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Framed!

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!

Where is everybody?

I was extremely saddened this evening as I ventured out to the Manama waterfront park, or the Corniche as it is called, and found it deserted. But for a handful of children in the company of their bored-looking parents, and some officials, there was nothing else there. The dozen or so “rides” where children normally…

Shattered dreams?

After I took this picture of a rather desolate looking man sitting among the remnants of a building that had just been demolished, I felt he could have had a story to tell. I saw him sitting on a concrete block, staring at a mobile phone, possibly trying to make a phone call home; or…

Views from the walk

We went yesterday for an evening walk with a difference. Normally, we walk on the coast, parallel to the water but since it was low tide and the sea looked rather unclean, we decided to go away from the shore, with the cool evening sun just about to say goodbye to yet another day. We…

Herd Shots

I took a drive down to the Bahrain desert this evening after many weeks. It was cloudy, windy and rather dull in the city but the Sakhir area felt very refreshing and full of life. It is very normal to see camels in small herds at several places but rather unusual to see other animals,…

Give us this day our twice daily bread!

I have done this often but I don’t mind doing it doing it again – writing about this special bread called khoubz available only in the Arab world and a twice-daily staple with almost anybody. Though I wasn’t a great fan of this type of kneaded dough preparation, over the years the family has taken…

Noha’s Ark ?

This is what Noah’s Ark might have looked like. Well, not exactly but this scene was quite unusual in modern-day life. Scores of these winged creatures had perched themselves on this ramshackle fishing dhow off the Arad coast of Bahrain this evening just as the sun set on yet another cold and windy winter day.…