So today, former Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav (who was once invited for a guest lecture at Harward, while he was the union railway minister) has gone to jail. Something we did not expect, 17 years after he was known to be involved in a $310 million fodder scam. Great news! Mr Sreenavasan has also been re-elected as the cricket board chief even though … Continue reading Theatre of the Absurd
I have always been an admirer of the Bahrain World Trade Centre. But this admiration has only increased in the last month, ever since I became a regular at my gym, located within the premises. Going in and out every evening, I never fail to be awed by the “awesomeness” of the structure, the twin towers of which support three massive wind turbines, providing some … Continue reading Awesome Twosome
Bahrain’s annual desert camping season to begin in the next two weeks. The “festival”, when hundreds of families stay in tents in the sandy and rocky parts of the Island for months on end, is a time when the area transforms into in large city. Small markets also come up and telecom companies set up mobile transmission towers to enable campers to stay connected. The … Continue reading A turn for the desert!
I finally got to have the traditional Onam meal this afternoon, 11 days after the Malayali community from the Indian state of Kerala celebrated the festival. I had then missed out on the party due to mostly my lethargy, but also because several restaurants had run out by the time I reached there after work. Courtesy a friend who called, I pulled out all stops … Continue reading Yes! Sadhya at last
It was yet another extremely windy evening in Bahrain today. This confirms the deadly summer is finally on its way out, with the remnants, in the form of the still very hot sun, also waning slowly. Though it is unusual for this time of the year, the local weatherman has said these are the north-westerly shamal winds that will result in a hasty exit for … Continue reading Cool folklore
A question I had asked several months ago has finally been answered. Why is a small island in Bahrain off the coast of Sitra and a popular tourist attraction, called Falklands? The yacht captain then had failed to explain, only saying, in broken English, “I no know.” But now a Bahrain Coast Guard officer lifted the lid off the mystery, explaining the Al Dar Island, … Continue reading Bahrain’s Falklands
It was high tide, very windy and a rough sea that greeted me this evening when I went to Hidd with my camera. So if I had hoped I would get some great pictures in favourable weather conditions, I was mistaken. It was far too windy and dreary to get a perfect shot of almost anything but, nevertheless, I captured some pictures of people taking … Continue reading Fishing for the perfect shot