Spotted just these three pigeons in an area of the Old Manama Suq where there would normally be hundreds of birds every evening, feeding on the morsels given to them by passersby. It was actually a strange sight since there was no fluttering, no mad rush to get at the food and no excitement. There had to be a reason for such strange behaviour. I would want to know what it were.
Weekend Friday prayers in the Old Manama Suq in Bahrain.
Thousands of people get together on the streets of the old quarter a little before noon, come hail or shine.
The gatherings are rather pleasant occasions during the cool winter months, though worshipers have to endure sizzling temperatures in the summer.
We visit the fishmongers in Manama once a month. And this gentleman, from Bangladesh, keeps the choicest catch ready, cleaned and packed for use as we reach.
He is also up to date with technology, liberally using WhatsApp and Instagram for marketing, sending out messages and pictures to customers, who can then decide what they want.
The best part, however, is we can pick up the ‘consignment’ as we pass the shop, not bothering to find a parking spot in the normally congested lanes.
How times have changed!
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 two pictures!