Bahrain’s Christian cemetery

I wasn’t aware until that Bahrain has a second cemetery for Christians and that, too, in the heart of the one of the country’s most congested neighbourhoods. Salmabad, as it is known, is not only home to hundreds of thousands of blue-collared expatriate workers, it is also one of Bahrain’s most well-known workshop areas, where…

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…