Published on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Relieve your office tension at your own vegetable garden in Kuwait
Deepika Nambiar; Photo: Anwar Sadath Thalasserry
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A businessman’s life will always be stressful and tensed, especially when he deals with oil and gas industry. What you do after a hectic day full of meetings and facing deadlines? What about a stroll around vegetable garden full of Tomatoes, Brinjals and even Banana plantain to relief your stress from the business. I am not joking and this is not the case in India. Here in Kuwait it’s made possible by Mr Suresh Pillai, CEO of Mark Technologies.

The extreme climates and space constraints haven’t been an obstacle for Mr Suresh and his family to find stress release with his own vegetable garden. With a passion of gardening Suresh has afforded to have a tiny little Organic Kitchen Garden in the terrace of his house at Mangaf and grown vegetables of all nature! Tomato, Brinjal, Ladies Finger, Melon, Mango and even Banana, you name any vegetable...he manages to grow it in his house at Mangaf.

We all love gardening and we often end up with a small pot of Money Plant, Tulsi or few Flowering plants grown in our apartments. But we often forget about the idea of taking it to the terrace in Kuwait. Mr Suresh and his family took it to the next level and made a beautiful vegetable garden on his terrace in his villa at Mangaf.

"Daily morning before going to office, I take a stroll in this garden, it creates positive energy and is a relaxation from the business stress," Suresh says. Suresh is the CEO of Mark Technologies, which is dealing with oil and natural gas industries. I personally look after my business and involve fully into it. This makes one very stressful at times and need a break. Evening after coming back from my office, I again spend some time with my family at this garden, looking after the plants, which is really a relax for the mind, Suresh says. His father also takes care of the plants along with his wife Mrs Suja. One won’t believe that they even have Mango and Grapes trees on their terrace!



One will find Tomatoes, Brinjal, Drum Sticks, Bitter Gaurd, Cucumber, Yellow Cucumber, Green Chillies, Red Spinach etc in this little kitchen garden. "Now I am experiencing with banana plantain. The plant I bought from India and is now grown up full," Suresh added looking at the fully grown banana plantain.

They even have a Mosambi (Sweet Lime) Plant grown near the main door of their Villa. Entrance of the villa is filled with beautiful flowering plants. They have also planted sunflowers. Seeing all these greenery around for a moment we forget that we are in Kuwait.

The family’s experience of farming and having kitchen gardens back in India came in handy when he started growing vegetables on his own terrace two years ago. "Brinjals and Tomatoes are the two vegetables that withstand the extreme climates of Kuwait" says Mr Suresh.

"We don't use fertilizers or pesticides on the plants but add kitchen waste items, rice water which are natural alternatives" says Mrs Suja, wife of Suresh.

“We can feel the difference in the vegetables being bought from market and the ones grown by us. Fresh home grown organic vegetables taste delicious, are good for health and safe from chemicals." says Mr Suresh.



Most of the seeds or plants have been brought from India. "Sometimes, we face difficulties in customs when carrying plants, but we managed however.." Mr Suresh narrates.. In summers, the garden requires watering twice a day and in winters requires only ones a day.

His parents are also helping him in looking after the garden. Suresh and Suja have two kids Gowri (7th std) and Gautham (5th Std) both studying in DPS. The sweet and little vegetable garden by Suresh Pillai and family is the best example for the quote that is “The world of imagination is boundless”.

Deepika Nambiar is a Freelance writer. Currently working for Lemonade International as Administrative Manager. She is part of the IIK Team and IWIK Core Team.Does regular contributions to the news portal IndiansinKuwait.com and also for Timesofindia.com.
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Ram Bhat
Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017
It very pleasing to know about Suresh Pillai's off-beat approach to stress relief. Very admirable hobby and it always feels great to have some thing from our own garden, grown by self. Thanks you Deepika for bringing out small but interesting parts of our lives in Kuwait.
NK
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016
That's fantastic. We too have a small garden in our balcony...but this is amazing.
arun kartha
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016
Excellent,Hearty congratulations for making such a vegetable garden.
drP.Kumar
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Ms.Nambiar its bitter gourd!
thomas
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Great !! But most of the people in Kuwait can't do even though they like to do. We are staying in an apartment where there is no balcony and small rooms.
Anyhow congrs to Mr. Suresh & Family

Jeston
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Very inspiring article. I love gardening and we have grown some plants in the kitchen balcony and they grown well,but are not yielding!!. Thanks Deepika for
yr article with pics to make the difference in Kuwaiti soil.Loved it.

Kurian
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016
Hello Sir.

Congratulations.

Can you please give me your contact Number.

Shiny
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016
Good job, best hobby, and all those above who commented are plant lovers indeed.
Ahmad Abdulla
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016
this could have been highlighted higher level and of course they have to be appreciated....

green Kuwait.

Roby
Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
A great effort by Mr Suresh and his family, Congratulations.....

Tina
Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Even am doing it in my balcony as Ashok said he got enough space as staying in villa .Its really stress relieving hobby.
idreesmoiz
Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016
Great Work,deserves Honouring from Kuwaiti People Govt & PAAFR for making such imagination real that is also in kuwait
IQBAL AHMAD KHAN
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Wonderful really wonder ful, very very much appreciate you are really greenary lovers, when i saw all this picture feel like in india .

Thanks

Regard's to all your family

ANIL George
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Regardless of he z staying in villa or having space to do vegetable garden, here he find time for good hobby which is an eye opener to all of us. Harvesting from our own garden will give pleasure and satisfaction to anyone .
We congratulate his effort and message given.
Let all of us plant one tree, vegitale or garden plant at available space and save our environment.
Thanking you IIK.

Vinod Sharma
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
A great effort by Mr Suresh Pillai and his family, Congratulations.....
A man, i Know real hard worker, and loyal businessman.... His willpower and determination does this..... Keep go.....

green world ....

Regards
V Sharma.

stephen varughese joseph
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
This is a great article and big inspiration to small time gardening hobbyists like myself
stephen varughese joseph
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
This is a great article and big inspiration to small time gardening hobbyists like myself
Ashok Gopinath
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2016
This is very much appreicate thing they did. These days we cannot trust vegetables from market for their purity. But here things shows on the base of stress from work or business. He doing this because of having villa. Where others will do the same who is staying in flats which having not enough place to LIVE..
Anand
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Awesome, fantastic, fab. Hats off to this gentleman and his family.
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