The path – to the rooftop shack!!


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9This ramshackle doorway opens into a dilapidated staircase in Downtown Manama and is the ‘route’ to a bed space on the old run down building’s rooftop.
This is a “labour accommodation” where expatriate workers stay, paying a dollar a night for bed space.
They pay per use to sleep, without running water or electricity.
These are not only the so-called “free-visa” workers but also many who call it their “company accommodation.”
Sadly, human rights and government officials “see” this only after a major tragedy happens – and that happens quite often in the summer!

This, also, is the humble ‘idli’


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IMG_0918 IMG_0914This is the humble idli, believe it or not! The popular South Indian rice cake snack, so well-known all over the world and eaten in combination with the all-time favourite sambhar, has turned up in an all-new avtaar – the idli manchurian!
Now whether the Chinese are twirling their thumbs or not, at their dish being hijacked, I wouldn’t know but this tasted absolutely divine.
I love manchurian in any form but never EVER imagined it would turn up like this. But, thanks to my daughter Asveen, she did exactly that and came up with this masterpiece.
I did a quick Google search and, yes, saw it mentioned but am convinced this preparation was one of a kind.
I also recall joking with a neighbour years ago that one day I would make grilled idli, but have never got around to that so far.
But, after having this one, I am sure I will give the grilled version a shot – and create something unusual, perhaps an idli kebeb!!

Wheels of fortune


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This bicycle sale and repair shop In Downtown Manama, with bicycles hanging upside down, perhaps exemplifies the lives of thousands of Asian expatriates who come thousands of miles from their home countries in search of greener pastures – and, perhaps, a change in fortunes!


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