This 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!
“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!
A 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.
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!