Multiculturalism in Kuwait
A bit of a rush to my meeting this morning, I hailed a taxi and seated in front next to the driver. While I was busy checking last minute details, the taxi driver was minding his job. A few more minutes and he asked me in conversational English if he could stop by the nearest sweet shop? I casually said “yes.”
I saw him enter the shop quite in a hurry too and maybe, in less than 5 minutes, he came out with a single, plateful of sweets which he handed to me! I did not know what to say except “thank you”. Along the way the driver told me that his daughter is scheduled to give birth tomorrow – to his very first grandchild. Maybe, it is a custom in their homeland to give sweets, even to strangers like me, to honor child birth.
Arriving at my destination, I was about to give my taxi fare but the driver did not want to take it. I still insisted, after all, he was doing his job, his responsibility and he took me safely to the venue of my meeting. God bless him. By the way, the taxi driver is Syrian national.
Meeting adjourned. Hailed another taxi again, this time with an Indian national at the steering wheel. I offered him the plateful of sweets and he gladly took one and said “thank you…good with tea”, he said with a smile.
Arriving at work, I took 3 different sweets and prepared my cup of tea. As our tea boy passed by, I handed him the plate still with a number of sweets. “It’s yours”, I told him. He gladly said “thank you”. Our tea boy is Bangladeshi.
What am I trying to say here? There are many unfortunate issues involving some expats and even citizens here in Kuwait. We sometimes think of others negatively that everyone seems to be of the same character. Why don’t we try to embrace multiculturalism where everyone can exert extra effort to be appreciative of the person next to us?
Whether we like it or not, we are here in Kuwait because we want to earn more, because we want to learn more, because we want to make our life and the lives of our families better. We can start with ourselves. The next time we leave our accommodation, our room for rent, our flat – let us try to smile and have a positive attitude.
By the way, I am Filipino and I welcome multiculturalism.