Saturday spirtualism

This is such a common sight in India. Every Saturday, hundreds of men, young and old, dress themselves up in saffron and roam around the streets ‘blessing’ everyone with the power of “Shani Dev” (the God of Saturday). And everyone gives them a few coins, India being in the grip of religion as usual. I…

Prayer Island

I have driven by this very busy traffic island in Bahrain’s Salmabad area scores of times but this shot from on board a helicopter presented an entirely different, and surreal look. I cannot for the world of me figure out how a mosque came up ON this roundabout and attracts thousands of worshipers. To top…

Life’s fusion

A mosque, the crescent and the palm – three symbols of life in the Gulf – are seen in this one picture taken during sunset at the Al Ghous Corniche in Muharraq, Bahrain. Bahrain is an Islamic nation in name but is a melting pot of all of the world’s major religions, whose followers stay…

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.