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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.


Pigeon strike?

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…


Friday Prayers in Manama

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.


At the Fishmonger’s

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…


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…