Missed Date

A couple of months ago, I had written on these pages about how Bahrain’s rich date crop was readying itself for the ensuing Ramadan and Eid and how there were plentiful supplies of a “fruit” so commonly consumed throughout the year in the Arab world, but in particular during the festivals. I had also posted…

Bang On – It’s All Here

Took a stroll in Manama this evening, at the exact time the devout were breaking their day-long fast signifying the end of the 21st day of the Holy month of Ramadan. I went specifically to the (in)famous Bangali Gali (the street of the Bengalis) just to see the hustle and the bustle. What I came…

In Formal

Sunday is the fifth day of Islams Holy Month of Ramadan and the ‘gabhga’ season is also well under way. Hundreds of people gather at the scores of Ramadan tents at hotels and other places in Bahrain to eat sing and socialise till the wee hours of the morning. The gatherings are also used by…

Time Travel

Took a walk along the streets of the old Muharraq Town this evening and, once again, came back with pictures I think I will never tire of taking.  Being there is like taking a trip back in time – there is so  much history associated with the place! The old museum that has just been…

Break Point

Just a 20-minute walk in the blistering Bahrain sun made sure I only recovered three days later. But these men I came across working on the roadside as I walked past have to do it day after day, possibly without even a day off. More than that, they have to not only work but also…