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George F. Middleton
 
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Dear Readers,

With summer in full swing, it's that time again when, along with the temperature, the excitement for one of the most popular events on the island is also reaching an all time high.

The Bahrain Summer Festival 2015 is finally here and residents are getting ready for another cultural extravaganza. The month-long festival has a variety of entertainment on offer, featuring fantastic family-oriented shows as well as activities from a selection of top regional and international talents. Check out our dedicated Happenings section for a comprehensive guide to all the action.

This month's India in Bahrain report celebrates the 68th anniversary of the country's Independence Day by taking a detailed look at the major facets of India's cultural and economic presence in the Kingdom. From business links and social clubs to cuisine offerings and fashion outlets across the island, there's an Indian touch to much of what we see and do.

In this issue, we give a detailed round up of the new bands performing at venues all over the island. Also in this edition, we have exclusive interviews with children's author Jamie O' Dowd and Bahraini entrepreneur Shahd Alzaki.

Check out snippets from our exclusive Jaguar Land Rover Backseat Chat interview with musician Mirza Al Sharif (also available as a video podcast online) as he spills the beans on his passions and inspirations in life.

To kick off our dining section, BTM visits Soie, the award-winning Chinese restaurant located at the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, to sample the exciting new menu. Meanwhile, from discovering new venues to fantastic food promotions, we give you the inside scoop on the Kingdom's range of eateries.

In addition we put the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid under the spotlight to see how this mean machine combines electric and gasoline to create a truly memorable drive.

In our Summer Coolers report you can find out where to treat yourself with a refreshing drink while you take a break from the sweltering heat

Wherever you go during the course of the month, take time to enjoy the great way of life that the Kingdom has to offer.