The spice of life is not in tradition any more

Bahrain’s Spice Market may not hold charm for the local population any more but, tucked away in the lanes of the Old Suq in the capital, Manama, it is a must visit for tourists and visitors. The conventional ways of shopping have, in any case, taken a beating in the last few years with the…

Superman’s Bahraini

“Not only am I awesome, I’m Bahraini too” says a sticker outside this curio shop tucked away in the by-lanes of Old Muharraq Town. And, of course, one cannot help but notice a larger than life-size model of Superman, wearing the traditional Bahraini headgear. Maybe, the sticker should’ve read: “Not only am I awesome, I’m…

The ‘mall’ on the street

Not everyone shops at malls or at chic stores. Many cannot even afford to shop. But, come the festival season and a group of young enthusiasts display used clothes in the interiors of the Manama Suq in Bahrain for anyone to take away and use. Needless to say, these are a great attraction for those…

Living Life

This rather rickety old bicycle parked in a nondescript corner of our compound brought back memories. I still remember the time when I first tried to ride one and fell flat on my face. I also recall when, as a seven-year old, I borrowed the neighbour’s bicycle to go to the market and I also…

Life of People

Over the years, I have found the most difficult pictures to take in Bahrain are those of people. It was always not easy but after the unfortunate events of February 2011, it’s become well high impossible. Everyone seems to be somewhat suspicious of anyone with a camera, perhaps not knowing where the pictures would be…