Dear Tomatoes

When we bought tomatoes after a long time a couple of weeks ago, we were in for a surprise. They seemed very costly. But, maybe, that was the normal market price at that time. Our little garden had given us so many tomatoes over the winter and even until a month ago, we had not […]…

Tomato fest in town

The tomatoes are here – they really are. Bahrain’s had a bumper harvest this year and prices have hit rock bottom. This this year’s harvest has been quite exceptional – and very colourful – and prompted organisers of the”Saturday Market” to hold a “Tomato festival”yesterday. Though nowhere near the famous La Tomatina festival held in…

Winter Nuts

Stopping on the roadside to buy roasted and salted peanuts shows some signs of the winter sill remain even as day temperatures soar. It is said of the Bahrain winter though it may show signs of going away rather soon, it will give us a last parting kick before it finally goes away.

Pigeon strike?

Spotted just these three pigeons in an area of the Old Manama Suq where there would normally be hundreds of birds every evening, feeding on the morsels given to them by passersby. It was actually a strange sight since there was no fluttering, no mad rush to get at the food and no excitement. There…

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.