Bombay and Istanbul

Eminönü has been the shopping district of Istanbul since the Byzantine times which makes it the busiest part of the city for the last 1500 years. My father and I would start in the Mısır Çarşısı (The Spice Market) and look at the birds, dogs and cats, fish, spices and teas, monkeys, cheese and sausages, hamsters, dried fruit and nuts. We’d have lunch in Pandeli which brings back images of aubergine and tender meat, and elderly waiters with pristine white shirts. And finally we’d walk up the street towards Suleymaniye, the most magnificent of the mosques in the city. I remember my father buying me toys and trinkets from the little shops in tiny and crowded streets: balloons, Chinese toys made from cheap plastic, a small radio, a green ring connected to a small rubber ball hidden in the palm used to spray water to the face of the unsuspecting onlookers. Continue reading Bombay and Istanbul

Aparna Weds Pratap

They wore red uniforms with flat hats, and around them were a couple of guys carrying huge lanterns. When everyone was ready, we started the march to the wedding area. We probably took 45 minutes for a distance of 2 kilometers because we stopped every few minutes and danced to the tunes of the band. We were joined by local kids on the way who pointed at me, an obvious foreigner in indian clothing, gaped and giggled. Continue reading Aparna Weds Pratap

Hindistan ve Din

Nehrin kiyisinda sabahin 6’sinda sabah sporunu (yoga) yapanlar, disini fircalayanlar, kahverengi su icinde sabah banyosunu yapanlar, meditasyon yapanlar, camasir yikayanlar, iki dua edip para alan rahipler, alna renkli toz (tika) surup para alan rahipler, mum ve cicek satanlar, gargara yapanlar, acayip hint halterleri ile vucut gelistirenler, cins cins turistler, balikcilar, cins cins turistlere incik boncuk satmaya calisan cins cins seyyar saticilar, kayik gezisi yapan turistler icin kayikli saticilar, olu yakicilar, olu yakilirken para karsiligi sure basina para alan duacilar, olunun sonuna kadar yandigini (para karsiligi) kontrol ediciler, olu yakarken kotu kokmasin diye tozlar ve bezler satan dukkan sahipleri ve daha daha seyyar saticilar ile karsilasmamak imkansiz. Bir diger imkansiz sey ise daracik sokaklarda hayvan bokuna basmadan yurumek. Continue reading Hindistan ve Din