No, this is not Bahrain

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
Picture for representation only I haven’t felt like this in a long time – if ever! Angry, miserable, annoyed, call it what you want but that’s not the way Bahrain is. A perfect start to a perfect day at work was ruined by an obstinate and rude “gentlemen” who insisted on…


Ceiling Art

Looking up at the ceiling as we sat at Emmawash, a traditional Bahraini restaurant, for breakfast this morning was a revelation. The graffiti and the talent of the artists gelled completely with the ambiance of this very energetic place on the Budaiya Highway. Clientele, among them Europeans, Arabs, Asians and Africans, were equally at ease…


Reviews Please

Originally posted on sindhuspace:
Dear all, I have published a novella ‘Meantime Girl’ on Amazon Kindle and would appreciate your frank reviews. Meantime Girl It is a contemporary love story. I have tried to keep it realistic in the Indian context, but kept it thematically and emotionally universal. The ‘look inside’ feature of the book…


Old, as always, is gold

One of the several old houses on Bahrain’s Muharraq Island, which are earmarked for complete renovation as part of a comprehensive Culture Ministry project to restore historical buildings. This particular mansion, one of the oldest, is visibly in a dilapidated state, with even its once majestic walls almost ready to give way. However, the intricate…

Bab Al Bahrain

The Gateway

This was once the gateway to Bahrain – the ‘main door’ – from where everyone entered the island kingdom, also called Bab Al Bahrain – entrance to Bahrain. That was, however, until the early 1960’s, after which gradually, things began to change and reclamation became the order of the day. I once met an elderly…


Scream destination

Looking through some old pictures, I came across these – those of my Egypt trip to Cairo and Sharm Al Shaikh – back in 2003. It was a memorable one-week holiday along with a group of senior travel industry officials from Bahrain and one that I will forever remember. For once, I came across a…