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India or Pakistan, they ask you as you are bargaining in the Grand and Spice Bazaars. When I say India, they say, ‘Ah, Hindoostan? I love you’...

Istanbul Diary
Istanbul Diary
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That Bosphorescence

When I arrived in Istanbul on a Friday, expecting it to be a public holiday, and found no lull in its everyday activities, I realised how Turkey was not the usual Islamic country. Later, when I asked an educated and well-travelled Turkish man whether he felt inclined to visit a mosque on a Friday or even a Sunday, he said he visited mosques only occasionally, and that too on special days like Ramadan.

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