Downtown Manama is a labyrinth of narrow alleys, these dated structures house people on the higher floors and have a variety of shops below. Last Friday some of our Internations photo walkers gathered to give this area a try. Ater parking at the Awal theater, one of the oldest cinema’s in Bahrain we started our journey into these dim streets. The theme for the walk was comic billboards and signs and shapes in the sky.
After a good hour on the street we visited an iconic Indian Udupi restaurant for snacks. For many westerners, the flavors and colors of the pure vegetarian food a revelation. It was dark and the Indian Club opposite was playing host to Onam celebrations with great fanfare. Lots of lighting, balloons and a band to welcome the chief guest the Indian Ambassador to Bahrain. Deciding not to gate crash into the function, we continued our walk making our last stop at Tariq Pastries for some freshly made Baklava. The kilo of sweets we ordered vanished while we enjoyed the brief respite in their air-conditioned premises before heading out into the humid night.
Shot in Darjeeling and its vicinity. More moments from the street, when my lens meets the subjects eyes.
In all the years I have been here in Bahrain, I have celebrated Eid only once. The 3 days holiday which comes with the first Eid has been a lure to escape to summer heat. It was the same this year, and the only festive event I could be part of was Gergaoon a week before my trip to Scandinavia. Now, what is this is a celebration all about. In the good old days children take to the streets laden with bags and drums as they tour in quest for Gergaoon, namely delicious confectioneries, crunchy edible seeds and halwa.
Bahrain Fort was kind enough to lend its premises for the function. We landed up there early and found the staff testing their speakers and finalizing the seating arrangements. So we had a good hour of time to explore the fort in the night. Suddenly out of the blue, a bus load of exchange students swarmed the site breaking the otherwise peaceful atmosphere.
The loudspeakers started playing some local tunes and we knew it was time to head back down. We grabbed ourselves one of the cushion squares and watched the families stroll in. Children decked up in new and colorful attires took their place near the stage where games were organised and gifts distributed.
The same night after I reached home, I heard the sound of tambourine’s from the street. The kids from my area in downtown Manama where out and about going from shop to shop collecting some small token money.
It has been almost a month since my trip to Scandinavia. There were a lot of pictures, a lot of editing. Now finally the story board has taken shape, and in the coming few weeks I shall take you with me every minute of my journey.
We landed in Oslo on a Thursday, a quick check in and we were on the street. The first few hours in any new city are the most precious. You are trying to get a sense of direction, the layout of the street and how to read the map. We were not the only ones but the city looked quite empty. We were forewarned that in the summer a lot of the residents travel up country and outside. I don’t blame them, with such a beautiful country and so many places of absolute beauty at their fingertips.
These pictures are from the first hour of my walk in Oslo. Hope you enjoy them…
Not a single post in July, that is how draining planning for a trip can be. My first to Scandinavia and to be honest it was very worth making all those plans and notes. The trip went very well as future pictorials will demonstrate. Its almost 10 days since I got back, settling back into my work life and loading images from the three camera’s used into picture boards. Here are some of the instagram images, which I am reposting again.