In Istanbul

This city must be a cartographer’s delight. Istanbul is unlike any other city I’ve been to. Though it appears to have snatched tiny bits of other cities’ souls.

In Istanbul, I’ve become the tourist that I usually love to make a mockery of. My mouth is constantly open, my jaw perpetually falling, my desire to buy souvenirs and junk never ending. I am also wedded to my tourist guide book.

It’s a vast city, and the shopkeepers constantly call out to you. They try to make you halt by first asking if you’re Indian. And then rattling Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. (Sometimes even Indira Gandhi and Hema Malini).

There’s more to this city than these ancient parts. But for now, I am dazzled by them.

(in a different post I may talk about the dazzlement caused by the amazing visit to a Turkish bath).

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13 Responses to In Istanbul

  1. Diya says:

    Write more. This is a teaser. I want to know more. Love, Diya


  2. aparna says:

    Lucky you. I love to travel but havent been to Istanbul yet. I am like a typical open-mouthed tourist everywhere. I love to shop for those tacky souvenirs too. Looking forward to that dazzling Turkish bath post.


  3. Arunk says:

    > And then rattling Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. (Sometimes even Indira
    > Gandhi and Hema Malini)
    Funny. I experienced something similar with an Ethiopian Cab driver even in Philadelphia – once he knew we were Indian, he wanted to talk about Bollywood (i was of course continually surprised by the reach of out film industry – be it Bollywood, or even Kollywood).

    I wonder if this is because they think all Indians would warm up to any talk about their film stars , or that that is the one thing they think we could relate to. I would think the later. But then I wonder if in the streets of the cities in Indian, our street-wallahs shout out “Tom Cruise”, “Brad Pritt”, “Angelina Jolie” to an American tourist 🙂



  4. km says:

    Jealous. Intensely jealous.

    //No mention of Turkish towels?


  5. Praveen says:

    u must do another detail post Neha! 🙂


  6. Rezwan says:

    Don’t get too carried away with those friendly calls. They are for a purpose. I have been fulled and robbed in Istanbul. So use your instincts.


  7. Damn! Damn! Damn!

    Everybody but me gets to go to Istanbul! Why must tickets be so expensive from this part of the world? 😦

    I envy you, Neha.

    PS: Please to be noting new blog URL and kindly to be updating blogroll. Thanking very much.


  8. Prasoon says:

    From Tokyo to Dallas to Monterrey in mexico, whilst I have been to these places – Instanbul never crossed my mind. Sigh, there is a lot that I have to go to!!


  9. Esra Aksu says:

    Which Turkish bath did u end up going ? There is a famous one called cagaloglu hamam 🙂


  10. Szerlem says:

    I’m guessing Cemberlitas.

    Istanbul tales are hugely jealousy inducing.


  11. kedar says:

    hey, who’s a cartographer?


  12. Rahul says:

    And then rattling Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. (Sometimes even Indira Gandhi and Hema Malini).

    Bleddy turks not respecting vonly sooperstar rajinikanth.


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