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…

Looking back

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.

Morning feast

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”…

He still cycles to work

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…

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…