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 advent of supermarkets and suq’s (traditional markets) have been among … Continue reading The spice of life is not in tradition any more
A longer than usual halt at the traffic lights on way to work this morning was an opportunity to look back and see a queue of cars lining up behind us. Traffic is usually smooth at this time of the day in spite of the office rush and such halts are rather unusual. Continue reading Looking back
Nothing like a traditional Bahraini breakfast at the start of a working day. And that’s what happened today. It always happens. I start work very early in the day and that means no (or a very hurried) breakfast. That also means I have to ‘exist’ on tidbits (and the occasional tea and coffee at “peepa” time). But that was not to be this morning. Having … Continue reading Morning feast
Bicycles might be down and out for most of us as a regular mode of transport, especially outside of some countries in Western Europe, but the humble gardener still uses the trusty mode of transport. When I was a kid, the gardener came on a bicycle and, now, several decades later, he still comes on a bicycle. That was then, in India and this is … Continue reading He still cycles to work
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 recall how once I took the gardener’s cycle to run … Continue reading Living Life
We drove down to Mumbai on the way home from work this afternoon. The hunger pangs were severe and the traffic down to a crawl as usual at that time of the day. And, since Mumbai Spices, located within a mall on the way seemed like a good option, we decided to stop by. The vegetarian thali (platter) was, however, a disappointment – the paneer … Continue reading Mumbai? No, not quite!
A flock of birds takes to the skies on its way home after a hard day out. Continue reading Going Home