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                                                                                                             Hype proves right for HBO’s new show

‘Game of Thrones’ has all the elements to lure viewers
            By Tim Goodman                        all of the crowd-pleasing elements of              beautiful, haunting, visual template of        of Westeros, where various clans or           sister, Princess Daenerys (Emilia                there’s a tight grip on the storytelling
                                                  war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes,           vast expanses (Northern Ireland, Malta),       houses — have lived and fought for gen-       Clarke) to marry Khal Drogo (Jason               and a real understanding of who each
B    arely a few minutes into HBO’s epic
     “Game of Thrones’’ series, it’s clear
that the hype was right and the wait was
                                                  even humor. Thrones has all of those in
                                                  spades and supports them with excep-
                                                  tional storytelling, strong writing,
                                                                                                     white snow and dark shadows while also
                                                                                                     allowing the visual effects to pack a wal-
                                                                                                                                                    erations in different realms, until the
                                                                                                                                                    Targaryens invaded and united the
                                                                                                                                                    Seven Kingdoms under the Iron Throne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Momoa), who leads a tribe of vicious
                                                                                                                                                                                                  warrior horsemen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Got that?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   person is traits that make the complexity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   easier to bear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s difficult to single out the most
worth it.                                         superb acting and some stunning visual                             Fictional                      Now, years later, there’s a battle for the       It’s actually not as confusing as it may      accomplished parts of ‘’Thrones.’’ The
   Based on the bestselling fantasy book          effects.                                                                                          throne.                                       sound. And there are more than a few             ambition is immense, the fantasy world
series “A Song of Ice and Fire’’ by                                                                     That kind of start to the 10-part series       Right from the start, Thrones starts       unexpected surprises and even humor-
                                                                     Series                          was essential because “Game of                                                                                                                exceptionally well-conceived, the writ-
George R.R. Martin often referred to as                                                                                                             telling as many as four stories, involving    ous detours (mostly provided by Peter            ing and acting elevating the entire series
“the American Tolkien’’ HBO is betting               Writers and executive producers                 Thrones’’ is a complicated story with          the House Stark, run by Lord Eddard           Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister whose
                                                  David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will cer-             numerous characters and a dense, inter-                                                                                                       beyond contemporaries like “The
that fans of “The Lord of the Rings’’ will                                                                                                          Stark (Sean Bean, who will be familiar        whoring and drinking knows no
come to this for a sprawling, interwoven          tainly have their hands full dealing with          woven back-story. Though it demands                                                                                                           Borgias’’ and ‘’Camelot,’’ and the visual
                                                                                                                                                    to “Lord of the Rings’’ fans); House          bounds). A great series should challenge
tale of feuding families, swords, sex,            die-hard fans on what they got right or            attention, “Thrones’’ never once bogs          Baratheon, run by King Robert                 viewers to pay attention, to connect dots        appeal continues to surprise with each
carnage, beasts, frayed loyalties, decep-         wrong (or left out or put in that may              down. It’s the kind of drama where,            Baratheon (the wonderful Mark Addy),          and anticipate connections. “Thrones’’           episode.
tion, intrigue and the pursuit of power.          have not been in the books), but they              when the first episode ends, you wish          House Lannister, which is linked to           manages a superior complexity without               What we have here is the successful
   As well they should. “Game of                  have the backing of Martin, who worked             the nine others were immediately avail-        House Baratheon because Queen Cersei          ever making you think that you’ve lost           pairing of an acclaimed collection of
Thrones’’ has all the elements (many              closely with the duo, and that should              able. And that validates HBO’s notion          Baratheon (Lena Headey) was born a            the connection to the story. It’s paced          fantasy books with a television series
described above) that lure viewers to             count for a lot. Perhaps more important            that television is the perfect medium for      Lannister; and the exiled House               with precision and the carefully crafted         that illuminates and expands what’s on
shows like “The Sopranos,’’ et al. That           to those people who haven’t read the               a fantasy series done right. Getting           Targaryen, where Prince Viserys               assemblage of characters unspools at             the page.
it’s a fantasy series shouldn’t scare any-        books or heard much about this series,             Martin’s “Thrones,’’ the gold-standard,        Targaryen III (Harry Lloyd) wants to          such a rate that you can keep up while              Worth the wait? Absolutely. And even
one away, because like “Lord of the               Benioff and Weiss kick things off imme-            could end up landing HBO its next fran-        reclaim the Iron Throne and all Seven         keeping tabs on their ever changing              if you have no idea what all the fuss is
Rings’’ there’s a real allure to costume-         diately with action, blood-shed and eeri-          chise.                                         Kingdoms of Westeros. To do that, he’ll       moods.                                           about, you should get in from the start to
dramas that pair dense mythology with             ness. Director Tim Van Patten creates a               “Thrones’’ is set in the fictional land     need an army, which is why he wants his          What that means, essentially, is that         absorb Martin’s fantastical tale. (RTRS)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      L.K.G & U.K.G (Kindergarten);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Standard 1-Standard 4 (Sub Juniors);
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          Continued from Page 25                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Registrations can be done via the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   respective schools or through Kala Centre.
Ajai Malhotra, the Indian Ambassador to                                                                                                                                                                                                               Registration forms can also be down-
Kuwait at 6:30 pm on April 20, 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                               loaded from the official website of Kala,
   Indo Arab Socio Cultural Association                                                                                                                                                                                                   and the filled forms
(IASCO) under the patronage of Prof Dr                                                                                                                                                                                                             should be mailed to the email address kala-
Rasha Al-Sabah and registered with the                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Indian Embassy in association with the                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the success of the program a recep-
Higher Institute of Musical Arts College of                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion committee was formed in which K.
the Ministry of Education in Kuwait proud-                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vinod was selected as General Convenor.
ly presents an Indian traditional cultural fest                                                                                                                                                                                                    Members who are in charge of various sub
featuring the living legends in Hindustani                                                                                                                                                                                                         committees are as follows:- Sunil
vocal music and a dance program by                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Program), Bineesh K. Babu (Registration),
Rhythm Dance Group to commemorate the                                                                                                                                                                                                              Binu Rani Albert (Reception), Sunny
auspicious occasion of Kuwait’s 50th                                                                                                                                                                                                               Saijesh (Stage), C. Krishnan (Food), Skaria
Anniversary of the Independence, The 20th                                                                                                                                                                                                          John (Volunteer), K. Chandran (Publicity
anniversary of the liberation and the 5th                                                                                                                                                                                                          and Souvenir) and R. Ramesh (Finance) .
Anniversary of His Highness the Amir’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                For more details regarding the program
assumption of power. Also IASCO is                                                                                                                                                                                                                 contact 24317875 (Kala Centre), 66180229,
proudly celebrating its 10th year anniver-                                                                                                                                                                                                         97817100 or 66656642.
sary in Kuwait.                                                                                                                       A photo from the event
   IASCO is acknowledged as the leading                                                                                                                                                                                                              May 14
non-political and secular organization with
an objective to foster and fortify traditional
                                                                        KUDA bids farewell to Indian ambassador                                                                                                                                    AWARE Members Guided Tour:
and historical socio- cultural relationship                                                                                                                                                                                                        Saturday, May 14, at The Arab
between Kuwaiti nationals and Indians in          Advisory board and central committee               the problems of Indian community, a            affairs minister to Kuwait, the visit of      Kalanad, Jacob Channapetta,Ommen                 Organizations Headquarters Building.
Kuwait through dialogue, alliance and cul-        members of Kerala United Districts                 good impact and improvements in                honarable Oil Minister of Kuwait to           George and Sam.V.Thomas spoke on                    This tour is a marvel of innovative archi-
tural exchange. Many Dignitaries from the         Association (KUDA)conducted a                      Indo- Kuwait relations, conducting             India, giving air ticket cost to stranded     the occasion. In his reply speech Sri            tecture displaying modern technology com-
Kuwaiti community and prominent person-           meeting to bid farewell to Sri Ajai                cultural functions to bring the great          Indian citizens who were needy and            Ajai malhotra expressed his thanks               bined with traditional artisan craftsmanship
alities from the Indian Community are             Malhotra, the ambassador of India to               Indian cultural heritage to Kuwait and         unable to find fund, and arranging            and great admiration for the co-opera-           from Tunisia, Syria, Morocco, Egypt and
expected to attend the function.                  Kuwait. The Chairman Joy Mundakatt                 Arab world, Stopping the collection of         special air fares with Air India Express      tion received from KUDA during the               contributions from Kuwaiti designers. This
   “After the grand successes of our previ-       presided over the function. KUDA                   contribution to the compulsory com-            and Jet airways for Indian citizens           past 2 years.                                    is an Adult only tour. Registration deadline
ous programs we wanted to concentrate on          greatly appreciated his diplomatic                 munity welfare fund with consular              who wanted to avail the recent                   Secretary General Raju Zacharias              is May 5.
a unique festival to celebrate the important      excellences as the Ambassador of                   services, solving the power failure            amnesty facilities declared by the            welcomed the Ambassador and Joy                     For Reservations, Please contact
milestones in Kuwait’s history and also on        India during the past 2 years.                     problems in Jleeb Shyoukh by con-              Government of Kuwait are few high-            John Thuruthikara proposed vote of               AWARE
our own anniversary.” says the Chairman of        Witnessing the tremendous improve-                 ducting series of meetings with                lights of his tenure as the Ambassador        thanks. Chairman presented a                        Tel: 2-5335280 - Fax : 2-5335230
IASCO.                                            ments in all consular services in terms            Minister and other high level officers of      of India to Kuwait.                           memento as a token of love and                      E-mail:
   IASCO promises a night to remember             of time and efficiency, timely interven-           MEW, arranging the visit of the honor-            M. Mathews. R.C. Sruresh. Pansily          appreciation to the outgoing ambassa-               We are online at
for both the days (April 20 and 21) with          tions and diplomatic skills in solving             able vice-president and External               Varkey,Sam Painumood, Salam                   dor.                                                Working Hours: Sunday to Thursday
many musical programs and dance routines                                                                                                                                                                                                           9am-12:30pm and 4:30pm-9pm
from Indian and Kuwaiti troupes. A high-                                                                                                                                                                                                              Villa 84, Surra Street, Block 3, Surra,
light of the programme will be the spectac-                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kuwait
ular breath-taking show by the legendary
Pundit Ramesh Narayan and his troupe who                                                                                                                                                                                                             May 15
will be rendering heart melting melodies                                                                                                                                                                                                           TIES Arabic Course 3: TIES Center is
from Sufi music to popular Film songs.                                                                                                                                                                                                             glad to announce the beginning of the class-
   The entry for the show will start from 6                                                                                                                                                                                                        es for Arabic Course 3/2011, starting from
pm sharp and the gates will close at 6:30                                                                                                                                                                                                          May 15th to June 02nd 2011. We offer
pm on both days. Entry is open through                                                                                                                                                                                                             classes for all levels, from beginners to
invitations only. For invitations and more                                                                                                                                                                                                         advance level. The classes are tailored to
details please contact 99509952, 65939113,                                                                                                                                                                                                         meet the needs and the requirement of the
90010060 or email at                                                                                                                                                                                                            students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TIES Arabic classes are intended for all
  April 21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         expatriates who wish to learn Arabic for
Kool Kidz Club: The Kool Kidz Club of                                                                                                                                                                                                              whatever purpose, be it for business purpos-
the British Academy of International Arts                                                                                                                                                                                                          es, basic communication, as a second lan-
celebrates the British Royal Wedding in                                                                                                                                                                                                            guage or simply as a hobby. At TIES
style with A TOP HAT and TIARA FUN                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Center, the Arabic classes are designed to
AFTERNOON on Thursday April 21.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meet these requirements.
Games, fun and competitions. Wear your                                                                                                                                                                                                                Throughout the course the students will
best prince and princess costumes and                                                                                                                                                                                                              learn how to read, write and speak Arabic
design a plate of food fit for Royalty. Non                                                                                                                                                                                                        in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming envi-
BAIA students can attend too! For details                                                                                                                                                                                                          ronment.
and tickets please check the website and contact the BAIA
office at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Children’s Art Workshop: This month
  April 22                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         participants in the Children’s Art Workshop
TISOK free course: The Triskelion                                                                                                                                                                                                                  will be learning about architecture and how
International State of Kuwait (TISOK) will                                                                                                                                                                                                         Islamic art and culture have influenced
be having a free course on MS Office 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                          building design and decoration. The chil-
for OFWs. Registration will be on Friday,                                                                                                                                                                                                          dren will start from the very basic (shapes
April 22, from 9:00 am till 12 noon at the        Bishop Kuriakose Mor Eusebios to lead Holy Week Services at Kuwait St George Syrian Orthodox Church Bishop Mor Eusebios arrived in Kuwait to lead this                                           in buildings) and progress to more complex
Philippine Embassy Consular Section in            year’s Holy Week Services at Kuwait St George Universal Syrian Orthodox Reesh Church. His Grace was received at the Kuwait International Airport by the                                          ideas related to function as well as design.
Jabriya. Kindly bring two recent receipts of      Parish Vicar Rev Father Sajan John and a number of faithful from the church. For more information and Holy Week program schedule, con tact Parsonage tel.                                        At the end of the month, they will be visit-
Western Union on registration day. Classes                                                                                24341407.                                                                                                                ing the Arab Organizations Headquarters
will start on April 29.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Building (AKA Arab Fund Building),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   which features examples inspired by tradi-
              ❑       ❑      ❑                    00965 66977036, 00965 99540323                     clothes, baked goods or crafts, you are sure   for the underprivileged school students in    Pakistani schools in Kuwait.                     tional Islamic art and architecture.
4th Golden Era Club meeting:                         Log on to: www.karma-                           to find it here.                               Kuwait, sponsored by the Ministry of             In order to avail this scholarship, appli-       For more information on the Children’s
Origami or Acupressure? Seniors (60+) can                                When: Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to      Awqaf in association with Islam               cants are requested to collect the applica-      Art Workshop or to register your child,
judge for themselves, on Friday, April 22,           or mail us on:           7 pm. Where: Safir Residence Hotel, Fintas     Presentation Committee (IPC), Friday          tion forms from Al Taalib Office located in      email
which activity is more enjoyable!! Time: 5           For latest updates, visit our Facebook          (exit 209).                                    Forum and Pakistan Kuwait Welfare             CAMS, Ahmed Al Jaber Street, Darwaza,                          ❑       ❑        ❑
to 7 pm. Venue: House #34, next to Abu-           profile: Woogie Woogie Dance                                                                      Association. These scholarships were given    near Warba Insurance Co, Int’l Islamic
Tammam Intermediate School for Boys,                                                                   May 10
                                                                                                                                                    to the needy students irrespective of their   Charity Organization Building, 2nd floor,        DAI Children’s workshop: Dar Al-
Sate Alhusari St, Block 2, Rumaithiya.              April 28                                                                                        religion or nationality. The process of Al    Al Sharq. The duly filled application forms      Athar Al-Islamiyyah has an exciting sched-
Registration/queries: Drop a line to golden-      Easter celebrations 2011: Classic                  Al Taalib Scholarship 2011: Al                 Taalib Scholarship for the current academic   shall be submitted to Al Taalib Office on or     ule for 2011 and hope your child/children or call 97172788 or                                                                  Taalib Scholarship is a financial aid scheme   year, 2011-12, has begun for all Indian and   before May 10 alongwith all supporting           can join us. Attached is a schedule with
                                                  Events are all set to proudly present the                                                                                                                                                        specifics, but here’s an overview of the
66208183. The above contact details may           most awaited event of the year, Easter “cel-                                                                                                    documents specified in the application
also be used by talented volunteers willing                                                                                                                                                       form.                                            remaining five months.
                                                  ebrations 2011’ on Thursday, April 28, 2011                                                                                                                                                         For children 6-12, we will take up three
to conduct quality educational/entertain-         at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Farwaniya.                                                                                                                  For more information, contact 22418934
ing/craft workshops during regular meet-                                                                                                                                                          (ext 204) or 55231711.                           new genres represented in Islamic art and
                                                     With 2 of Kuwait’s most stimulating                                                                                                                                                           revisit three of our most popular areas from
ings. The Golden Era Club is a non-profit,        DJ’s (DJ Mario & DJ’s John/Marlon) in
voluntary setup meeting on the 2nd and 4th                                                                                                                                                          May 13                                         the previous years. Saturday mornings in
                                                  attendance, special inhouse guest DJ                                                                                                                                                             January, it’s all about wood and marquetry.
Friday of each month.                             ‘Stephen’ & the dynamic ‘2 Sharp’ will                                                                                                          KALA to hold ‘Balakalamela’: The                 February, we celebrate 50/20 with music. In
                                                  glamour to the entertainment…                                                                                                                   yearly event “Balakalamela” conducted by         March, in anticipation of Mother’s Day,
  April 23                                           So ladies & gentlemen get your attire                                                                                                        Kerala Art Lovers Association (Kala-             we’ll look at Mughal Jewellery and the par-
Woogie Woogie 2011 audition:                      ready to compete for the illustrious title of                                                                                                   Kuwait) for the students of all Indian           ticipants will try their hands at making
Karma Entertainment announces the much            ‘classic queen’ / ‘king’ and win fabulous                                                                                                       schools in Kuwait for attaining the Benji
                                                  prizes including air tickets, hotel stay’s, gift                                                                                                                                                 memorable pieces. Glass decorating is on
awaited dance show ‘Woogie Woogie 2011’                                                                                                                                                           Benson EverRolling Trophy has been               the schedule for April. And, as has become
which will be held in Kuwait on May 6,            hampers, sun glasses etc.,                                                                                                                      scheduled for May 13th, Friday at Carmel
                                                     For more information, and invitation                                                                                                                                                          tradition, we’ll end the season with manu-
2011. It will be bigger, better and even                                                                                                                                                          School, Khaitan as informed by the Central       scripts and a child-produced stage produc-
more exciting than ever before. Not only          reservations please call Tony on 99729133,                                                                                                      Committee of Kala.
                                                  Merwyn on 66998767, Mario on                                                                                                                                                                     tion.
will we have our dancer stars of Kuwait                                                                                                                                                              The items that are included for the com-         Over eight Wednesdays, the participants
participants, but also special celebrities to     66482826, Joseph 66132697 or Vinod on                                                                                                           petition are Bharthnatyam, Mohiniyattam,
                                                  66845389. Hurry !!!! Entries limited…clos-                                                                                                                                                       will define a poetry project and work with
witness their talents!                                                                                                                                                                            Oppana, MargamKali, Folk Dance, Group            ‘guides’ to successfully complete their proj-
   Audition will be held at AIS, Hawally          ing soon.                                                                                                                                       Dance, Fancy Dress, Mappilapaattu,               ect.
for Classical and group dance performances                                                                                                                                                        Monoact, Light Music (Malayalam, Hindi),            An eight-week calligraphy workshop for
on April 23, 2011.                                  April 30                                                                                                                                      Group Song (Malayalam, Hindi), Classical         the same age group will follow, starting
   Final dance performance for the selected       Annual Spring Gift Bazaar: Come                                                                                                                 Song, Poetry Recitation (English, Hindi,         March 23. Again, guides; will be available
participant will be on May 6, 2011.               one, come all to the event that everyone has                                                                                                    Malayalam), Elocution (Malayalam,                to help participants with their projects. At
   Other information: Forms available at          been waiting for. It’s time for the Annual         Farewell party was given by Thirumarai Mandram, Kuwait to Mrs & Mr                           English), Essay Writing (English,                the end of the season, the projects – poetry
Sanbouk Supermarket - Salmiya, Vibes -            Spring Bazaar! Come out for an enjoyable           Muragaiyan, at the AGM of City International Exchange Co, who are planning                   Malayalam), Story Writing (English,              and calligraphy – will be included in an
Abbassiya and Honest Centre - Fahaheel.           day of shopping and visiting with the ven-         to return to India shortly. Wishing Mrs & Mr Murugaiyan good health, happy                   Malayalam), Poetry Writing (English,
   For further information please contact:        dors you know and love. Whether its                                             and prosperous future.                                          Malayalam) and Drawing.                                    Continued on Page 29

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