No, this is not Bahrain

I haven’t felt like this in a long time – if ever! Angry, miserable, annoyed, call it what you want but that’s not the way Bahrain is. A perfect start to a perfect day at work was ruined by an obstinate and rude “gentlemen” who insisted on calling the traffic cops after I banged –…

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…

Reflections

This picture of newly constructed “chalets” on the Busaiteen coast in Bahrain was taken through the rear view mirror as I finished a regular “photo shoot” of the sunset. The area is very popular with Bahrainis and expatriates who take advantage of the several kilometers long coastline to picnic, play football and cricket or just…

Diving Force

This monument to what Bahrain has always been known for – pearl diving – is a major exhibit at the Bahrain National Museum. Signifying what the nation once stood for and the difficult life pearl divers had to live, the monument attracts a lot of attention for all visitors to the museum, which also hosts…

Bread Talks

Almost every household in Bahrain has to have the traditional ‘khubus’, ‘kamachi’ or ‘kuka’ – depending on the size – at least once a day. Strangely, very few, if at all, the ‘operators’ of these neighbourhood bakeries are actually Bahrainis, with a very large majority coming from India, more specifically, from the North Indian state…