Cafe 3

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…

Laugh Out Loud – and Smile

These pictures of life during a typical Manama weekend show several kinds emotions among Bahrain’s blue-collared workers who gather at the ‘two square’ every Thursday and Friday. One just has to stand in one corner to see all that goes on. While it is difficult to capture everything and photograph everybody, I have attempted to…

Count your blessings!

This gentleman is Ranjit Das. He runs a laundry in the neighbourhood where we stay. And he’s just one of the nearly 20 such businesses in the area. He’s also just one among the hundreds of thousands of people who come to work in this part of the world from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, The…

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‘Beach’ cricket in Bahrain

Hundreds of cricket enthusiasts gather on the seaside in Busaiteen every weekend to enjoy what is known as the gentlemen’s game. While the game is predominantly played in the Indian Sub-continent, Australia and England, besides the Caribbean, expatriates in Bahrain have made the most of the sparse and minimal facilities in setting up local tournaments…

To hell and beyond!

News that more than 300 refugees have died in a boat disaster off the Italian coast this evening has not come as a surprise. This is not the first time such an incident has taken place and it won’t be the last, given the desperate situation people some of the impoverished and war-torn countries find…

“I Told You So”

“Power will go to rascals, rogues, freebooters. . . . All leaders will be of low caliber & men of straw. . . They’ll have sweet tongues & silly hearts. . . They will fight amongst themselves for power & the two countries will be lost in political squabbles. . . . A day would…

Just Ice

The acquittal in the United States of George Zimmerman shows the double standards in the “world’s greatest democracy”. In a case where there was no doubt whatsoever that an unarmed Trayvon Martin was killed in cold blood by a “neighbourhood watch” official, the verdict has come as a complete shock. After the outrage all over the…