Kool Kollam

My recent short visit to Kerala took me to the quaint little town of Kollam (previously Quilon), virtually on India’s southernmost tip. I did expect the place to be rather quiet (most of Kerala is rather so) but what I witnessed was right of a school history textbook. What was striking was everyone takes it…

Old, as always, is gold

One of the several old houses on Bahrain’s Muharraq Island, which are earmarked for complete renovation as part of a comprehensive Culture Ministry project to restore historical buildings. This particular mansion, one of the oldest, is visibly in a dilapidated state, with even its once majestic walls almost ready to give way. However, the intricate…

Market 338

Bahrain’s annual Market 338 is back. More than 40 top designers and artists from the Gulf region have come together to showcase their work,for the second year in a row. After its successful launch last year, the event is even bigger and better, and will feature musical performances, pop-up cafes, lectures, workshops and specially commissioned…

Destination Desert

Bahrain’s annual camping season has been well under way for the last few weeks and will continue until April. Traditionally, these few months, thousands of Bahrain’s families set up ‘camp’ in the vast rocky areas in the south of the country in an area they then call home. During those few months, enterprising businessmen set…

On a high note

A lone rider trudges past the ancient Bahrain Fort as the weather cleared after two days of incessant rain. The fort, said to be several hundred years old, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the scene of some intense development by the Culture Ministry to attract more tourists to the country.