ – ﻣﺒﺘﺴامً ‪ -‬ﻫﻞ‬ ‫ﺳﺄﺣﺼﻞ ﺑﻪ ﻣﺜﻼً ﻋﲆ ﺟﻨﺎزة ﻓﺎﺧﺮة ‪.‬‬ ‫* ﺑﻌﺪ ﺧﻮﺿﻚ اﻟﺘﺠﺮﺑﺔ – إذا ﻛﺎن ﺑﺈﻣﻜﺎﻧﻚ‬ ‫اﻹﺧﺘﻴﺎر اﻷن – ﻫﻞ ﺗﻔﻀﻞ اﳌﻮت ﻫﻨﺎ ؟ أم‬ ‫اﻟﺤﻴﺎة ﻛام ﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻫﻨﺎك ؟‬ ‫ ﻫﻨﺎ وﻫﻨﺎك وﻓﺮق ﺷﺎﺳﻊ‬‫ﻫﻨﺎ ﺣﺐ وﻫﻨﺎك ﻣﺪاﻓﻦ‬ ‫وﻫﻞ ﻳﺘﻐري ﻣﻌﻨﻰ اﳌﻮت ؟‬ ‫‪ -‬إن ﻛﺎن اﳌﺪﻓﻦ واﺳﻊ‬

‫ﻣﺴﺎﻓﺮ ﻳﺎ أﻣﻲ‪ ,‬ﺳﺎﻣﺤﻴﻨﻲ‪ ,‬ﻣﺎ ﻳﻔﻴﺪ ﻣﻼم‬ ‫ﺿﺎﻳﻊ ﰱ ﻃﺮﻳﻖ ﻣﺎﻫﻮ ﺑﺈﻳﺪﻳﺎ‪ ,‬ﺳﺎﻣﺤﻴﻨﻲ إن‬ ‫ﻛﺎن ﻋﺼﻴﺖ ﻛﻼم أﻣﻲ‪ ,‬ﻟﻮﻣﻲ ﻋﲆ اﻟﺰﻣﺎن‬ ‫ﻣﺎﺗﻠﻮﻣﻲ ﻋﲇ‪ ,‬راﻳﺢ ﻣﻦ ﻏري رﺟﻮع‪ ,‬ﻳﺰي ﻣﺎ‬ ‫ﺑﻜﻴﺖ وﻣﺎ ﺳﺎﻟﺖ ﻣﻦ ﻋﻴﻨﻲ دﻣﻮع‪ ,‬ﻣﺎ ﻋﺎد‬ ‫ﻳﻔﻴﺪ ﻣﻼم ﻋﲆ زﻣﺎن ﻏﺪار ﰱ ﺑﻼد اﻟﻨﺎس‪ ,‬أﻧﺎ‬ ‫ﻋﻴﻴﺖ وﻣﴚ ﻣﻦ ﺑﺎﱄ ﻛﻞ اﻟﲇ راح‪ ,‬ﻣﺴﺎﻓﺮ‬ ‫وﻧﺴﺄل زﻋﻤﺔ اﻟﺴﻔﺮ ﺑﺎش ﻳﻨﴘ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺑﻮ‬ ‫ﻋﺰﻳﺰي‪.‬‬ ‫ﻛﻠامت ﺗﺒني اﻷمل اﻟﺬي ﻛﺎن ﻳﻌﺎﻧﻴﻪ ﻫﺬا‬ ‫اﻟﺸﺎب‪ ,‬وﺟﻬﻬﺎ إﱃ أﻣﻪ ﻳﻄﻠﺐ ﻣﻨﻬﺎ أن‬ ‫ﺗﺴﺎﻣﺤﻪ‪ ,‬وﻳﺸﻜﻮ اﻟﺰﻣﺎن ﰱ ﺑﻼد اﻟﻨﺎس‪,‬‬ ‫وﻫﻮ اﻟﺬى مل ﻳﺨﺮج ﻣﻦ ﺗﻮﻧﺲ ﻗﻂ !!‬ ‫ﳌﻠﻤﺖ أوراﻗﻲ وﺧﺮﺟﺖ وﻣﺎزاﻟﺖ ﺗﺪور ﰱ‬ ‫رأﳼ ﻣﺌﺎت اﻷﺳﺌﻠﻪ ﻋﻦ ﻫﺬه اﻟﺸﺨﺼﻴﺔ‪,‬‬ ‫ﺻﺎﺣﺐ ﴍارة اﻟﺜﻮرة اﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ اﻷوﱃ‪ ,‬واﻟﺘﻰ‬ ‫أﺷﻌﻠﻬﺎ ﺑﺠﺴﺪه ‪.‬‬ ‫ﻣﺤﻤﺪ اﻟﺒﻮﻋﺰﻳﺰي‬ ‫اﻟﺤﻮار ﻣﻦ ﺧﻴﺎل اﻟﻜﺎﺗﺐ‪ ,‬وإن ﻛﺎن ﻳﺘﻤﻨﻰ ﺣﺪوﺛﻪ‬ ‫ﺑﺎﻟﻔﻌﻞ ‪.‬‬ ‫‪40 /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011‬‬


‫ﺣﻮار ﻣﻊ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ اﻟﺒﻮﻋﺰﻳﺰي‬ ‫ﺑﻘﻠﻢ اﻟﻜﺎﺗﺐ ‪ :‬اﺣﻤﺪ ﻧﺼﺎر‬

‫ﺷﺎب وﻓﺘﺎه ‪ ....‬أخ و أﺧﺎه ‪ ....‬إﺑﻦ و أﺑﺎه * ﻣﻦ ﻫﻮ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ اﻟﺒﻮﻋﺰﻳﺰي ؟‬ ‫وﻃﻔﻞ‬ ‫ﴏخ – ﻓﺄﺟﱪ ﺣﺎﻛﻢ أن ﻳﺄيت ﻓﻌﻠﻪ ‪ -‬إﺳﻤﻲ ﻃﺎرق اﻟﻄﻴﺐ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ اﻟﺒﻮﻋﺰﻳﺰي‪,‬‬ ‫ﻛﻔﻌﻞ اﻟﺸﺎه‬ ‫ﺗﻮﻧﴘ‪ ,‬ﻋﻤﺮي ‪ ٢٦‬ﺳﻨﻪ‪ ,‬وﺻﻠﺖ ﰱ اﻟﺪراﺳﺔ‬ ‫ﻳﺨﺸﺎه‬ ‫رب‬ ‫ﻳﻌﺮف‬ ‫مل‬ ‫–‬ ‫ﻗﺎﺗﻞ‬ ‫ﻣﺄﺟﻮرأﺧﺬﺗﻪ اﻟﻌﻈﻤﺔ – ﻓﻈﻦ اﻷﺣﻤﻖ ﺣﺘﻰ اﳌﺮﺣﻠﺔ اﻟﺜﺎﻧﻮﻳﺔ وﻛﻨﺖ أﻋﻤﻞ ﺑﺎﺋﻌﺎً‬ ‫ﻣﺠﻨﻮن –‬ ‫ﻟﻠﺨﴬوات ‪.‬‬ ‫أﻧﻪ إﻟﻪ‬ ‫ﻷﺷﺒﺎه‬ ‫ﺣﺘﻰ‬ ‫ﺗﺮﻗﻮا‬ ‫مل‬ ‫–‬ ‫ﺣﻜﺎﻣﺎ‬ ‫ﻟﺴﺘﻢ‬ ‫* ﰱ ﻳﻮم ‪ ١٧‬دﻳﺴﻤﱪ ﻣﻦ اﻟﻌﺎم ‪ ٢٠١٠‬ﻗﻤﺖ‬ ‫‪ ...‬ﻧﻈﺮا ً ﻟﻮﻋﻮرة اﻟﻄﺮﻳﻖ وإﺧﺘﺼﺎرا ً ﻟﻠﻮﻗﺖ ﺑﺈﴐام اﻟﻨﺎر ﰱ ﺟﺴﺪك‪ ,‬أﻣﺎم ﻣﻘﺮ وﻻﻳﺔ‬ ‫ﻗﻘﺮرت أن أذﻫﺐ أﻧﺎ ﻟﻠﻘﺎﺋﻪ ﺣﻴﺚ ﻫﻮ ‪ .‬ﺑﻮزﻳﺪ ؟ ﳌﺎذا ؟‬ ‫ ﻧﻌﻢ – أﺷﻌﻠﺖ اﻟﻨﺎر ﰱ ﻧﻔﴘ‪ ,‬أﻣﺎ ﳌﺎذا –‬‫وﺣني وﺻﻠﺖ ورأﻳﺘﻪ‬ ‫اﻟﻘﺎﻣﺔ‪ .,‬ﻗﻮي اﻟﺒﻨﻴﺔ‪ ,‬ذو ﺑﴩة ﻓﻬﻨﺎك اﻟﻜﺜري ﻣﻦ اﻷﺳﺒﺎب أﻗﻠﻬﺎ ﻳﻜﻔﻲ ﻷﻓﻌﻞ‬ ‫ﺷﺎب‬ ‫ﻣﺘﻮﺳﻂرﺟﻮﻟﺔ ومل ﻳﺄﺑﻪ اﻟﺰﻣﺎن ﻟﺸﺒﺎﺑﻪ ﻣﺎ ﻓﻌﻠﺖ ‪.‬‬ ‫ﺳﻤﺮاء زادﺗﻪ‬ ‫‪.‬‬ ‫وﺟﻬﻪ‬ ‫ﻋﲆ‬ ‫واﺿﺤﺔ‬ ‫ﻓﱰك أﺛﺎره‬ ‫* وﻣﺎ ﻫﻮ اﻟﺴﺒﺐ اﻟﺬى ﻳﺪﻓﻊ ﺷﺎب ﰱ‬ ‫ﻗﺎﺑﻠﻨﻲ ﺑﺈﺑﺘﺴﺎﻣﺔ ود وﺗﺮﺣﺎب ﻫﺎدﺋﺔ‬ ‫ﺻﻐرية‪ .‬ﺑﺪون ﻣﻘﺘﺒﻞ اﻟﻌﻤﺮ ﻟﻘﺘﻞ ﻧﻔﺴﻪ ؟‬ ‫ﺗﻠﻔﺖ ﺣﻮﱄ ﻓﻮﺟﺪت ﻏﺮﻓﺔ‬ ‫ﻧﻮاﻓﺬ‪ ,‬ﺑﺤﺜﺖ ﻋﻦ ﳽء أﺟﻠﺲ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ وﻋﻨﺪﻫﺎ ‪ -‬ﻓﻘﺪت ﻣﺎ أﻣﻠﻚ ‪ ....‬ﻛﺮاﻣﺘﻲ – ﻓﻔﻘﺪت‬ ‫أﻧﻘﺬىن ﻫﻮ ﺑﺪﻋﻮىت إﱃ اﻟﺠﻠﻮس ‪ .‬وﺟﻠﺴﻨﺎ إﺣﱰاﻣﻲ ﻟﺬايت ‪.‬‬ ‫ﻋﲆ اﻷرض ‪.‬‬ ‫‪/٤١‬ﻋﺪد ‪ 2‬ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ ‪2011‬‬

‫* أﻻ ﻳﻌﺘﱪ ﻫﺬا ﺣﺴﺐ اﻟﴩﻳﻌﺔ اﻹﺳﻼﻣﻴﺔ‬ ‫ﴍك ﺑﺮﺣﻤﺔ اﻟﻠﻪ ؟‬ ‫ﻗﺪ إﻧﻘﺴﻤﺖ اﻷراء ﺣﻮل ﻣﺎ إذا ﻛﺎن ﻣﺤﻤﺪ‬ ‫ﺑﻮ ﻋﺰﻳﺰي ﻣﻨﺘﺤﺮاً أم ﺷﻬﻴﺪاً ؟ ﻓﻜﻴﻒ ﺗﺮى‬ ‫أﻧﺖ ﻧﻔﺴﻚ ؟‬ ‫ اﻟﺪﻳﻦ اﻹﺳﻼﻣﻲ ﺣﺮم ﻗﺘﻞ اﻟﻨﻔﺲ‪ ,‬وﻟﻜﻨﻲ‬‫أﺗﺒﻊ دﻳﻦ ﺣﻜﺎﻣﻲ وﻫﻮ ﻳﺤﺮم اﻟﺤﻴﺎة ‪.‬‬ ‫* أرى أﻧﻪ ﺑﺎﻟﻨﺴﺒﺔ ﻟﺸﺎب ﺗﻠﻘﻰ ﻗﺪراً ﺑﺴﻴﻄﺎً‬ ‫ﻣﻦ اﻟﺘﻌﻠﻴﻢ‪ ,‬إﻻ ﻟﺪﻳﻚ ﻓﻠﺴﻔﺘﻚ اﻟﺨﺎﺻﺔ ؟‬ ‫ ﻟﻘﺪ ﺗﻠﻘﻴﺖ ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻴﻢ اﻟﺤﻴﺎة ‪.‬‬‫* ﻫﻞ ﻛﺎن ﻳﺠﺐ أن ميﻮت ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺑﻮ ﻋﺰﻳﺰي‬ ‫ﻟﺘﻨﻄﻠﻖ ﴍارة اﻟﺜﻮرة اﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ اﻷوﱃ ؟‬ ‫ ﺑﺘﻮاﺿﻊ ‪ -‬ﻟﻜﻞ ﳽء ﺑﺪاﻳﺔ – ﺣﺘﻰ إذا‬‫ﻣﺎﻛﺎن ﺑﺎﺋﻊ ﺧﴬوات ‪.‬‬


Cars

Mi Chiamo Aventador

–ƒơ”‹––‡”

Written by:  AbdulMohsen  Saad  Al  Mayyas

When it   comes   to   their   big   v-­‐12   …ƒ”•ǡ –Š‡‹” ƪƒ‰•Š‹’ „ƒ––Ž‡ …”—‹•‡”•ǡ Lamborghini  really  «really»  like  to  take   their  time.  Just  the  Miura,  Countach,   Diablo   and   the   Murcielago   span   half   a   century   of   Lamborghini›s   history   -­‐   and   now   at   last   there’s   a   new   one. It’s   called   the   Aventador   (LP   700-­‐ 4),   it   costs   KD   110,000   ($   400,000),   and   it’s   the   closest   thing   to   a   stealth   Ƥ‰Š–‡”Œ‡–›‘—ǯŽŽ‡˜‡”•‡‡‘–Š‡”‘ƒ†Ǥ It  even  has  a  starter  button  that  looks   like   it’s   straight   out   of   top   gun.   The   current   owner   of   Lamborghini   said   recently   that   the   order   of   priority   for   Lamborghini   was   top   speed,   acceleration   and   handling   -­‐   in   that   42  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

order. The   thing   about   this   car   is   that  they  bothered  to  make  one  at  all.   the   order   of   priority   is   the   other   Carmakers   these   days   are   shying   ™ƒ› ƒ”‘—†ǡ Šƒ†Ž‹‰ …‘‡• Ƥ”•– and   speed   has   the   lowest   priority.   away   from   building   cars   with   bigger   engines.  BMW’s  new  M5  for  example   ‘™ †‹† ‹– ’‡”ˆ‘”ǫ  ˆƒ–ƒ•–‹… will   have   a   V8   instead   of   a   V10   and   0-­‐100   km/h   in   2.9   seconds   and   a   top   Mercedes   AMG   is   ditching   its   V12’s   in   •’‡‡† ‘ˆ ͙͔͗ ȀŠǡ ‡‡’ ‹ ‹† favor   of   V8’s   calling   it   “moving   with   that’s   with   top   speed   as   a   lower   –Š‡–‹‡•dzǤ—––Šƒ–ǯ•‘–•‘‡ƒ•›™‹–Š priority.   This   does   not   even   begin   to   a   big   Lamborghini,   the   V12   is   kind   of   describe   its   extreme   performance.   Ž‹‡‹–••‹‰ƒ–—”‡†‹•Šǡ‹–†‡Ƥ‡•–Š‡…ƒ”Ǥ With   its   current   top   speed   it’s   The  engineers  at  Lamborghini  insisted   even   faster   than   its   predecessor,   that   no   matter   what   happened   with   the   Murcielago.   This   pulverizing   the   Aventador,   it   had   to   have   a   V12.   performance   comes   courtesy   of   the   The   by-­‐product   of   a   V12,   of   course,   Aventador’s   massive   6.5   liter   engine,   –Š‡‹” Ƥ”•– ƒŽŽ ‡™ ͕͖ ‹ ƒŽ‘•– ͙͔ is   a   lot   of   horsepower,   and   this   baby   years.   What’s   surprising   though   is   has   700   of   them.   That   power   is   fed   to  


â&#x20AC;ŤŘ§ďť&#x;ďş´ďť´Ů&#x20AC;Ů&#x20AC;Ů&#x20AC;ďş&#x17D;عا ŘŞâ&#x20AC;Ź

all  four   wheels,   permanent   all-­â&#x20AC;?wheel   drive,   through   a   uniquely   designed   gearbox.  It  can  shift  gears  in  less  than   50  milliseconds,  which  is  a  speed  I  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   perform   even   with   a   blink   of   an   eye   Lamborghini  developed  a  completely   new  high-­â&#x20AC;?performance  power  unit  -­â&#x20AC;?  an   extremely  powerful  and  high-­â&#x20AC;?revving,   but  very  compact  power  unit  for  this,   dare   I   call   it,   car.   The   V12,   with   a   515   kW  (700  hp)  at  8,250  rpm  sets  a  whole   new   benchmark,   even   in   the   world   of  super  sports  cars.  The  max  torque   output   at   690   Newton   meters   (509   lb-­â&#x20AC;?ft)   at   5,500   rpm.   This   extremely   well-­â&#x20AC;?rounded   torque   curve,   the   bull-­â&#x20AC;? like   pulling   power,   the   spontaneous   responsiveness  and,  last  but  not  least,   Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ?Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2122;Â&#x192;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; emotional  acoustics  are  what  make  this   engine  a  stunning  power  plant  of  the   very   highest   order,   but   thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   more.   Other   high   tech   features   like   corsa   Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â? Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;ÇĄ Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160; Â&#x2018;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; a   more   brutal   acceleration   kick   and   of   course   focuses   on   their   number  

one  priority,  handling.  A  self-­â&#x20AC;?blocking   Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2013; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D; Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; by  ESP  makes  for  even  more  dynamic   Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Ǥ Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2030;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;ÇŤ Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021; DzÂ&#x2014;Â?Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Çł Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2018;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2019;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2020; suspension,   inspired   by   Formula   1,   which   is   very   clever,   unheard   of   in   a   road   car,   and   tuned   perfectly   to   meet   the  needs  of  a  high-­â&#x20AC;?performance  road   vehicle.  So  as  the  Aventador  looks  as   mental  as  everything  else  in  its  family   tree,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   already   a   serious   player.   The  noise  it  makes  is  spirited  instead   of   deafening.   The   chassis   is   made   of   Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â? ƤÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2019;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030; Â&#x2039;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â?Ǥ Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; air   conditioning   actually   works.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   proper   car,   rather   than   a   machine   that   just   looks   like   it   wants   to   kill   you. Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2030;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2039; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;ƤÂ?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A; pinnacle  of  the  world  super  sports  car   market   -­â&#x20AC;?   brutal   power,   outstandingly   lightweight   and   phenomenal   handling   precision   combined   with   Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â? Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A; ƤÂ?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; equipment   to   deliver   an   unparalleled  

driving  experience.   It   is   based   on   an   Â&#x2039;Â?Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â?njƤÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â?Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201C;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2021; that  combines  exceptional  lightweight   engineering   with   the   highest   levels   Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;ĆĄÂ?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x2022;Â&#x192;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x203A;Ǥ Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â?Â?Â&#x2022; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x192; dry   weight   of   only   1,575   kilograms   Č&#x2039;Í&#x2014;ÇĄÍ&#x2DC;Í&#x203A;Í&#x2013; Â&#x17D;Â&#x201E;Č&#x152;ÇĄ Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2026;Â&#x160; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122; for   this   class   of   vehicle,   yet   the   fuel   consumption   and   CO2   emissions   are   down  by  around  20  percent  compared   with   its   predecessor,   despite   the   considerable  increase  in  power  (+8%).   Built   to   the   very   highest   quality   standards   in   an   all-­â&#x20AC;?new   production   facility   in   Santâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agata   Bolognese,   the   Â&#x2021;Â&#x161;Â&#x2019;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;ÇŚÂ&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2018;ĆĄÂ&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022; hi-­â&#x20AC;?tech  features  ranging  from  the  TFT   cockpit  display  with  Drive  Select  Mode.   For  Lamborghini,  the  design  is  always   beautifully   aggressive,   powerful,   and   elegantly   breathtaking.   From   the   very   ƤÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2030;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;ÇĄ Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122; Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2022; unmistakably   a   Lamborghini,   clothed   in   its   characteristic   and   distinctive   design   language   -­â&#x20AC;?   extremely   powerful   proportions,   exact   lines,   precise  

2011 â&#x20AC;Ť ďşłďş&#x2019;ďş&#x2DC;﹪â&#x20AC;Ź2 â&#x20AC;Ťďť&#x2039;ﺪدâ&#x20AC;Ź/٤٣


Cars

surfaces, and   with   taut   muscularity   in   every   one   of   its   details.   Its   •’ƒ…‹‘—• ‹–‡”‹‘” …‘„‹‡• –Š‡ Ƥ‡ exclusivity   of   premium   perfection   of   Italian   craftsmanship   with   state-­‐ of-­‐the-­‐art   technology   and   generous   equipment.   A   red   switch   cover   on   the   broad   center   tunnel   encloses   the   start   button   used   to   awaken   the   12   cylinder   beast.   The   interior   is   †‘‹ƒ–‡† „› ƒ Dz‡š–Ǧ‰‡‡”ƒ–‹‘dz dashboard   -­‐   a   modern   airplane   presentation   on   a   TFT-­‐LCD   screen   using  innovative  display  concepts  with   a   separate   screen   dedicated   to   the   multimedia   and   navigation   system. It   is   extreme   in   its   design   and   its   performance,   uncompromising   in   its   standards   and   technology,   and   unmistakably   Italian   in   its   style   and   perfection.  Overall,  the  dynamics  and   technical   excellence   of   the   Aventador   LP   700-­‐4   makes   it   unrivalled   in   the   worldwide  super  sports  car  arena.  With   the   Aventador,   Lamborghini   is   taking   a  big  step  into  the  future.  Lamborghini   •–ƒ”–‡† –ƒ‹‰ Ƥ”•– †‡Ž‹˜‡”‹‡• ‘ˆ –Š‡ Aventador   late   summer   of   this   year. 44  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


‫اﻟﺴﻴـــﺎرا ت‬

‫‪/٤٥‬ﻋﺪد ‪ 2‬ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ ‪2011‬‬


Educational

Back to School

–ƒơ”‹––‡”•

Starting at 100%

You wake   up   at   5:50   AM   feelin›   like   P-­‐Diddy   after   the   most   refreshing   8   hours   of   seep.   You   look   at   your   alarm   and  you  smile,  you  woke  up  all  on  your   own   10   minutes   before   your   alarm   even  rang!  You  look  out  your  window;   t›s   sunny   outside.   You   look   at   your   hung   uniform,   and   when   you   put   it   on,  the  familiarity  of  it  on  your  skin  is   comforting.  If  you›re  a  senior,  putting   on   your   uniform   is   twice   as   exciting,   embarrasingly   so!   You   can›t   stop   checking   yourself   out   in   the   mirror,   red   looks   so   good   on   you.   You   grab   your   new   Eastpak   bag,   wondering   46  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

what books   will   be   inhabiting   your   „ƒ…’ƒ… „› –Š‡ ‡† ‘ˆ –Š‡ Ƥ”•– week.    Or    maybe  you›re  one  of  those   students   who   form   emotional   bonds   with   their   bags,   and   you›ve   kept   the   same   one   throughout   the   years.   You   smile  as  you  pick  up  your  bag,  thinking   of   all   the   exciting   adventures   you›re   going  to  experience  together  this  year.   ‘— ƤƒŽŽ› Š‡ƒ† ‘—–Ǥ Š‡ •— ‹• shining,   the   skies   are   blue,   the   birds   are   singing,   and   the   weather   is   beautiful.   You›ve   forgotten   how   lovely   mornings   can   be   in   Kuwait.   You   inhale   a   deep   breath   of   fresh  

air, and   it   feels   like   you›re   breathing   freedom.   A   BBM   from   your   friend   snaps  you  out  of  your  daze,  and  as  you   respond,   you   look   at   the   time:   6.45!      On  your  way  to  school,  you  think  of   the   classes   you›re   taking:     you   think   about   your   electives,   how   excited   you   are   to   be   writing   for   the   school   newspaper,   or   toning   your   muscles   in   Weight   Lifting,   or   seeing   your   Psychology  teacher  dig  his  face  into  a   pizza   as   he   explains   how   sometimes   our  desires  take  over  our  actions.    As   you   start   to   get   ahead   of   yourself,   your   driver   arrives   at   your   school.     The   familiar   gates   are   open   and   welcoming,   the   guards   you›ve   known   for   years   are   smiling   warmly   and   happy   to   see   all   the   students   again.   After   you   say   hello   to   them,   you   are   once  again  reunited  with  the  embrace   of  the  arms  of  your  school.  Seeing  your   friends   again   makes   you   happy,   and   you  can›t  wait  to  see  who›s  with  you   in   what,   and   who   your   teachers   are,   so   you   know   whether   to   be   naughty   or   nice.   .   You   see   a   lot   of   new   faces,   scared   new   students;   you   show   them   around,  introduce  them  to  everyone,   make   them   feel   at   home.   You   want   everyone   to   love   coming   to   school   every   morning   as   much   as   you   do.   Š‡ Ƥ”•– †ƒ› ‘ˆ •…Š‘‘Ž –”—Ž› „‡‰‹• when   you   see   everyone   you   know   around   you,   with   all   the   teachers   that   have   taught   you,   and   you   feel   happy.   You   are   one,   big,   happy   family,   about   to   embark   on   a   journey   of   education,   self-­‐discovery,   friendship,   laughter,   and   knowledge   together   for   the   next   9   months.   Have  a  great  year.  


Starting at dead 0

make that   45   minutes.     Your   drive,   however,  is  punctuated  by  the  violent   breaking  of  your  new  driver,  robbing   you   of   any   shuteye   you   might   have   had.     Awake,   it   dawns   upon   you   that   every   moment   that   passes   by   is   bringing   you   closer   to   those   school   gates   and   8   hours   of   inhumane   imprisonment.  Inching  closer   to   your   inevitable   fate   creates   that   sense   of   utter   helplessness   -­‐-­‐much   like   the   feeling  a  paraplegic  would  have  if  he   was   thrown   into   a   white-­‐water   river   en   route   to   a   very   violent     waterfall.   To   avoid   thinking   about   your   doom,   you  start  doing  the  math,  counting  the   ™‡‡• —–‹Ž –Š‡ Ƥ”•– Ž‘‰ ™‡‡‡†Ǥ Converting  that  into  school  days  and   then   that   into   school   hours.   Don’t   ˆ‘”‰‡– –‘ †‡†—…– –Š‡ ͙͗ ‹—–‡• ˆ‘” lunch.  Ahhh,  lunch,  where  some  fatayer   and   a   quick   nap   can   be   had!   At   least   there’s  some  salvation  to  this  tragedy.   But   no.   There   are   no   victories   for   ›‘— –‘†ƒ›Ǥ Š‡ Ƥ”•– ˆƒ‹Ž‹ƒ” ˆƒ…‡ you   run   into   after   getting   dropped   ‘ơ ƒ– –Š‡ —•—ƒŽ ‰ƒ–‡ –‡ŽŽ• ›‘—ǡ DzŠ hey   man,   by   the   way   did   you   hear   Ž—…Š ‹• ͖͔ ‹—–‡• –Š‹• ›‡ƒ”Ǥdz Curse   them,   curse   them   all.     You   won’t   win   anything   this   year.   All   the   teachers   who   tell   you   that   the   students  enjoy  their  class  are  lying,  and   why   is   the   sun   still   so   painfully  bright!  

First it   starts   with   that   awful   vibration   before   the   alarm,   followed   by   the   painful   act   of   prying   open   your   eyes   to   a   sun   that   you   forgot   ‡š‹•–‡† „‡ˆ‘”‡ ͗ ’Ǥ  ‘—ǯ”‡ ˆ‘”…‡† to   get   up   by   the   consistent   nagging   from   those   who   are   excited   for   the   Ƥ”•– †ƒ›Ǥ  Ž‡–Šƒ”‰‹…•–—„Ž‡ ‘˜‡” –‘ your  wardrobe  has  already  consumed   all   your   energy,   but   that   won’t   do   „‡…ƒ—•‡ ›‘— ‡‡† –‘ Ƥ† –Šƒ– ƒŽŽǦ too-­‐familiar   uniform,   perfumed   with   just   a   hint   of   the   laundry-­‐wash   it   got  

four months  ago.    Then  the  worst  of   all:   picking   up   that   empty   backpack   soon   to   be   full   with   the   anguish   and   pain   of   nine   months   of   school. ”‡ƒˆƒ•–ǫ  ‘ ™ƒ›Ǥ ‘—ǯ”‡ •–‹ŽŽ –‘‘ „—•› Ƥ‰—”‹‰ ‘—– ™Š› –Š‡ ’‡”•‘ who   made   school   thought   it   was   a   good  idea  to  start  it  at  7:45AM.    How   did   my   summer   just   get   completely   †‡…ƒ’‹–ƒ–‡† ‹ –Š‡ ’ƒ•– ͙ ‹—–‡•ǫ ƒ†™Š›‹•‹–•‘„”‹‰Š–ǫŠ‡†”‹˜‡‹•ƒ ™‡Ž…‘‡‡˜‡–ǡƒ›„‡›‘—…ƒ‰‡–͔͗ ‹—–‡•‘ˆ•Ž‡‡’Ǥ”ƒƥ…ǡ‡˜‡„‡––‡”ǡ

However, once   you   get   over   the   initial   aching   pains   of   breaking   out   of   summer   you   begin   to   ”‡‡„‡” –Š‡ ‰‘‘† •–—ơ ƒ„‘—– school.   Namely   all   your   friends,   adventures   and   that   heroic   hour   of   –Š‡ „‡ŽŽ ”‹‰‹‰ ƒ– ͖ǣ͔͗ ˆ‘ŽŽ‘™‡† „› the   desperate   sprint   to   freedom. Then   there   is   that   golden   moment,   where   nothing   spells   survival   and   accomplishment   like   a   good   quarter   KD   spent   at   the   baqala.   Good  luck! 2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٤٧


UNDP International Youth Day 2011

48 /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011


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Supernatural

Flesh of my flesh Written by:  AbdulMohsen  Saad  Al  Mayyas

The human  heart  —  a  muscle,  a  blood   pump,   and   universally   associated   with   emotions,   love   and   human   feelings.   This   association,   a   concept   created   by   artists   and   poets,   meanwhile   stubborn   scientists   denied   the   fact   that   the   heart   had   any   connection   with   human   emotions   until   now.   Recent   studies   have   shown   that   the   human   heart   is   capable   of   much   more   than   just   pumping   blood   around  the  body;  that  the  artists  and   poets   may   have   been   right   all   along. A   certain   pattern   began   to   show   in   heart   transplant   patients.   They   recovered   with   a   sudden   change   in   taste,  personality  traits  and  memory. 50  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

Scientists are   testing   the   theory   that   the   heart   is   a   little   more   intelligent  than  we  give  it  credit  for,   that   the   heart,   may   lead   the   brain   sometimes   in   interpretations.   Dr.   Rollin  McCraty,  director  of  Research   at   the   Institute   of   HeartMath   in   California,   a   leading   organization   in   understanding   the   heart’s   role   in   health,   researched   this   strange   phenomenon   and   states   that   “the   heart  plays  a  unique  role  in  the  way   ™‡ –Š‹dzǤ ‘” ƒ› ’Š›•‹…‹ƒ• ƒ† scientists,  this  is  a  very  controversial   theory.   Could   the   heart   be   just   a   „Ž‘‘†Ǧ’—’‹‰‘”‰ƒǡ‘”‹•‹–‘”‡ǫ Š‡Ƥ”•–…ƒ•‡–Šƒ–…ƒ—‰Š–•…‹‡–‹•–•ǯ attention   was   in   1988.   A   47-­‐year-­‐

old heart   patient   by   the   name   of   Claire   was   recovering   from   heart   and   lung   transplant   surgery.   She   managed   to   fully   recover   with   a   pair   of   new   lungs,   a   new   heart,   and   a   whole   new   taste   for   life.   She   began   experiencing   changes,   developing  a  taste  for  green  peppers   ,   fried   chicken   and   beer,   all   of   which   she   never   had   a   liking   for.   Not   long   after,she   began   having   a   change   in   memories.   Slowly   Claire   noticed   other   changes   in   her   handwriting   and  personality  traits,  as  she  seemed   to  be  more   assertive   and   aggressive.   Even   her   own   daughter   noticed   a   †‹ơ‡”‡…‡ ‹ –Š‡ ™ƒ› •Š‡ ™ƒŽ‡†ǡ


Mind of my Mind and then  there  was  the  dream.  In  it  she   dreamt   she   was   in   a   grassy   outdoor   place,   it   was   summer,   and   was   with   a   tall,  thin  young  man  with  sandy-­‐colored   hair.   In   the   dream   she   knew   him   as   Tim  L.  and  he  was  riding  a  motorcycle.   Waking   up   she   was   completely   sure   that   this   was   more   than   just   a   dream.   Claire  asked  the  hospital  for  information   on  her  donor  and  she  was  told  that  this   ™ƒ• …‘Ƥ†‡–‹ƒŽ ‹ˆ‘”ƒ–‹‘Ǥ  DzŽ‡ƒ•‡ †‘ǯ–’—”•—‡–Š‹•dz•ƒ‹†–Š‡…‘‘”†‹ƒ–‘”Ǥ Not   taking   no   for   an   answer,   Claire   started   piecing   together   what   little   information   she   had.     Her   donor,   she   knew,  was  a  young  18-­‐year-­‐old  man  who   had  been  killed  in  a  motorcycle  accident.     She  soon  found  the  obituary  matching   the   description.     His   name   was   Tim   Lamirande.   Claire   soon   wrote   to   the   young   man’s  family  and  arranged  a  meeting.     What   she   discovered   was   nothing   short   of   amazing.     Tim   loved   beer   and  green  peppers.    Tim’s  sister  said,   DzǤǤǤŠ‡ ”‡ƒŽŽ› Ž‘˜‡† …Š‹…‡ —‰‰‡–•Ǥdz Claire   knew   this   was   the   young   man   whose   heart   and   lungs   were   now   inside   of   her.     Somehow,   a   part   of   his   personality,   including   memories,   had   been  transferred  to  her.   The   human   heart   is   in   constant   communication   with   the   brain.   Thousands   of   neurons,   not   to   mention  hormones,  communicate  up   to  the  brain  all  the  time.  A  pulse  wave   is   released   through   the   body   every   time   the   heartbeats   creating,   a   most   impressive,   magnetic   energy   that   is   5,000   times   larger   than   that   of   the   brain.

It can   even   be   measured   up   to   six   feet  away  from  our  bodies,  an  energy   that’s  hard  to  neglect.  The  energy  of   the   heart   and   its   relationship   with   the   brain   is   thought   to   be   the   key.   As   more   and   more   patients   came   up   with   remarkable   experiences   ˆ—”–Š‡” …‘Ƥ”‹‰ –Š‡ –Š‡‘”›Ǥ

With some   patients   the   degree   of   coincidence   is   too   detailed.   Like   the   case   of   the   man   in   his   late   40’s   who   received   a   heart   from   a   teenager.   Months   into   recovery   he   began   developing   a   taste   for   classical   music   and   humming   tunes   he   never   even   heard   before. 2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٥١


Supernatural

He  later  discovered  that  the  boy,  his   donor,   was   a   classical   violinist.   This   is   more   than   just   a   small   change   in   traits.  Remarkable  parallels  were  seen   in   another   case   where   a   man   who   never   learned   how   to   read   or   write   recovered   with   the   sudden   ability   to   write   poetry.   His   wife   of   25   years   was   shocked  at  his  sudden  leaning  towards   romance   and   writing.   He   pursued   it   further   until   it   was   later   revealed   to   him   that   his   donor   was   a   writer   and   a   poet.   Scientists   later   found   a   system   of  neurons  in  the  heart  that  mimics  a   small  brain.  The  question,  is  the  brain   the  only  place  where  memories  could   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020;ÇŤ Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;ÇŤÂ?Â&#x2018;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â?Â?ÇŤ If   we   only   glorify   the   brain   we   will   never   be   open   to   the   possibility   that   another   organ   thinks.   Dr.   Andrew   Armour,   neuroscientists   at   the   university   of   Halifax,   Canada,   52  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

looked  closely   and   found   something   strangely   interesting.   He   discovered   a   sophisticated   network   of   neurons   in   the   heart   that   create   a   small   but   complex   nervous   system   that   he   Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; DzÂ&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2039;Â? Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013;dzǤ This   challenged   the   traditional   way   of   thinking,   the   possibility   of   another   source   of   intelligence.   Researchers   at   the  Institute  of  HeartMath  in  California   Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; DzÂ&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;dzǤ They   have   detailed   images   that   showed  that  these  neurons  have  long   and   short   memory   capabilities;   the   same   way   a   brain   exhibits   memory. They   found   that   the   heart   is   the   most   accurate   part   of   the   body   that   Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;ĆŞÂ&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022; Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2122; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;ÇŻÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2022; messages   that   strongly   correlate   with   our   emotional   state.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   Â&#x2022;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x2039;ƤÂ&#x2026; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2022; more   information   to   the   brainthan   the   brain   does   to   the   heart     It   is     also  important  to  know  the  relationship   between   the   heart   and   the   brain.

Presently,  research   shows   that   personality   changes   are   shown   in   5-­â&#x20AC;?10   percent   of   heart   recipients.   The   possibility   is   there   and   cannot   be   refuted,   and   if   it   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   completely   refuted   then   we   should   look   into   it   instead   of   denying   it   completely.   With   new   evidence   that   the   heart   has   a   unique   type   of   intelligence,   we   are   moving   towards   a   better   understanding   of   how   the   heart,   in   collaboration   with   the   brain,   has   a   role   to   play   in   interpreting   the   world   around   us.   The   heart,   based   on   current   science   as   well   as   ancient   poetry   and   art,   is   a   sentient,   thinking,  feeling,  remembering  organ   and   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   the   story.     If   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   true,   have   we   been   thinking   without   a   heart   all   these   years   as   much   as   we   Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020;ÇŤ Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013;ÇŻÂ&#x2022; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021;ÇĄ Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021; Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; wake   up   and   follow   our   hearts.


Environmental

Ocean For Life –ƒơ”‹––‡” Written by:  Abrar  Al  Shammari

Held from   July   14th   till   the   26th,   the   summer   course   took   place   at   the   University   of   California,   in   Santa   Barbara›s   Marine   Science   Institute.   –‘–ƒŽ‘ˆ͔͗–‡‡ƒ‰‡”•ˆ”‘ƒŽŽ‘˜‡” the   world   were   chosen   and   spent   12   days   together,   learning   about   †‹ơ‡”‡–™ƒ›•–Š‡›…ƒŠ‡Ž’‹’”‘˜‡ the   environments   of   their   local   areas.   The   cultural   diversity   was   a   smart   move   on   the   program’s   behalf,   since   each   student   would   return   to   his   country   and   apply   what   he   learned   to   his   own   community,   thus   •’”‡ƒ†‹‰ ’‘•‹–‹˜‡ ‹ƪ—‡…‡ ‰Ž‘„ƒŽŽ›Ǥ Ocean   for   Life   participants   learned   about   the   interconnectedness   between   Earth’s   physical   systems,   such  as  the  ocean,  and  human  actions.   They  attended  lectures,  seminars,  and   presentations  that  would  portray  the   ‡ơ‡…–ƒ‹†’s  negligence  is  having   on  the  environment  and  its  inhabitants:   plants,   animals,   and   humans.

Few high   school   students   can   Bader  Al  Habib  and  Basmah  Al-­‐Mesad,  

go back   to   school   in   September   honestly  saying  they  had  a  productive   •—‡”Ǥ  –Š‡ Ƥ”•– †ƒ› ‘ˆ •…Š‘‘Žǡ most   Kuwaiti   highschoolers   sit   together   at   lunch   talking   about   the   shopping   they   did   in   London,   the   clubbing   they   did   in   Beirut,   the   assortment   of   activities   they   did   in   Dubai,   the   guy/girl-­‐hunting   they   did   in   Spain,   and   of   course,   the   endless   hours  of  sleeping  they  did  in  Kuwait.   54  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

two seventeen-­‐year-­‐old   Kuwaiti   students  at  the  American  International   School   of   Kuwait,   broke   their   annual   routine   this   year   and   chose   to   do   •‘‡–Š‹‰ †‹ơ‡”‡–Ǥ ‘‰‡–Š‡”ǡ they   applied   to   Ocean   for   Life,   an   environmental   program   associated   with   well-­‐known   organizations   and   media   sponsors   such   as   The   GLOBE   (Global   Learning   and   Observations   –‘ ‡‡Ƥ– –Š‡ ˜‹”‘‡–Ȍ  ƒ† the   National   Geographic   Society.

For Bader,  who  has  been  practicing   photography   since   middle   school,   –Š‹• …‘—”•‡ „‡‡Ƥ–‡† Š‹ ˆ”‘ many   aspects.   In   addition   to   his   sense   of   environmental   awareness   being   heightened,   he   was   also   given   the   opportunity   to   develop   his   photography   skills.   The   participants   were   each   gifted   a   professional   camera  from  Ocean  for  Life,  and  were   expected   to   take   photographs   on   a   daily   basis,   based   on   the   assignment   given  to  them  for  that  day.  For  Basmah,   this  was  a  new  introductory  experience   that   she   enjoyed,   and   through   the   camera   lens,   was   able   to   see   beauty   in   the   things   we   overlook   each   day:   all   parts   of   nature,   and   the   ocean.


They were  both  able  to  see  the  crimes   humans   commit   towards   Mother   Nature,  and  how  ungrateful  mankind   ‹• ˆ‘” ƒŽŽ –Š‡ ‰‹ˆ–• •Š‡ Šƒ• ‘ơ‡”‡† –‘ us,  asking  for  nothing  in  return  but  to   show  gratitude  by  preserving  her  gifts   and   not   harming   them.   An   example   of  the  perfection  of  Mother  Nature›s   gifts  is  when  Bader  and  Basmah  went   to   swim   in   a   nearby   river,   with   crystal   clear  waters  and  heavenly  waterfalls.   They  say  the  water  was  so  clean,  they   didn’t  worry  about  it  being  unsanitary. This   means   that   before   mankind   destroyed   nature   with   all   of   his   technological   weapons,   rivers   used   to   be   so   clean   that   showers   were   not   needed!   The   air   was   so   refreshing,   asthma  did  not  exist,  and  neither  did   pollution.   Animals   would   not   drop   dead   because   of   some   poisonous   material  they  accidentally  swallowed.   Babies   whose   parents   have   previously  lived  through  war  conditions   were  not  born  with  birth  defects.  And   most   importantly,   Mother   Nature   would   not   be   angry   enough   to   want   to   wipe   out   the   human   race,   one   natural   disaster   at   a   time.   Mother   Nature   was   happy,   and   when   her   …Š‹Ž†”‡’‹••‡†Š‡”‘ơǡ•Š‡”‡–ƒŽ‹ƒ–‡†Ǥ

But mothers   will   always   forgive,   if   the   children   take   the   initiative   to   apologize,  and  right  their  wrongs.  This   experience   was   a   humbling   one   for   Bader  and  Basmah,  who  want  to  take   action  and  change  the  way  citizens  of   Kuwait   treat   our   environment.   They   want  to  begin  with  an  environmental   campaign,   to   emphasize   the   degree   to   which   our   environment   has   been   destroyed,   and   to   convey   that   if   we   do  not  change  our  ways,  we  will  have   nothing   left   to   call   home.   Both   of

these students  would  appreciate  any   kind   of   help,   so   if   you   are   interested   in  teaming  up  with  them  and  coming   —’™‹–Š†‹ơ‡”‡–‹†‡ƒ•ǡ…‘–ƒ…––Š‡ via  Twitter  at  the  details  given  below. Basmah  Al  Mesad:  @basoom8 Bader  Al  Habib:  @hausofbader

2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٥٥


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Fashion

Fashion Changes, Style Remains

–ƒơ”‹––‡” Written by:  Bibi  Al  Falah

…‘—Ž†ǯ–Ƥ‰—”‡‘—–™Š‘…ƒ‡—’™‹–Š this quote,  since  Google  accredited  it   to   both   Coco   Chanel   and   Yves   Saint   Laurent.   The   only   thing   we   know   for   sure   is   that   it’s   true.   No   matter   what   is   walking   down   the   catwalk   this   year,   each   person   will   always   end  up  dressing  the  same  way.  If  you   love  neutral  colors  like  I  do,  you  will   rarely   be   seen   in   a   hot   pink   dress.   You  might  buy  it,  but  probably  won’t   ever   wear   it.   This   goes   back   to   each   person’s  individual  likes  and  dislikes,   body   types,   favorite   color   palettes,   and   ultimately,   personal   style.   I  don’t  care  what  the  runways  predict   ƒ•Dz‹•–›Ž‡dz–Š‹••‡ƒ•‘ǡ–Š‡ƒŒ‘”‹–› ‘ˆ › ‘—–Ƥ– …Š‘‹…‡• ™‹ŽŽ •–‹ŽŽ …‘•‹•– ‘ˆ …Žƒ••‹… …‘Ž‘”•ǡ •Šƒ’‡•ǡ ƒ† Ƥ–•Ǥ  Šƒ˜‡ ‡˜‡” ‘™‡† ƒ DzŠƒ”‡ ’ƒ–dz or  a  pair  of  over-­‐the-­‐knee  boots,  and   never  will.  This  goes  to  the  next  point,   Š‘™‹’‘”–ƒ–‹•ˆƒ•Š‹‘ǫ‘ƒ…‡”–ƒ‹ extent,  of  course  it  is  important.  The   runways  inspire,  or  in  some  cases,  are   directly   copied   by   major   shops   like   H&M   and   other   high   street   stores.   At   the   end   of   the   day,   runways   are   important   because   they   end   up   shaping   what   all   of   the   stores   in   the   mall  produce.  The  colors  and  designs   from   the   most   popular   runways   are   immediately   taken   to   the   drawing   boards   of   popular   chain   stores   and   made   cheaper   for   the   masses.   This   certainly   makes   us   feel   less   special.   I   remember   a   free   dress   day   in   high   •…Š‘‘Ž™Š‡”‡ƒ–Ž‡ƒ•–͙†‹ơ‡”‡–‰‹”Ž• were   wearing   the   same   exact   shirt   from   Zara   in   several   color   variations.  

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‘ ™Šƒ–ǯ• –Š‡ •‘Ž—–‹‘ǫ ‘™ …ƒ we be  fashionable  without  becoming   …Ž‘‡• ‘ˆ ‡ƒ…Š ‘–Š‡”ǫ ƒ› ‰‹”Ž• ƒ”‡ actually   becoming   designers   and   making   their   own   clothes,   which   is   evident   here   in   Kuwait   with   the   countless  exhibitions  that  are  always   taking  place.  Another  tactic  is  buying   from   specialty   boutiques   that   only   bring  a  few  pieces  of  each  style.  This  is   of  course  MUCH  pricier,  and  girls  still   end  up  wearing  the  same  gowns  and   dresses   at   formal   events   sometimes.     Alternatively,   online   shopping   is   an   approach   that   keeps   growing   in   popularity.   So   many   girls   in   Kuwait   have   now   become   regular   online   consumers,   and   not   just   from   local   websites.   Net-­‐a-­‐Porter.com   makes   ƒ –‘ ‘ˆ ’”‘Ƥ– ˆ”‘ –Š‡ —Žˆ ”‡‰‹‘ alone,   and   there   are   many   similar   online  stores  based  in  Europe  and  the   United   States   with   special   items   for   all   types   of   budgets.   Personally,   my  

comfort levels  when  it  comes  to  online   shopping   are   extremely   low.   I   have   no   issues   buying   a   piece   of   jewelry   ‘” ƒ „ƒ‰ǡ „—– ’ƒ–•ǫ ”‘„ƒ„Ž› ‘–Ǥ

in Kuwait  that  want  to  do  something   †‹ơ‡”‡– ˆ‘” –Š‡•‡Ž˜‡•Ǥ Š‹• ‹• ƒ great   way   to   be   unique,   fashionable,   and   support   our   community.  

If your   favorite   item   of   clothing   is   a   simple   T   shirt,   then   you’re   in   luck!   Kuwait   has   become   a   goldmine   for   creative   T   shirt   companies   that   have   been   launched   by   locals.   I’m   a   big   fan   of   a   line   called   Capital   District   (www.capitaldistrict.com.kw),   which   carries   T’s   for   both   men   and   women   with   funky   references   to   Kuwait   like   –Š‡ ‘Ž† ƪƒ‰ǡ •›Ž‹‡ǡ ƒ† –Š‡ †Š‘™Ǥ Another   great   shirt   design   company   that   opened   last   year   is   appropriately   called   Local   Tees   (www.local-­‐tees. com).   It   was   launched   by   three   Kuwaitis  and  features  limited  edition  T   shirts  with  creatively  designed  artwork   in   high   quality   fabrics.   I   absolutely   love   local   ventures   and   believe   in   supporting   all   of   the   entrepreneurs  

If none   of   this   applies   to   you,   and   you’d  rather  stick  to  the  good  old  high   street   stores   at   the   Avenues,   then   I   have  one  last  piece  of  advice:  buy  plain   items  in  solid  colors,  and  really  make   them  yours.  If  it’s  a  white  blazer,  wear   it  with  a  bright  funky  tank  underneath   and   pile   on   your   favorite   bracelets.   If   it’s   a   dress,   add   a   fun   brooch   or   statement   necklace   to   jazz   it   up.   Stay   away  from  prints,  as  there  isn’t  as  much   room  for  change  or  personal  touches.   Another  issue  with  prints  is  that  you’re   almost   guaranteed   to   grow   tired   of   them   after   a   few   months.   Finally,   stop   worrying   about   what’s   on   the   runway!    Just  make  sure  you’re  happy   with   yourself   before   walking   out   that   door   and   be   true   to   your   own   style.   2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٥٩


Health and Nutrition

Food For Your Mood

Guest Writter

Written by:  Dana  Al  Salem

Life can   be   stressful   at   times   we   all   know   that.   Whether   it’s  because  you’re  worried  about  your   children   or   about   the   economic   crisis   the  body  will  react  to  the  stress  in  the   same   biological   manor.   When   people   ƒ”‡ •–”‡••‡† –Š‡ Ƥ”•– –Š‹‰ –Šƒ– ‰‡–• ƒơ‡…–‡†‹•–Š‡‹”‡ƒ–‹‰Šƒ„‹–•Ǥ‹†›‘— know   that   not   only   can   your   mood   ƒơ‡…– ›‘—” ˆ‘‘† …Š‘‹…‡•ǡ „—– ›‘—” ˆ‘‘† …Š‘‹…‡• ƒŽ•‘ ƒơ‡…– ›‘—” ‘‘†ǫ Foods   and   nutrients   provide   building   blocks   for   brain   chemicals,   ‡—”‘–”ƒ•‹––‡”•ǡ ™Š‹…Š ƒơ‡…– our   moods.   It   has   been   shown   that   ‘—” ‘‘†• ƪ—…–—ƒ–‡ ‹ Šƒ”‘› with   our   blood   sugar   levels,   where   we   feel   happiest   when   our   blood   sugars   are   rising   and   irritable   and   grumpy   as   our   blood   levels   drop. Reaching   out   for   a   fast   food   meal   is   not   the   best   idea   as   they   lack   quality   proteins,  vitamins  and  minerals  that  our   bodies  require  to  make  these  chemicals.   The  high  levels  of  simple  carbohydrates   in  these  meals  cause  a  boost  of  energy   followed  by  a  crash  as  the  blood  levels   quickly  drop.  In  addition  the  high  levels   of   Trans   fats   (unhealthy   fats)   alter   the   blood   vessel   tone   reducing   the   blood   circulation   to   both   the   body   and   brain   making  you  more  tired  in  the  long  run. When  psychologists  see  patients  with   mood  disorders  they  advise  that  a  natural   or   alternative   treatment   in   addition   to   medication   is   to   improve   their   diets.   Try   adding   one   of   these   foods   to   your   diet  when  you  feel  like  you  need  a  lift. 60  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

neurotransmitters circulating   in   the   brain.   In   addition   green   vegetables   are   high   in   magnesium,   which   when †‡Ƥ…‹‡– Šƒ˜‡ „‡‡ ’”‘˜‡ –‘ Šƒ˜‡ a   dramatically   negative   impact   on   your   mood   and   can   also   lead   to   feelings   of   nervousness   and   a   general   lack   of   energy.   Increasing   your   daily   intake   of   magnesium   is   an   easy   way   to   feel   more   energetic,   with   an   improved   outlook   on   life.

͕ǤƒŽ‘‹•”‹…Š‹‘‡‰ƒǦ͗ˆƒ––›ƒ…‹†• which have   been   known   to   good   for   the   heart,   but   did   you   know   that   they   also   are   associated   with   increased   grey   matter   in   areas   of   the   brain   linked   to   mood   and   behavior.   This   means   not   only   will   they   help   you   feel   happier   but   also   be   able   to   concentrate   better   making   life   a   lot   less   stressful. In  addition  salmon  is  also  rich  in  selenium,   a  mineral  which  has  been  shown  to  be   †‡Ƥ…‹‡–‹’‡‘’Ž‡™Š‘ƒ”‡†‡’”‡••‡†Ǥ Next  time  you  think  your  life  is  going  out   of  control    and  you’re  totally  stressed  out   ͗ǤŠƒ–‹•‹–ƒ„‘—–…Š‘…‘Žƒ–‡–Šƒ–ƒ‡• try  adding  one  or  more  of  these  foods   it   the   most   popular   comfort   food   in   into   your   diet   and   see   how   you   feel. –Š‡ ™‘”Ž†ǫ ƒ” …Š‘…‘Žƒ–‡ •–‹—Žƒ–‡• the   brain   to   produce   natural   opiates,   which   increase   a   feeling   of   well-­‐being,   happiness   and   alertness.   In   addition   chocolates   helps   release   endorphins,   which  are  your  body›s  natural  painkillers.

2. Dark   leafy   vegetables   like   spinach   contain   folic   acid,   vitamin   B6   and   vitamin  B12.  About  one  third  of  people   with   depression   are   often   found   to   „‡ †‡Ƥ…‹‡– ‹ ˆ‘Ž‹… ƒ…‹†Ǥ Š‡ –Š”‡‡ are   needed   to   maintain   optimal   brain   function.   They   are   important   to   help   deliver   oxygen   to   the   brain,   protect   the   brain   from   harmful   toxins,   they   help   turn   glucose   into   energy   within   the   brain   and   keep   the  

4. Bananas   are   high   in   tryptophan   an   amino   acid   which   is   converted   by   the   body   to   serotonin,   the   hormone   which   makes   your   feel   good.   Our   body   does   not   produce   tryptophan   on   its   own   so   whenever   you   feel   down   treat   yourself   to   a   banana.


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UNDP International Youth Day 2011

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Travel and Culture

–ƒơ”‹––‡”ȀŠ‘–‘‰”ƒ’Š‡”

The Colors of Constantinople

Written by:  Nadia  Al  Saqqaf

strait and   over   the   stunning   San   Fran   style   bridge   that   connects   –Š‡ –™‘ †‹ơ‡”‡– …‘–‹‡–• ‘ which   Istanbul   is   happily   residing.   As  I’m  driven  through  the  city  streets,   and   past   the   breath-­‐taking   ottoman   palaces  and  mosques,  there’s  a  certain   magic   that   resonates   through   the   ‰Ž‡ƒ• ‘ˆ •—Ž‹‰Š– ”‡ƪ‡…–‹‰ ‘ơ –Š‡ Bosphorus  and  on  to  the  ancient  but   timeless   architecture.   I   realize   that   I   am   driving   through   one   of   the   most   historically   rich   cities   in   the   world.   There’s  a  harmony  between  new  and   old   in   this   magical   city;   I’m   driven   passed   a   wall   that’s   centuries   old   on   which   gorgeous   monochromatic   photos   of   Kamel   Ataturk   are   nestled   between   the   antiquated   bricks   lit   up   by   tungsten   lights   on   the   inside.  

The second   you   set   foot   outside   of   Ata   Turk   airport,   you   feel   the   marriage   of   cultures,   traditions,   religions,   and   heritage   in   the   air.   You   have   arrived   in   Istanbul.   Hailing   a   taxi   in   Istanbul   is   usually   a   bad   idea,   the   city   is   infamous   for   64  /  Issue:  2  Sep  2011

their thieving   taxi   drivers,   but   being   oblivious   to   this   fact   at   the   time,   I   hailed   a   taxi   and   got   on   my   way   to   the   House   Hotel   on   the   Bosphorus.   The   ride   is   exorbitantly   beautiful,   especially   when   you   get   to   the   coastline,   driving   up   the   Bosphorus  

I managed  to  visit  the  very  colorful   Old   Bazaar   where   anyone   and   everyone  is  bombarded  by  calls  from   shopkeepers   insisting   you   visit   their   shops.   However,   the   bazaar   is   a   sensory   experience   all   its   own.   From   the   brilliantly   colorful,   oriental   light   Ƥš–—”‡• ƒ† …ƒ†Ž‡ǦŠ‘Ž†‡”• –‘ –Š‡ vibrant,  hand-­‐made  ceramics  and  the   famous  Turkish  carpets,  and  with  the   ‡š“—‹•‹–‡•‡ŽŽ‘ˆ‹…‡•‡ƤŽŽ‹‰–Š‡ƒ‹” of  the  bazaar,  it’s  almost  impossible  not   to   indulge   in   unnecessary   purchases.   Another  day,  I  visited  the  Hagia  Sophia   and   Topkapi.   Now   that   was   truly   a   walk   through   history.   Hagia   Sophia   is   a   stunning   mosque   that   has   now   been   transformed   into   a   museum.   ‡Ƥ‹–‡Ž› ƒ —•–Ǧ•‡‡ „—–  ™‘—Ž† suggest  visiting  in  low-­‐season  to  avoid   the  massive  ques.  What’s  great  about   Istanbul   is   that   you   usually   get   fairly  


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moderate weather  year  round.  While   walking   around   Topkapi,   I   stumbled   upon   a   lovely   atelier   belonging   to   a   Turkish   artist   with   endless   talent.   He   demonstrated   a   traditional   Turkish   ƒ”–Ǧˆ‘” …ƒŽŽ‡† Dzƒ”„Ž‹‰dzǡ ™Š‹…Š consists  of  very  careful  injecting  paints   ‹–‘ƒ–”ƒ›ƤŽŽ‡†™‹–Šƒ‹š‘ˆ™ƒ–‡”ƒ† tree  sap  with  a  special  needle,  which   is  then  used  to  create  a  design.  After   the  artist  is  happy  with  the  design  he   inserts  a  piece  of  paper  into  the  tray,  

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allows the  colors  to  soak  in  and  then   pulls   it   out   to   reveal   that   the   design   has   now   transferred   onto   the   paper,   resulting   in   a   lovely   piece   of   art   that   was  quite  fun  to  watch  in  the  making.   Nightlife  in  Istanbul  comes   in  several   †‹ơ‡”‡– ˜ƒ”‹‡–‹‡•Ǥ ‘— …ƒ ‘’– –‘ watch  a  wonderful  show  of  traditional   Turkish   dances   at   several   locations   around  the  city,  or  you  can  lounge  with   the  Turkish  elite  on  the  Bosphorus  at   the   Four   Seasons   or   Kempinski   for  

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dinner or   drinks.   There   are   countless   hip   night   spots   where   you   get   a   lovely   mix   of   good   food,   fun   music   and   very   inviting   people.   Your   best   bet  is  always  to  ask  a  local  you  trust.   All   in   all,   if   you’re   wondering   where   to   visit   for   the   next   Eid,   consider   Istanbul,   you   won’t   regret   it!   Just   beware   of   the   craftiness   of   Turkish   Taxi   drivers,   safest   way   to   go   is   to   „‘‘ƒ…Šƒ—ơ‡—”‡†…ƒ”ˆ‘”›‘—”•–ƒ›Ǥ Happy  Travels!   2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٦٥


Travel and Culture

Supporting Emerging Leaders

Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;ĆĄÂ&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Written  /  Photographed  by:  Noura  Al  Ruwaished

Imagine  a   world   without   judgment-­â&#x20AC;?-­â&#x20AC;?   one   in   which   you   can   truly   enjoy   complete   and   comfortable   silence   with   a   companion.   A   place   where   people   are   considerate,   positive   and   real  where  the  environment  is  crucial,   food  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  wasted  and  technology  and   stress   do   not   take   precedence   over   nurturing   talents   and   appreciating   a   quiet   forest   and   cool   breeze.  

Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2013;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2020;ÇŻÂ&#x2022; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022;ÇŤ Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2013;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2039;Â? life,  we   tend   to   have   goals   and   try   to   reach   them   as   quickly   as   possible   without  appreciating  the  journey.  We   strive   to   have   bigger   bank   accounts,   nicer   clothes   and   a   better   car,   but   Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2013; Â&#x160;Â&#x192;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x2020; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2039;Â?Â?Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;ÇŤ Â&#x160;Â&#x203A; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   we   try   to   serve   our   purpose   and   give   back   to   the   world   instead   Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2013;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x2013;Â&#x201D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x2013;Â&#x2018; Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2021; Â&#x2C6;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â? Â&#x2039;Â&#x2013;ÇŤ

Can  you  even  remember  the  sound   of   a   cool   breeze   in   the   hustle   and   Â&#x201E;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2013;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2C6; Â&#x203A;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D; Â&#x2020;Â&#x192;Â&#x2039;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A; Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;ÇŤ  Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020; we  forget  that  food  is  merely  energy   and   not   something   to   constantly   Â&#x2018;Â&#x2DC;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2020;Â&#x2014;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2030;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2039;Â?ÇŤ Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021; Â&#x2122;Â&#x160;Â&#x2021;Â? Â&#x2020;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2020; Í&#x2013;Í&#x201D;Ψ of   the   world   start   consuming   86%  

Two  weeks   ago,   these   questions   would   never   have   crossed   my   mind.

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we  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   know   where   to   begin.   Often,   we   may   not   know   what   we   are  looking  forâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we  merely  know  we   are  searching.  I  personally  have  been   searching  for  a  long  time.    This  summer   I  made  the  wisest  decision  of  my  life. Summertime   soaking   up   the   sun   and   dancing   the   night   away.   Sun-­â&#x20AC;? kissed  skin  and  time  to  forget  it  allâ&#x20AC;Ś just   let   go.   Orâ&#x20AC;Ś   WYSE   International   Â&#x2021;Â&#x192;Â&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x160;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019; Â&#x201D;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2030;Â&#x201D;Â&#x192;Â?ÇŁ Í&#x2014;Í&#x203A; Â&#x2039;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2039;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2022; on   a   vegan   diet   for   twelve   days,   Â&#x2013;Â&#x192;Â&#x17D;Â?Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030; Â&#x192;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2013; Â&#x2018;Â&#x2014;Â&#x201D; DzÂ&#x2C6;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2030;Â&#x2022;Çł Â&#x192;Â?Â&#x2020; discovering   how   we   can   become   better   leaders.   Tough   decision.

Within  all   human   life   lies   potential,   purpose   and   an   inner   leader.   Some   choose   to   suppress   talents   instead   of  nurture  them.  This  can  be  because   Life   is   about   decisions.   Everyone   Â&#x2122;Â&#x2021;Â&#x17D;Â&#x192;Â&#x2026;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2018;Â?ƤÂ&#x2020;Â&#x2021;Â?Â&#x2026;Â&#x2021;ÇĄÂ&#x2018;Â&#x201D;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2039;Â?Â&#x2019;Â&#x17D;Â&#x203A;Â&#x201E;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2026;Â&#x192;Â&#x2014;Â&#x2022;Â&#x2021; has  to  make  them.  A  true  leader  may  


not have  the  power  to  make  the  right   decision   all   the   time,   but   they   must   Ž‡ƒ” Š‘™ –‘ ƒ‡ –Š‡ ‘ơ ‰‘‘† intent   and   intuition.   They   must   also   attain   the   courage   to   back   up   their   decision  regardless  of  the  outcome.  If   they  make  the  wrong  decision  they  can   never  give  up  on  their  team  and  cannot   lose   sight   of   their   goal.   If   they   make   the   right   decision   they   must   guide   their  team  using  transpersonal,  good,   strong   and   skillful   will   to   ensure   the   team   is   enthusiastic,   passionate   and   cooperative.  A  leader  has  a  vision  and   embodies  their  mystical  and  pragmatic   ways   to   make   a   dream   a   reality. WYSE   International   brought   me   more   than   words   can   say,   which   for   ƒ ™”‹–‡” …ƒ „‡ †‹ƥ…—Ž– –‘ ƒ†‹–Ǥ Day   1   brought   a   sense   of   belonging.   Day   2,   I   learned   all   the   participant’s   ƒ‡•Ǥ ƒ› ͗ ˆ‡Ž–  Šƒ† ‘™ –Š‡ for  a  lifetime.  Day  4—wait,  what  day   ‹•‹–ǫ›†ƒ›͝ǡ Šƒ†…”‹‡†›‡›‡•‘—– and   laughed   till   I   cried.   I   unleashed   my   soul,   my   suppressed,   emotions,   › –ƒŽ‡–• ƒ† › …‘Ƥ†‡…‡Ǥ Day   10   it   all   came   together.   Action.   Friendship.   Values.   Trust.   Passion.   Belief.   Courage.   Teamwork.   Goals.   Aspirations.   Dreams—dreams,   which   can   only   become   realities   if   we   –ƒ‡ –Š‡ Ƥ”•– •–‡’•ǡ –Š‡ –Š‡ Ž‡ƒ’•ǡ —–‹Ž ƤƒŽŽ› ™‡ …Ž‹„ –Š‡ ‘—–ƒ‹Ǥ Here   is   to   the   community   I   will   ƒŽ™ƒ›• ”‡‡„‡”ǡ ƒ† –Š‡ ͗͛ leaders   I   will   never   forget.   Thank   you   for   showing   me   the   world   that   I   previously   imagined   is   now   not   only   thinkable   but   also   doable.   Programs   like   WYSE   change   lives,   and   LoYAC   made   it   possible   for   two   Kuwaits   to   be   representatives   amongst   the   twenty   countries   participating   in   WYSE   2011-­‐-­‐Lucca,   Italy.

2011 ‫ ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ‬2 ‫ﻋﺪد‬/٦٧


Artist : Dalal Al Qattan


‫‪/٧١‬ﻋﺪد ‪ 2‬ﺳﺒﺘﻤﱪ ‪2011‬‬


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