Shalimar The Clown, Salman Rushdie

As we reached the end, satisfied, having sated our (intellectual and culinary) hunger, I felt a little uneasy because the whole night we had been discussing India and Pakistan and on the next table were an expat couple (their timidity signaling a preliminary stage of their dating) one American born Indian (an ABCD) the other asian/oriental. If they end up reading this post I’d like to apologise to them, but they can rest assured that we had the best intentions in the world. And I do not mean it as in the proverb which seems to sum up one of the morals of Shalimar The Clown, “the road to hell is paved with the cobblestones of best intentions”. Continue reading Shalimar The Clown, Salman Rushdie

Literature Meme, Midnight’s Children

I discovered Midnight’s Children in a bookstore in Mumbai eight and a half years ago and was more than pleasantly surprised as soon as I began reading it on the train from Agra to Delhi. Back then, my knowledge of Rushdie was limited to the controversy after the fatwa and I must say I am quite angry with the whole cacophony that has shrouded the beauty of his writing. Continue reading Literature Meme, Midnight’s Children


I’m an Istanbul based blogger mostly writing about my travels, books I read and everything else. Click here for my posts in English. İstanbul’da oturuyorum. Gezi yazıları ve kitaplar dışında ilgimi çekenler hakkında yazılarımı burada topladım. Sitenin şarap ile alakası çok azdır. Books I like / Sevdiğim Kitaplar Labyrinths (Labirentler), Jorge Luis Borges Trainspotting (Trainspotting), Irvine Welsh İnce Memed, Yaşar Kemal Benim Adım Kırmızı (My Name is Red), Orhan Pamuk Brave New World (Cesur Yeni Dünya), Aldous Huxley Lord of the Flies (Sineklerin Tanrısı), William Golding Das Parfum (Koku), Patrick Süskind Midnight’s Children (Geceyarısı Çocukları), Salman Rushdie Lolita, Vladimir Continue reading Hakkımda/About