Time for Lunch

Roadside workers sitting down to have a meal has always been one of the best sights anywhere. These men, coming from diverse backgrounds and of different nationalities, find time to get together as they take a break from work and present a picture of bonhomie, camaraderie and togetherness that can only come when they are…

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The little pakora shop

I have been to this shop several times. The pakoras (fritters) this gentleman makes are awesome, particularly for those hungry souls in nearby offices as well as for starved passers-by. And this place is forever crowded. Strangely, for a short while that I was there this morning, there wasn’t a soul in sight – but…


The path – to the rooftop shack!!

This ramshackle doorway opens into a dilapidated staircase in Downtown Manama and is the ‘route’ to a bed space on the old run down building’s rooftop. This is a “labour accommodation” where expatriate workers stay, paying a dollar a night for bed space. They pay per use to sleep, without running water or electricity. These…


Carrying the burden of fate

This is one of the most disturbing images of life in the higher reaches of northern India. Because of the terrain, the absence of traffic and population scattered across several hills, porters such as this one carry huge amounts of goods – from boxes, cooking gas cylinders, girders, carpets – and everything else – up…


Trapped by Life

“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…


Talk the Walk

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!