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!

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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