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 Last night i managed to go to a bookstore after a long time to check what is new and what has changed on the shelves! And surprisingly i came across with the English version of Elif Shafak’s last book “Aşk” under the title “40 Rules of Love”.

Reading its Turkish version and adoring the book itself, it immediately caught my attention and i gave myself some time to sit and view some passages from the book. And at first glance (as i am not able to go into a much detailed reading) it seems the English version also has the capacity to give the same delight to the readers or even more!

By the way, i should say that i love the book cover with its oriental motifs…

Here is the link of an online newspaper where you can find an interview with Shafak regarding the book.

Have a nice read!

H

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Hello everybody! For your information, this entry is wholly reserved for my awards which have been waiting for me for a long time to be taken up! i am honoured by one of my blog friends (thanks Sree) to share these awards with you 🙂

Our first award is Star Award. We are all stars on our pages, aren’t we?? 😀

And the best thing is you have no condition/requirement to receieve it except passing it to your own blogroll. Here i am not going to mention specific names in my blogroll. Just anyone to comment here can simply feel like a star hence deserving the award itself 🙂

As for the second one, it is “Happy Award”. I liked this one a lot as i always thought blogging is in a way is to make yourself and the others happy by your thoughts and by rendering your thoughts (i am ignoring the negative blogging style here).

Here is the conditions for this one:

– Link the person who awarded you.

– List 10 things making you happy.

– Pass this award to 10 happy bloggers.

– And lastly notify these bloggers about the award waiting for them.

Ok..now i will violate some of the rules, as i don’t have a long list of blogs in my blogroll and i am in touch with only some of them on a regular basis, hence it is tough for me to pick and inform 10 happy bloggers. But hey i think you are all happy out there, aren’t you?? Then don’t wait, pick it up! 😀

Let me be fair enough at least to list 10 things making me happy:

  1. Simply watching bollywood!
  2. To find out that the food is ready and the table is all set when i come home after office (that is usually a dream) since i am the earliest person reaching home).
  3. When i get new books to decorate my bookshelves.
  4. A surprise gift given to me out of blue.
  5. Long mails/letters received from far-away friends.
  6. Non-interrupted sleep in the middle of the week.
  7. When i am able to finish more than one book within a month (since i am lack of time lately).
  8. When i have the chance to leave the office earlier than usual time.
  9. When i get new clothes and cosmetics (i am a girl too and that’s natural, isn’t it?).
  10. When i eat my favourite dishes cooked by my mom!

The list is too long with tiny miny things making me happy but i have to stop here…Enjoy the awards…

H

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Pinhan” dedi Dürrü Baba. Sesi yaprak kımıldatmayan saba rüzgarı gibi doldu odanın içine. “Pinhan!” dedi çocuk üst üste üç kere. İlk kez bu ismi söylerken farkında olmadan el çırptı; omuzları sevinçle oynadı; yüzünde gonca güller açtı. İkinci kez söylerken duruldu, az evvelki taşkınlığından utandı. Üçünkü kez söylerken, ateş bastı dilini, damağını; dudaklarında buruk bir tat kaldı. Beti benzi kül kesildi. O zaman Dürri Baba, kollarını iki yana açıp, olan biteni izleyen dervişlere doğru dönerek, “Nicedir adını bekler dururdu. Velhasıl adı da onu. İşte bugün kavuştular birbilerine. Adı Pinhan olsun bundan böyle” dedi.

Ve bu şekilde akıp gidiyor kapak yazısı siyah bir fon üzerinde…mistik kokular saça saça. 1998 Mevlana Büyük Ödülünü alan Pinhan, Elif Şafak’ın ilk kitabıdır. Bir başlangıçtır. Şu günlerde etrafı kasıp kavuran “Aşk” gibi romanlarının temellerinin atıldığı sağlam bir zemindir Pinhan.

Elif Şafak’ın kitaplarında bir adam, bir kadın, bir olay, bir zaman, bir yer ve bunlara bağlı giriş, gelişme, sonuç aramak yersizdir. Çünkü kahramanlar birden fazladır ve her biri daha kahraman olmak için savaşır. Olaylar içiçe geçmiştir, birini diğerinden ayırırsanız yarım kalır bir yanınız. Zaman esnektir, geniştir, düz bir çizgide akıp gitmez hiçbir zaman. Sandığınız yer olduğunuz yer değildir, yer kavramı somutluğunu yitirir çoğu zaman. Ve kimi zaman bizim son diye addettiklerimizden Şafak büyük bir başlangıç yaratır. İşte böyle bir roman Pinhan. Bir dervişin derin mavi gözlerinin koca bir dünyaya bedel olduğunun, bir elma vesilesiyle başlayan bir tekke hayatının, hem fiziksel hem de ruhsal açıdan kendini bulmaya çalışan Pinhan’ın, ayrılıklar (farklılıklar, zıtlıklar) arasında bir bütünlük sağlamaya çalışan mahalle sakinlerinin, tasavvufun, gerçekliğin, gerçek olmayanın hikayesidir Pinhan. Elif Şafak kitaplarında izler bırakır bizlere, ipuçları sergiler sayfalar arasında, böylece adı yer almasa dahi bu kesin Elif Şafak romanı dedirtir bize.

İşte bu romanında da Mevlana’dan, Ömer Hayyam’dan yaptığı alıntılar, birbirinden farklı, güçlü ve bir o kadar da sıradışı karakterleri, hemen hemen bahsi geçen her bir kişinin ve meydana gelen her bir olayın er ya da geç birbirine bağlanması Şafak’ın parmak izleridir sayfalarda bıraktığı. Sonuç olarak, ben bu kitabı okurken çok keyif aldım. Zaman zaman kayboldum kitabın içinde, nerede olduğumu kestiremedim. Zaman zaman onlardan biri oldum akıp gittim her bir satırla birlikte. Özellikle Elif Şafak’ın tarzını seven, biraz da mistik öğelere, somutun soyutlandığı kitaplara meraklı olan herkese tavsiye edebileceğim bir kitap Pinhan.

Keyifli okumalar dilerim.

H

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I decided to make some changes in the way of my blogging, preferring to appeal to both Turkish and English readers, hence today i just introduced the first entry in Turkish which is a book review. I won’t go for the word for word translation; instead i will give a short summary what has been talked above.

Accordingly, in this entry i reviewed a book by one of my favourite Turkish writers Elif Shafak. The book “Pinhan” is her first book getting the Mevlana award for her. I consider this book as a baseline where she laid the foundation for her newly released and quite popular books such as “Aşk”.

In her books you cannot find only one hero, heroine or villain because everyone strives to be more hero or to be more villain, or you can’t easily decide which event is more significant, or you can’t simply determine  the main place and the time of the book, hence it is hard to find  a routine introduction, development and a finalization part, since Shafak likes to deduce new starts from the ends thus all these items (and many more) are just interwoven. And Pinhan is one of these books.

It is mainly about a person named Pinhan who enters a lodge to discover himself both physically and spiritually, then the chain of events starts. We are given the chance to closely observe the lives of lodge and dervish, to witness spiritual journeys within a self, we are introduced to a whole city where the citizens think that they are punished by God as some misbehaved among them, we are made to taste both the eartly and the heavenly love. We see the bad in good and the good in bad simply.

Main feature of the book is the diversifications and varieties within a whole maintained throughout the whole story as it is clear that Shafak likes to escape from standardizations. The book also carries the traces of sufism and has the footprints of Mevlana which are the main hints for Shafak literary style.

In short, Pinhan is quite an absorbing one where you can easily lose yourself and when you find out yourself again, you realize how far you take a step.

Have a nice read.

H

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I am lucky that i was able to see this long-waited movie in such a short time after it met with the wide screens. As i always repeated, Turkey is a country where bollywood cinema has no place for the time being, yet there are some struggles (as far as i observed on some groups on FB) to bring Bollywood into Turkey. For now net is our one and only source it seems or if we are luckier we can find some DVDs of some hindi movies produced by American corporations.

Too much for an intro?! Let’s talk about the movie. What is there to love “My Name is Khan”?

  1. Leading cast comprises of SRK and Kajol as a couple after years , and that is already charming on itself.
  2. It is a newly released SRK movie after a long break (no he didn’t give any break but it was too long for me to wait).
  3. It has such a variety sheltering under its roof such as Hindi-Muslim clash, the attitude of USA towards Desi people, a general outlook about the patients of Asperger’s syndrome and a love story (as sine qua non).

These are the main points simply to catch the attention of the audience, but if it was just a plain love story occuring between SRK and Kajol, i would absolutely be watching it with the same level of hunger 🙂

While i was talking about (may be exaggerating) the movie with all its good sides at one hand, there were some other people at the other hand who disliked it, even finding some part of it quite boring. Let me say i never felt bored at any scene/part, i watched the whole movie without a break questioning in my mind what was next. But of course this can’t be an objective statement, can it? Better way is, watch the movie yourself and make your own judgement.

In short, i loved the whole package (including the cast, plot, and the soundtrack). So my rate is 10/5 😀

Love,

Choti

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