Cruise times

I had always wanted to take a houseboat cruise on the famed Kerala Backwaters in Southern India. And, when I was in Kollam recently, that opportunity came my way. Being there in the midst of nature, the calm waters and the millions of coconut palms is an experience, during which one is at pains to…

‘Skeleton’ at the ‘graveyard’

I found this picture of a rotting and disintegrating dhow – resembling the skeleton of a dinosaur – in an area off the coast of Muharraq, Bahrain they call ‘The Graveyard’ for such craft as well as old fishing boats. Uncanny that it resembles what it does and at the location where it is!  

The storm before the calm

It’s been a stormy last few days in Bahrain and, among other things that have happened, the price of fish has gone up. This because fishermen have been warned to stay off the high seas and avoid any mishaps. This is one such dhow at the Muharraq ‘fishing village’ waiting for the storm to pass,…

Rotting Fishing Boat

This boat, like several others on the Muharraq coast in Bahrain, has surely seen better days. As with many others, it has possibly helped in many a catch over the years but now lies dilapidated and uncared for. If only we cared for those who once cared for and provided for us, the world would…

Bahrain’s Falklands

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…