The winter’s back – and so am I

I welcome myself back to blogging. After a long lay-off , while life unfolded in a variety of different ways, I was off here – more out of laziness and lethargy than anything else. Of course, it was also paucity of time, exigencies of work and the like but now that I have returned –…

Burnt out

The summer is severe every year, with August being the worst in terms of temperature – and that is when it turns into a virtual sauna out there. However, this year, its been the “worst in  many many years” if those who are in the know are to be believed. I personally thought it was…

Bahrain’s watermelon man

This is Bahrain’s Watermelon man. Zakareya Al Kadhem is the Chairman of Bahrain’s Sickle Cell Anemia Society and a sufferer himself. And, like any other sickle cell anemia patient, he requires frequent hospitalization to manage his condition. But, over time, this tireless patient rights’ campaigner become so engrossed in what his “subjects”, and he himself,…

A day in Dadar

Visiting Mumbai earlier this month, I decided to take a trip to a part of the metropolis I had not been to earlier – Dadar! The thing about Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, is that it its amazing ‘retro’ places, its traditional lifestyle and history are overbearing and, if one has the time, one can get…

Bananas in Bahrain

A little more than a year ago when I got the gardener to plant a couple of banana trees in our little garden, he was skeptical. He insisted these plants would just “create a jungle” and become unmanageable. A few weeks ago, he insisted he had been “proved right” since the plants had grown all…