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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…

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Tall Story

  I had no idea these would even grow in Bahrain, let alone develop so well. When a plant shop salesman handed me these seeds months ago, he was also not sure what would happen. Yes, they will grow, he said, to a few feet above the ground and, maybe, give some flowers. You can…

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The Amby – in Bahrain!

Look what I found – in Bahrain – today! It’s the Ambassador – the car that India once loved. This was that all-time favourite of virtually anyone in the country, anywhere, who owned a car until the automotive revolution signalled the beginning of its end and it finally breathed its last on Mat 25, 2014,…

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The Game is on

It’s finally happened. It had to. Petrol prices in Bahrain have today shot up 60 per cent – the first time an increase has been effected in 33 years – and all hell’s broken lose. A litre of gasoline now costs between 33 to 43 cents so one can imagine what it was earlier! Virtually…

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Seems like yesterday

Remember the gold old typewriter? I do. In fact, this scale model of a vintage Remington on my desk takes me back to the late 1970’s when, as a teenager, I went to a typing and shorthand school so to be “better able to send in contributions to newspapers”. I had no intention at that…

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This, folks, is our winter

Rain in Bahrain is always welcome – and coming after a very long summer, it is even more so. It’s windy, it’s cold, rather nippy at 17 degrees C (yes, that’s COLD here), and the ‘woolens’ are out for many locals. However, for us, we have only moved indoors temporarily – until the ‘cold spell’…

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My Bookstore

I have always fallen for books – large, coffee table books – but especially those with lots of photographs. Of late, I have started collecting India-specific books – history, culture, arts, and lots of pictures. So it wasn’t surprising I ended up at this roadside books bazaar in Fort, Mumbai when I was there last…