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Dr. Navniit Gandhi


Dr. Navniit Gandhi is an academic, and a freelance writer/columnist. She has been writing extensively for several newspapers, magazines, web-portals and academic publications and has authored five Books, till date.

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Show me the real India, Pleaseeeeee!!!

We exchanged millions of messages, attractive images, jingles and jokes on the 1st of January 2018. On the 2nd of Jan, the financial capital of India...

A Walk in the Garden…

Our garden in Salmiya is an exciting learning-place… Every walk in it, teaches something every time… All gardens probably teach and give us amazing g...

They are disconnecting…

“Why do I need to learn about India? After all, I am going to live here—in Kuwait—all my life… I was born and educated here. I have a job here and am...

“It was all over in three minutes ...”

She was sobbing inconsolably and words were intermittently coming out… “It was all over in about three minutes. He was here, in front of me and th...

“On reaching the pinnacle, I called it a day”

She was all set to occupy the enviable top spot... was being hailed as the rightful heir of the zenith, when she almost stopped singing songs for fil...

“Politics is transient for me; writing is perpetual...”

One of those few politicians whose speeches and poems have won the hearts of masses alike - in India as well as abroad; one of those who could carve ...

“It was all over in three minutes ...”

She was sobbing inconsolably and words were intermittently coming out… “It was all over in about three minutes. He was here, in front of me and th...

Anybody Got a Spine???

Fourteen Prime Ministers have taken charge of our country, and between themselves they have had Seventy Years, to govern India. However, did they gov...

“What have you done for me?”

Suruchi was twelve years old, when she had blurted out the above words, and her words had sharply pierced the hearts of both the parents. The...

A Satvik Restaurant in Kuwait

“A recipe has no Soul; You as the Cook must bring soul to the recipe” -Thomas Keller Yes, you have read the title right!!! And, yes… the restauran...

Redefining Lifestyles…… the Indian Way

There could not have been a name more apt than Harmony House, for the place that it is. Rabindranath Tagore would certainly be pleased that many ...

Black In-tensions

One decision of our government was announced one fine evening. PM Narendra Modi sent shockwaves through the country by announcing on November 8, 2016...

Black In-tensions

One decision of our government was announced one fine evening. PM Narendra Modi sent shockwaves through the country by announcing on November 8, 2016...

Being a Nobody...

I am a Nobody. There is no designation I hold; no property I own; there is no glamour or beauty I was born with; there is hardly a success story in t...

“There is no such word as ‘Obstacles’; there are only Excuses”

On a long stretch of academic and educational proficiency, the milestones have been happily crossed by one or the other Institutions managed by th...

A Punjabi in Kerala

“Sheeja, keep this bottle of Jam in your suitcase. In case your friend can’t eat anything there, she can at least have bread and jam”, said Sheeja’s ...

Money is Black, Hopes are White, Confusions are Grey

Lots of charcha over chai these days is all about Black Money. Where it is? How much there is? How will it be brought back? When will it...

Do not get up

Surf more at high speed Play new games Upload faster Shop online Read your favourite classics online Message unlimited Send unli...

“Just do not get disappointed in life, never…”

He is a miracle India might as well, not do without… Son of a clerk in the Postal Department who could not afford to give ‘excellent’ education t...

What do we leave behind?

The waters of the tranquil Khecheopalri lake were shimmering brightly... the surroundings- serene and still; and the breeze, fragrant. The beautif...

It is infectious…

Farhad is a salesman at a shop selling watches… Rasheed runs a tailoring shop in Salmiya… Christina is working as an Export Assistant for a ...

It’s always a Cycle...

It all comes back. It may take years or decades, but life has this tendency to complete full circles and bring us back to where we once were… Ther...

Another Trip Home…

Aaahhhh, the annual trip to India. Prior to the trip, there is a tinge of anxiety mingled with layers of excitement. Excitement—because one is go...

I am intolerant...

I am an ordinary citizen of India. No, not a bigwig; not famous; not rich; not an achiever... Not a movie star; not a politician; and have won no awa...

‘I never look back; I have no fears of the future.'

The first two words that come to mind in the first two minutes of meeting 47-year young Mr. Shahzad Gidwani are: affable and a down-to-earth achiever...

Sweets, Starvation, and Suicides… - Dr. Navniit Gandhi

The festival season has begun in India. Eid has just been celebrated with gaiety, while Dussehra, Deepawali, Christmas are just around the corner… Ac...

My enormous wealth... - Dr. Navniit Gandhi

An eleven-year old shy girl was trying to grapple with the turmoil of adolescence. One paramount emotion at the time was: ‘My parents do not love...

We, the innocent … - Dr Navniit Gandhi

Wash your utensils with this dish-cleaner and sparkle your relationships… There is saffron in the soap… There is chocolate in ...

Heads are bent low… The finger moves... And they sit still!!! - Dr.Navniit Gandhi

We are different personalities, and our ideas, memories and experiences are obviously different. One childhood is also different from any other child...

Who Says We Are Not Happy? - Dr Navniit Gandhi

The Pakistanis are happy… the Bangladeshis are happier… the Bhutanese are happier too. We, Indians are not. ? Says who? Well, according to the la...

“No one can inherit Fame…”An exclusive Interview with Abhishek Bachchan

Kuwait welcomed an unassuming celebrity, armed with the most disarming smile – on his maiden trip to this land, on Wednesday, 29 April. Invited by th...

“I want to give back much more to this world” - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

An exclusive one-to-one Interview with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan first on IIK The bright and cool morning of March 11, 2015 in K...

1-2-1 Moments with Dr Navniit Gandhi

Dr. Navniit Gandhi is an academician, writer and an author. She also writes poetry in Hindi and some of her poems have been published in some literar...

Our dual existence

I am a citizen of India... my roots; my family; my future is there... I am a resident of Kuwait... my work; my present; my livelihood is here... ...

A treat for the taste-buds at Avanti Palace

Food holds a place in the lives of us all, which is irreplaceable. And, particularly for us who live in Kuwait, a weekend is often translated as an o...

Where shall my next vacation be?

Am an average middle-class Indian, residing in Kuwait. Every year, this question leaps like a frog in my mind... In fact, it starts playing around, e...

Is your child showing symptoms of SID?

It is heartening. Our kids these days are so very smart, isn’t it? They learn fast; they imbibe remarkably well, and wonderfully retain all that they...

“Shukriya, India”

In this endeavour to express our sense of gratitude to the State of Kuwait and the people of Kuwait, IIK, through its Shukran, Kuwait, spoke not only...

In the Land we Live...

There is opportunity; There is plenty; My mind is at peace I quietly earn my living My family comfortable; My responsibilities I fulfil Build m...

And, thus the hearts were lit...

Five years in Kuwait, and the onset of Diwali never felt like the way it did on this year’s IIK’s Diwali Mela. All these years, Diwali meant hanging ...

The Liar

‘The small wooden idols look splendid’, muttered Javed to himself, as he stood gaping at the beautifully carved pieces of art being sold on the pavem...

Maid Matters

It is usually on the 1st or 2nd of the month. The face is superficially downcast. There is no regret. There is no guilt. ‘Madam, my ‘hakama’ probl...

Dear Parents...

If you are a sensitive parent- who thinks much about good parenting, and your children live here in Kuwait with you, then this article is just for yo...

Barkat Baba

The entire neighbourhood knew the old and bad-tempered Barkat Baba only too well. Hardly was there anyone in the neighbourhood, with whom Barkat Baba...

To Complain Or Not To !

What a place this is... No life here... Just a few years more... No place for merit... It’s only ‘Vaasta’ that matters... Take a deep...

Expat ladies in Kuwait – An Identity Crisis?

• Sejal has done her LL.B. from Delhi. Excited and exuberant about what lay ahead in life, she came to Kuwait two years ago, after her marriage. She...

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! – Nomaan Sidiq Budroo, Captain of Kuwait U-19 Cricket Team

Kuwait Cricket’s National U 19 team returned home after their best ever performance in the ICC U 19

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A Walk in the Garden…

Our garden in Salmiya is an exciting learning-place… Every walk in it, teaches something every time

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Take Thoughts Outside Box

"Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?’’ I sighed, when others were busy with Keats, S

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‘Be what you are, Do what you can’, a self-confident go getter, N.K. Ramachandran Menon

He believes, ‘No one can influence anyone’. He believes, ‘I can only be me and it is true for ever

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How to carry out a winning scientific project?

I have been involved in judging scientific projects in schools and colleges for the past three deca

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Extraordinary artist of ribbon work – Mrs Poornima

Hand Embroidery is one of the most beautiful artworks. There are variety of Embroideries which uses

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Work hard, but enjoy your job – Ravi Varrier spending 40 years in a company!

Spending long working years with a company may not be a big deal if you are a sincere employee. But

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Smart Investing - Diversification is the Mantra: Don’t keep all the eggs in one basket

Investment is an activity which everyone should be involved once they start earning. But where to i

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They are disconnecting…

“Why do I need to learn about India? After all, I am going to live here—in Kuwait—all my life… I wa

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I Learn Anew Every Day - Kevin Mathew

Kevin Mathew was the youngest (and only Indian) TEDx speaker at TEDxAlShuwaikh, Kuwait, on Septembe

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New Menu at Zafran Puts Contemporary Spin on the Traditional

Fans of Zafran can rejoice as the popular Indian bistro launches a new menu this week. The front

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A nostalgic and delicious train journey in Kuwait at Kerala Express Restaurant

A train journey during our annual vacation in India is definitely a nostalgic experience for many o

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Mughal Mahal Exotica - An aromatic and exotic twist to Indian food

When it comes to Indian food in Kuwait, no doubt ‘Mughal Mahal’ set an example among the residents

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Experience Indian Corner Tandoori Nights at Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

Al Manshar Rotana Hotel at Fahaheel, Kuwait launched an authentic Tandoori Night with an Indian cor

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Maharashtra Mandal Kuwait Cricket Premier League and Photography Contest Kicked-Off

Maharashtra Mandal Kuwait is organizing “MMK Cricket Premier League 2018 Season- 3”. The event wi

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United Goans Centre Interschool Under-15 Football Tournament 2018

The United Goans Centre (UGC) held its Inter-school under-15 football tournament on 3rd February 2

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BOUBYAN bank Crowned Champions in the Cup Finals KFH Grabs the Plate Trophy

On the weekend of 27th January, Kuwait Cricket held the grand finals upon the completion of all the

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Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and the men's doubles pair

Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and the men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty a

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Prannoy, Saurabh guide Ahmedabad to PBL-3 semis

H.S. Prannoy powered Ahmedabad Smash Masters to a brilliant 4-1 victory over Mumbai Rockets, to adv