ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Turkish Delight

What was once the Ottoman empire, later made modern by Ataturk, founder and first president of the republic of Turkey, is a traveller’s find.


In late August 2013, armed with a Lonely Planet guide and bytes of Googled research, I headed for Turkey, along with my parents, my brother and his fiancee. All I knew about the country then was that Istanbul was formerly Constantinople, and Turkey boasted the Bosphorus where, if fervid Victorian imagination were to be believed, the sultan bumped off concubines he no longer fancied.

Thankfully, language wasn’t much of a problem. English worked fine and several local words were familiar – kebab, kitap, sharaab (which, in Turkish, is just wine and not the universally generic poison we Indians imbibe!) and iskender. Tickled with my lexical prowess, the Turkish friends I made were keen to understand the history, tradition and relations that bind our two countries.

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