It’s Lonely Up There

A solitary bird engages in some self-introspection perched on a leafless tree. This sight is fairly common in Bahrain during the hot summer months when temperatures can touch 46 degrees C. But come October, the weather begins to cool and trees and other shrubs spring back to life, and are in full ‘bloom’ a month…

Bang On – It’s All Here

Took a stroll in Manama this evening, at the exact time the devout were breaking their day-long fast signifying the end of the 21st day of the Holy month of Ramadan. I went specifically to the (in)famous Bangali Gali (the street of the Bengalis) just to see the hustle and the bustle. What I came…

Keeping Watch

This gentleman, perhaps in his 80’s if not more, is possibly the most-photographed man in Bahrain. He is seen featured in practically every travelogue, coffee table book or brochure and even on picture postcards sold all over the country. I, too, was attracted to take his pictures when I first stepped into the heart of…

India’s NaMo-sis

In India, Narendra Modi is the talk of the “town” these days – be it for all the right – or wrong reasons. He may well end up being India’s new Prime Minister less than a year down the road. I would, however, like to share a few thoughts, my personal experiences, on how deep-rooted…

Old IS Gold

This old man, who cleans cars at one of Bahrain’s five-star hotels, is the perfect example of the “one’s never too old to work” adage. Though I have spotted him several times in the parking lot and always declined his offer of cleaning my car, this one I time I was unable to since the…

Get Away

One of the best weekend getaways in Bahrain – there are not many anyway – is the Al Dar Islands Resort, off the Sitra coast. It is one of those places that offers a perfect retreat for families and friends who can spend time in idyllic surroundings in the middle of the sea, surrounded by…