This is a beautiful Bahrain sunset – yet again. This is one magical aspect of this tiny island nation, and each time I step out with the camera, it creates an extremely vivid, and unreal feeling.
This quote by John Ruskin sums it up beautifully:
At sunset, nature is painting for us….day after day….pictures of infinite beauty!
These are some of my very ‘brave’ pictures from a weekend activity in Bahrain, held in a not so remote, but difficult to reach, part of the island.
Scores of car stunt enthusiasts get together every Friday to indulge in this dangerous activity on a kilometre stretch of road in Karbabad and are watched by a several hundred strong crowd of mostly youngsters who cheer their every move and even act as ‘helpers’ when there cars get stuck in the sand.
The participants come equipped with spare tires, a mobile workshop, recovery trucks (which bring in the super-souped vehicles) and make proper arrangements for spectators to have a drink and snacks while they watch.
The overwhelming smell of burning rubber, the smoke, fumes and above all, the deafening noise make it very uncomfortable but no one seems to mind the couple of hours’ discomfort in the name of a thrilling sport!
I tried taking some upfront shots but wasn’t able to, considering how dangerous it could be. These shots, from behind large cars and trucks and from a safe distance, are, however, self-explanatory!
This is the scene at Mumbai’s “world-famous” Juhu Beach. It was low tide and raining but there were still some waves coming in. Scores of people were walking on the sand along the coast while several scores of others were playing football.
That is the good part! But one look at all the litter and trash and I literally wanted to run away from the place. My first ever visit to the area was unpleasant, smelly and a huge disappointment!
I was surprised to see how so many youngsters could be running and prancing around in all that garbage.
But that, they say, is Mumbai – the city that “carries on” despite the huge odds residents face day in and day out. And that is why, they say, Mumbai is a city that keeps moving – never mind the hiccups!
We got the first taste of this summer season’s killing Bahrain humidity yesterday as we went out for our customary walk on the coast. And since it felt very hot, we drove down the few hundred yards, deciding to get out of the car and walk. And, as usual, I stepped out with the camera, and took this picture (left), not realising the mist had all but obliterated the lens. Instead of wiping it off, I took a few more shots (right, bottom) and came up with the other two, even as a youngster approached and plonked himself on one of the swings! And, by the time that happened, the cloudiness on the lens had vanished.
I did not think I would get any reasonable shots, given the weather, but reckoned these were worth sharing on seeing the results on-screen!