It’s raining – bananas!

The banana plant in the backyard was drying up as expected in the summer and was awaiting the chop in preparation for some colder weather. But as the gardener went about his job, this is what he noticed. We actually had summer bananas! That, even to his experienced eye, was unexpected. That was a couple…

It’s hot out there but not for them

The blistering summer is upon us in Bahrain – in all its fury. Temperatures are touching an average of 45C (113F) in the sun, making everyone broil – literally. However, these remarkable animals – camels – the ships of the desert – seem to be the only ones not affected by heaven’s fury, out in…

The Big Itch

Over the last couple of months, both our dogs have had an attack of ticks! Wonder which of them got them first, or from where, but they were miserable. Three-year old Chucky (the Pug-Pekingese) and the much older Tyson (the Desert Dog-Lab ) were continuously scratching and no amount of removing the deadly parasites physically…

Mumbai, it seems, lives to eat

Five days in Mumbai at the beginning of this month were not enough for me. Over the last couple of years, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for life in one of India’s most well-known metropolis – not the least because of the hustle and bustle of life there – but for the myriad…

Taking in the tradition

  Bahrain is rich in tradition. And the good thing is the government, and the people, are extremely pro-active in maintaining that tradition. While conventional methods of shopping in the open markets and the suq may have taken a back seat, what is thriving are the traditional street cafes in all parts of the country,…