This municipal worker is heading home after a tiring day’s work in the heart of Manama’s financial district.
He is obviously not bothered by the hot summer sun beating down and the noisy traffic all around him as he walks briskly, possibly towards the waiting company transport and, hopefully, a hot, fresh meal.
It is workers like this one that toil throughout the day, come hail or shine, to make our lives more comfortable, cleaning the roads and clearing them of dirt and garbage, among others.
The best part is that I am yet to come across any such worker without a smile on his face and a look of contentment that seems to defy all logic.
They will always greet you with a smile, try to exchange a few pleasantries and wish you well before going on their way.
I see them all the time on traffic signals, sometimes very early in the morning and at times, late at night, sweeping away to make sure we are in a healthy environment.
Hat’s off to these dedicated souls!
I took these pictures this afternoon from my fourth floor kitchen window as I arrived home from work.
As the food heated, I wondered what these men might have had for lunch – or whether they would have eaten at all.
I also wondered why we forget how much hardships for some people, while others seemingly have life easy, with all the comforts that can be.
This even when we know our lives would be nowhere near what we consider normal, or comfortable – without these workers, who make sure that we live ours the way we want.
The weather’s not very hot as yet but the sun’s beating down at 30 degrees C. These brave men, however, carry on nevertheless, and will keep doing so, even as we sit comfortably in air-conditioned comfort, and enjoy a hearty meal.
But, the, reality momentarily dawns as we look out of the window – and realise there are others out there – and they, too, are human.
A splash of colour on the first day of the 2015 Gulf Air Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. The annual event, held at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), will feature a night race for the first time on Sunday, beginning well after sunset.
Thousands of people will visit the BIC over the three days, a majority of them coming to be part of the huge carnival atmosphere, and not watch the race itself.
It’s truly celebration time!