God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages

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IMG_1204This is only the second picture that I have taken of a sparrow in Bahrain. Let along that, I have never actually spotted these tiny little creatures more than a few times. That’s what happens if one stays holed up within the four walls of a high-rise apartment building or stays within the confines of a big city’s congested neighbourhood. The only other time I photographed a sparrow was just about a year ago when it was in distress and we carried out the great rescue act (http://singhcircle.com/2014/06/17/a-little-bird-and-the-sea/) in Busaiteen. After that, this one appeared as out of nowhere on a tleafless tree in Manama. And, the ‘sighting’ was exciting, even more so since I had the camera on me at that time. Yes, Bahrain is quite a haven for birds of all kinds but not in the cities and certainly not in this terrible weather. That is why this Summer Sparrow is rather special!

Trapped by Life

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unnammed“WORK – If all wealth is gained from it, how come the wealthy never have to do it?”
This is the question I keep asking myself when I see workers toiling in unforgivable conditions.
The temperature today was 42C plus and it was unbearable to be out in the sun. Walking a few score feet to the car from the confines of our home was a Herculean task but here I see a construction worker – tired, exhausted, thirsty and hungry, looking out from within scaffolding at a building under construction.
Sadly, most such workers come thousands of miles from home in the Sub Continent to earn enough money so that their families could have a fairly comfortable existence. More sad is the fact that many of them travel across the proverbial seven seas in search of greener pastures but find themselves getting trapped in a never-ending rigmarole of bondage, debt and greed.
This picture more or less captures the blue-collared workers’ lives in this part of the world!

That perfect match

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945124_10151668905895833_1959485257_nA shop in Downtown Manama specialises in selling only thread. One can find several designs, colours and textures. There are also experts at hand who help customers with ideas and help them make that perfect match.
At first glance, this picture doesn’t make sense – but a closer look reveals the labyrinth of colours on display.

Talk the Walk

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DSC_2368 DSC_2369DSC_2369 DSC_2370 Workers leave a construction site after a hard day out in Bahrain’s blistering heat. With temperatures touching 40 degrees C, being in those conditions and doing hard labour requires some effort. But, again, these blue collared workers are any city’s lifeline. Because, if they do not work, we cannot!

Soaking in the sunset

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20130205_171016 20130205_171021 20130205_171024It’s the sunset again, without the sun this time.
Bahrain’s Tubli coast is not known to attract very many migratory birds and certainly not during this time of the year when temperatures are touching 40C.
However, this pretty bird (looks like a Japanese crane) seemed oblivious to the hot weather and ventured out into the open sea looking for food.
The setting sun, the brilliant orange and the ‘lone ranger’ make for what I thought an interesting composition.
However, I wonder what’s made this beautiful creature stay behind when all of its friends are perhaps in far away lands, soaking in the cooler summer sun!
Strange are the ways of nature!

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