It’s the weekend again

Blue-collared workers in Bahrain, a very large majority of them from the Indian Sub-Continent, relax on a traffic roundabout at Bab Al Bahrain (the gateway to Bahrain) over the weekend. Thousands of such workers gather for two days every week to exchange news and gossip and spend time talking to their families, window shopping and…

Trapped by Life

“WORK – If all wealth is gained from it, how come the wealthy never have to do it?” This is the question I keep asking myself when I see workers toiling in unforgivable conditions. The temperature today was 42C plus and it was unbearable to be out in the sun. Walking a few score feet…

Friday Prayers in Manama

Weekend Friday prayers in the Old Manama Suq in Bahrain. Thousands of people get together on the streets of the old quarter a little before noon, come hail or shine. The gatherings are rather pleasant occasions during the cool winter months, though  worshipers have to endure sizzling temperatures in the summer.

Weekend Shopping

Enterprising traders sell second hand clothes on the streets of Old Manama over the weekend. These are in great demand by Bahrain’s low-paid workers’ community who can procure them as low as a dollar or less a piece. Interestingly, there are different roadside ‘arcades’ for both men and women, as can be seen in these…

Catch up

Expatriate workers in Bahrain line up at the Manama fishing harbour to try their hand at angling and in the hope of catching fish for dinner. This is a common sight each Friday evening when thousands gather at designated spots across the country to talk about the week gone by and plan for the seven…