Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A man after my own thesis

Dileep Padgaonkar in conversation with Orhan Pamuk, sums up the latter's political predicament: 'He is sceptical of the secular, westernised elite for, in his view, its relentless hostility to religion has steadily deprived it of a spiritual core, a vacuum Islamists have sought to fill with increasing success. But he has no patience for the latter either since they seek to cast a spell on ordinary people with their anti-modern, indeed reactionary, religious rigidity.'

Oh, and he liked Crawford Market, partly because he'd read a description of it in The Moor's Last Sigh and partly because it reminded him of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul!

Comments:
crawford market didn't remind me of the kapalıçarşı....maybe the balık pazarı or other istanbul markets, though.

(and see, all things coming together and cross-fertilizing: bollywood films remembered in the istanbul of pamuk's childhood; bhangra-turkpop remixes blaring on istiklal caddesi today. so much for simplistic notions of globalization-cum-cultural imperialism!)
 
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