Bicycle

Living Life

This rather rickety old bicycle parked in a nondescript corner of our compound brought back memories. I still remember the time when I first tried to ride one and fell flat on my face. I also recall when, as a seven-year old, I borrowed the neighbour’s bicycle to go to the market and I also…

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Life of People

Over the years, I have found the most difficult pictures to take in Bahrain are those of people. It was always not easy but after the unfortunate events of February 2011, it’s become well high impossible. Everyone seems to be somewhat suspicious of anyone with a camera, perhaps not knowing where the pictures would be…

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Winter Nuts

Stopping on the roadside to buy roasted and salted peanuts shows some signs of the winter sill remain even as day temperatures soar. It is said of the Bahrain winter though it may show signs of going away rather soon, it will give us a last parting kick before it finally goes away.

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Weekend Shopping

Enterprising traders sell second hand clothes on the streets of Old Manama over the weekend. These are in great demand by Bahrain’s low-paid workers’ community who can procure them as low as a dollar or less a piece. Interestingly, there are different roadside ‘arcades’ for both men and women, as can be seen in these…

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Street Smart Bahrain

A typical street scene in the Old Manama Suq over the weekend. At many times, wandering in the area, I feel I am actually in the back of beyond in some remote Indian city and not thousands of miles away, in Bahrain. There are many similarities between the two countries mainly stemming from the fact…

The li’le lady from Japan

This curio shop was closed when we visited Khecheopalri Lake near Pelling in Sikkim and were told it is run by a “charming little lady from Japan” who comes there every year for a few months and sets up[ base at one of Buddhism’s holiest places. Also known as the Wishing Lake, it is said…

In good taste!

Though our week-long trip to Sikkim in North Eastern India was unique in many ways, what stuck me most was the organic vegetables and fruits produced in the state. Sikkim, which was until 1975 an independent nation, will soon be declared a 100 per cent organic state and the use of chemical fertiliser and other…