If you have ever wandered around Mutrah Souq and wondered about its history the book Thrown Down the Anchor is a great read, written by Maxine Burden. Its full of personal recollections of the time, not so long ago, when the souq was the hub of all things commercial in the Muscat area.
Fortunately, it includes all personalities for, as Mutrah is a port on the trade routes of the Arabian Sea, there are people who ‘washed up’ in the souq from around the greater region and beyond. ‘Banyans’ the Indian trading community, European women who married Omani men, the much photographed, Salim Shunoon the coffee seller, and longer-term residents whose recollections flesh out the story. Other Omanis, both well known and less prominent tell their story. If you buy a copy for yourself, don’t forget the extra one for your friend who may want to ‘borrow’ this wonderful coffee table book.