Missed Date

A couple of months ago, I had written on these pages about how Bahrain’s rich date crop was readying itself for the ensuing Ramadan and Eid and how there were plentiful supplies of a “fruit” so commonly consumed throughout the year in the Arab world, but in particular during the festivals. I had also posted…

Bang On – It’s All Here

Took a stroll in Manama this evening, at the exact time the devout were breaking their day-long fast signifying the end of the 21st day of the Holy month of Ramadan. I went specifically to the (in)famous Bangali Gali (the street of the Bengalis) just to see the hustle and the bustle. What I came…

In Formal

Sunday is the fifth day of Islams Holy Month of Ramadan and the ‘gabhga’ season is also well under way. Hundreds of people gather at the scores of Ramadan tents at hotels and other places in Bahrain to eat sing and socialise till the wee hours of the morning. The gatherings are also used by…

Time Travel

Took a walk along the streets of the old Muharraq Town this evening and, once again, came back with pictures I think I will never tire of taking.  Being there is like taking a trip back in time – there is so  much history associated with the place! The old museum that has just been…

Break Point

Just a 20-minute walk in the blistering Bahrain sun made sure I only recovered three days later. But these men I came across working on the roadside as I walked past have to do it day after day, possibly without even a day off. More than that, they have to not only work but also…

Care for a Date?

The date season in Bahrain is round the corner. Thousands of palm trees around the country are beginning to bloom and the crop will be ready to harvest just in time for the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in July. Traditionally, the fruit is eaten to break a day-long fast by followers of…

Trucks Tale Back

Trucks waiting to cross into Saudi Arabia from Bahrain have hit a traffic jam – again. The problem, reportedly driving companies to the verge of bankruptcy, has been ongoing since Ramadan last year when drivers had to spend days waiting in the open for their turn to get across. While the issue appeared to have…