This, too, is life

When I took these pictures, all I had in mind were portraits. But when I looked at them later, I could “see” a lot more. The pain, the longing, the forlorn looks, the emptiness, the hope and, perhaps, the hunger. These two men are among the countless millions around the world who are not only…

The weekend sale

This gentleman, perhaps well into his 80s, sells “electronics” at a roadside “flea market” over the weekend. While it is creditable that even at this ripe old age, he has found something useful to do, it’s quite amazing to see all those things he’s selling actually work – be it the “vintage” mobile phones, the…

The years teach much which the days never knew

This elderly gentleman is as much a part of the Old Manama Suq as the Suq itself. He is at various places, always sitting alone, sometimes appearing to doze off, at times just sitting and staring at traffic and people. He is also one of the most-photographed by visitors and tourists and has even featured…

Waiting for the bite

Taking advantage of the high tide, this elderly gentleman, a picture of concentration, was quite enjoying fishing on Bahrain’s Busaiteen coast. Scenes like these are very common, especially in the milder winter months and in the early evening. However, Bahrain still lacks facilities for amateur anglers who have to depend solely on themselves and their…

No country for old men?

This elderly citizen, possibly in his 70s, was yesterday spotted at the Bahrain Financial Harbour crossing in Manama in the scorching afternoon sun, asking for a lift from passersby. Carrying a heavy load in a plastic bag, he was refused by at least three motorists who had stopped at a traffic light. Though I decided…