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…

Chained!

I observed this¬† man in Bahrain’s Muharraq Suq. Though it did not count for much when I clicked, the chains on the bench are ominous. Sadly, this signifies life for countless thousands in this part of the world – people who leave their homes and families in search of a good life but end up…

The man and his spirit!

As we walked along the Busaiteen coast this evening, we spotted this man picking out empty fizzy drink cans and bottles from trash bins and putting them into a tattered plastic bag hanging on his rickety bicycle. And when we walked back, he was spotted sitting on a bench, looking completely exhausted and forlorn. I…

Shattered dreams?

After I took this picture of a rather desolate looking man sitting among the remnants of a building that had just been demolished, I felt he could have had a story to tell. I saw him sitting on a concrete block, staring at a mobile phone, possibly trying to make a phone call home; or…

Old IS Gold

This old man, who cleans cars at one of Bahrain’s five-star hotels, is the perfect example of the “one’s never too old to work” adage. Though I have spotted him several times in the parking lot and always declined his offer of cleaning my car, this one I time I was unable to since the…