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…

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.

Weekend Shopping

Enterprising traders sell second hand clothes on the streets of Old Manama over the weekend. These are in great demand by Bahrain’s low-paid workers’ community who can procure them as low as a dollar or less a piece. Interestingly, there are different roadside ‘arcades’ for both men and women, as can be seen in these…