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!


They are also human

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…


‘Coffee’ break

Blue-collared workers at a Bahrain construction site take time off to rest and have a snack. The real estate sector in the country is once again on an upswing after several years of uncertainty, especially in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and the political events in the region in 2011.