Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Monsoon

Another monsoon awaits us and I hear that the final “venal mazha” or the Summer rains are now pouring down. This time they have predicted the monsoon to arrive earlier. The monsoon seems to have turned out to be a like a choosy lady these days! Anyway, as long as she continues her much awaited visits, it is fine.

Finished shopping and we only need to cram the bags as usual.

The other day we visited “Platform”, a shop for hardware. Somehow I liked the concept, else who would want to spend shopping time in a hardware shop!

I am not sure if they have this kind of a showroom in India. (The Platform concept was launched by Saint Gobain (SG), Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of building materials, in 1998. It has since then become the fastest growing business within SG’s €20 Billion-Distribution Division with a network of more than 70 stores in 10 European and South American markets.)

At “Platform” those who are building a house will get to see every item that will go into it. There are also all kinds of tools; to buy and also for hire. The foldable ladder looked very handy. We went there since the almost 20 year old Union door lock back home is showing signs of ageing and Hubby wanted to shift it from the front door (demoted I guess!). The penchant for Union Lock is still there but we found that the price has moved up too high. We settled for another lock and found that there are many good locks from India too. Since we may find no time to go lock searching in India, we settled for UK locks. No point in buying an Indian product for India from Kuwait.

We also ended up buying a few knick knacks for the bathrooms and also some handy tools. The bathroom fittings are good and those who want to spend more money can wander into a separate show room of “Aquamondo” where they have displayed a few beautifully fitted bathrooms. I clicked a few photographs outside the shop.

We wound up that day’s shopping with a sumptuous Arabic meal from a local restaurant.


  1. Such stores are coming up in India too like Home Centre/Home Towne, among others

  2. interesting post and pics:)enjoyed reading this :)

    I am awaiting the monsoons too:))the heat is unbearable though it did rain today:)))

  3. Great shopping shots and the last one was yummy. :)

  4. enjoyed the glad i found another Indian blogger from the middle east.I want an IKEA in India and Muscat, nothing beats that store.

  5. I'm missing those cool breezy summer rains in kerala :(......

  6. that spread on the table looked great - we have a small Arabic restaurant nearby, which gives us good shawarmas and shish kababs...used to enjoy that while in the region.. still do..

  7. I am so glad that rain here is over. It rains here so much that it gets depressing. :)

    Isn't that your two cutie pies in the sidebar? Are they twins?

  8. its raining in bangalore and that too in the evenings. that is one of the reason i am coming home late. but the rains are the things which i love the most

  9. Vinod: it is a shopper's delight.. the small shops will face a tough competition since the prices are also fair.

    Indyeah: yes the rains are getting stronger and I cant wait to feel it..

    Indrani: nothing like your shots :)

    Sujata: great to have you here.. yes IKEA is another shopper's delight.. but one should have the energy to cover their entire space.. and if the header of your blog is that of your living room, then IKEA can take a few tips from you.. it is beautiful!

    May 25, 2009

  10. Anish: Over here it is easy to miss the rain since it seldom rains and very little too..

    Maddy: Shish taouk (shish kabab), Shwawarms and the garlic paste, toum is what I like the most.. toum disappears if we dont see it before the kids! but the ones that we get back in Kerala is hopeless.. even Calicut couldnt give a decent one..

    Solilo: yes rains forever can be a bother!

    they r almost like twins since they are barely a year apart.. nd even now we cannot distinguish them over the phone.. those photos were when they were little..

  11. Santhosh: glad to see you here again... this time the rains have come early...


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