Old Glory

Bahraini girls play hopscotch in the old part of Bahrain’s Muharraq district.
Though Muharraq Island is considered to be the ‘original’ Bahrain, it had fallen on bad days in the recent past, thanks to the population growth and reckless urbanisation. However, in the last couple of years, the Culture Ministry has started several restoration projects, which are hopefully taking the old lanes and by-lanes, not to mention the ancient houses and ‘havelis’, back to their once glorious past.


Shocker at the Bay

This is what the Arad Bay Protected Area looked like this evening – dry, barren, dirty and not a bird in sight. Normally, there would be scores of migratory and local birds swarming all over, whether or not the tide is there or not. It’s not that our migratory friends have left for cooler climes…



I was in the company of these two enthusiasts as I took a walk with the camera on the Muharraq cost last evening. Now that winters are officially here, one can see many such photographers – both men and women – at any time of the day. May their tribe grow!


Manama ‘street art’

This is what the ‘street art’ looks like in a ‘suburb’ of Manama, the Bahrain capital. Inhabited by hundreds of thousands of blue-collared workers from the Indian Sub Continent and The Philippines. Very few, if at all, local people stay in this area, which is also full of shops selling Asian food as well as…


India no country for young women

Originally posted on sindhuspace:
I am still in shock; 13 young women, who were persuaded to undergo a “simple” STERILIZATION (tubectomy) lasting a few minutes died because the doctor (butcher) used a RUSTED UNSTERILIZED equipment. Another 70 are in hospital, 20 critical. The women came forward to undergo the surgery after health counselors assured them…


Sikhicide: No Media No Cry

I am hurt today. I feel insulted. I am appalled and ashamed of the politicians and the system we have in India. The media is also silent – not one of the channels is discussing the 1984 incidents even when they can have lengthy tirades on non-issues like a police officer not tying his shoelaces!…

The Colosseum – in Bahrain!

This is the Colosseum – and it’s in Bahrain! Yes, it is the same shape and look as the famous amphitheater in Rome, Italy – and perhaps inspired by its design, but this one hosts the offices of the country’s Electricity and Water Authority. This is one of Bahrain’s many brilliantly – designed buildings that…