Tower Power

Bahrain’s most famous landmarks pictured through my SUV’s rear view mirror from the Busaiteen coast . The two most ‘photogenic’ structures in the country – Bahrain Financial Harbour and the Bahrain World Trade Centre – are also the most architecturally pleasing, designed with considerable thought on how to take advantage of what the nation has…

Little India

When I first came to Bahrain, a friend took me to Central Manama. I could have sworn I never left India, so much was the ‘Indianness’ in the place. More than a decade later, I return often to what is the old Suq and each time am in awe of the fact that in some…

Gem Job

Piles of empty oyster shells lie on the Sitra coast in Bahrain. Oysters are now ‘harvested’ by amateur fishermen who then pry open the shells to look for natural pearls. Though it is extremely rare these are found, sometimes someone does get lucky. Pearling, known to have occurred since 2000 BC, and once the mainstay…

Weather Bug

It’s yet another dull, dreary and hazy day in Bahrain today, one of many that will happen until the end of the month. It is said of Bahrain there are five seasons every day in this island nation with the weather changing as many times during a 24-hour period. However, that is true mainly for…

Vintage Dhow

This run down fishing dhow lies at the Muharraq coast, perhaps reminiscing on the days when it proudly ruled the seas off Bahrain. Most fishing is now done on modern boats and dhows made of steel, aluminium and fibre. Some traditional wood and straw vessels are still afloat but these are mostly used for ceremonial…