Constantinople’s Beautiful Days During Multilingual Empire

A photo of Istanbul from the last days of Ottoman Empire. A bakery shop in Ortakoy. Name of the shop is written in 6 languages: Turkish, Armenian, Greek, English, Russian, and Hebrew….

It depicts the multilingual face of the Empire. Contrary to Turkey’s one-language-dictation, it shows there was a language freedom during Ottomans.


Sadly, most of Ottoman Empire fans in Turkey are severely anti-minority languages. A sign in Kurdish or Laz language may cause a big problem. Shop owner needs to struggle with both laws and public reactions. Even though recent reforms allow more freedom, public pressure, which is called mahalle baskisi (neighborhood pressure) becomes more suffocating.

Yar-e-Dabestani e-man (My Classmate) – Iranian Song

Yar-e Dabestaniye Man (“My Classmate” in Persian) first performed in the mid 1970s and became popular with the anti-Shah students in the colleges and universities in Iran. It is known to be Fereydoun Foroghi’s song. Ironically, this song like many other anti-shah songs later was revived against the Islamic regime by the anti-Islamic revolutionary student. I heard it many times during demonstrations of pro-reformists’ in 2004.



Coup D’état Diary

FB_IMG_1470618074956Sorry, recently I have neglected the blog too much. There is the backlog of thousand matters to talk about. Let them stay in the pocket for future posts, but take the most breathtaking topic:  D’état Coup Attempt in Turkey, in my beloved country.

Since last few weeks many of my colleagues from different countries called me to ask about me and my family. They watched news about Turkey, they were worried.  Their words were full of pity.

Do you know how it feels when people worry about your country?

Living abroad loads you whole the burden of news about your own country in the global media.

Is Turkey safe now?

We want to travel Tukey, but we heard there is ISIS…

Turkey is a very beautiful country. Your foods are very delicious. What was its name? Kebab? Yes, yes kebab!

Not only my friends but also people I encounter in supermarket or coiffeur asked me about happenings in Turkey. Thanks to them I did learn that the word in Korean referring to coup is kuteta  (쿠데타), which looks to be a loan word from French.

Turn back to coup day.

Only A few hours before the coup attempt I had a flight from Istanbul to Seoul. After 10 hours of flying, I arrived my home in Seoul. I wanted to take a short nap, but my phone didn’t let me sleep with notification raids. When I checked my smart phone there were hundreds of messages mostly from Whatsapp groups. What I found out was something of a surprise.  People were talking about an abnormal thing. Turkey had turned into chaos…

During next hours I did follow the happenings second by second from TV broadcastings. Turkey was being hijacked by an evil cabal. It was like an action movie.

Do you know how it feels when you are watching your country is in fire, while you are thousands of miles away from it?

Coup attempt failed. With a great support ruling party brought about another victory.

Now on, the Ruling Party will be stronger as never been before. Nietzsche says; What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. 

We experienced that there would be thousands of people, company or institutions to denounce the coup if it fails.  As we experienced that they clapped army commanders in successfully carried out coups in 1950’s, 1960’s, 1980’s.

From a distance, I follow the escalating ferocity of Turkey’s political battles. You may blame me to be a passive bystander. I don’t have any other choice but to do so. Because I know well that sometimes, politicians and interest groups welcome conflict in pursuit of a broader ideological goal. I don’t claim the coup attempt was a play, but I am sure it is welcomed by someone.

What do we do here; to blame… Blame the opponent to be a traitor, a hain… Compete in patriotism

Worn Out Internet Bookmarks

Yesterday, when I happened to check files in my portable disk, I came across some internet bookmarks which I used to follow 7-8 years ago. Most probably I did save them to that disk before reformatting my PC. I remember, I used to follow those pages regularly. That time, their contents ranged from news pages and social sites to blogs and forum pages.  Inside those web pages, today,

Some of them are still active, and they seems to have many followers as before

Some of them exist, but not updated since long time ago, today they looks like an archive,

And the others totally have been shut down.

In the Internet age (you may find another name for it; cyber world,  media world) changes are too fast. In a few years any product (or person, or webpage) that is popular becomes obsolete.  For instance, Mirc, Nokia…  The question for companies is whether they make one of their products (or webpage) obsolete or their competitors. If one of your competitors makes it, then your company will be in trouble. This is a common fear of popular companies, and it must be. In 1990’s Microsoft had that fear, and today Google needs to have it.

Anyhow… good music never becomes worn out. enjoy this beautiful Turkish cover:

City Lights and Charlie Chaplin’s Eyes

Urbex Seoul 4; Sculptures of Ali and Zahra in Korea

Ohhh sculptures of the two characters of one of my favorite Iranian movies, Children of Heaven!

And in Korea!

I don’t think it’s particularly brilliant but I love the movie. And, I never forget those 2 characters of the movie.

DSC_0012 (2)Place is the same as the one in the previous post, Ihwa Mural Village of Seoul.

It was a big surprise for me to see these sculptures in Seoul. If there is a fan of Iranian movies in Korea, please drop here a message. I really need you.

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How to go to Ihwa Mural Village:

Take Subway, Hyeahwa Station. Exit 2. Walk in direction of left side. You will see signs which will take you to the village.

For the Other Urbex Seoul Stories on Dogania: Here

Urbex Seoul 4; To find another city better than this one…

Ihwa Mural Village

From Ihwa Mural Village looking at Namsan Tower of Seoul.

A nice spot to quarrel with this city.

Soon I will write a post about Ihwa Mural Village on my website,

Keep following.

How to go to Ihwa Mural Village:

Take Subway, Hyeahwa Station. Exit 2. Walk in direction of left side. You will see signs which will take you to the village.

For the Other Urbex Seoul Stories on Dogania: Here

While I was on their planet 4

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Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul – South Korea

Rest of my days on the planet: here

Urbex Seoul 3; Waiting Sunrise Along the Han River

안녕 하세요 여러분! 제가 운동 하기를 시작 했어요. 매일 아침에 힌강에서 만날래? Han River, Seoul These days I am enjoying beautiful weather of Seoul by going down to Han River every morning before sunrise. During that time every thing is amazing, especially fascinating view of  river. Location; 200 meters from Hannam Station, between Hannam Bridge and Banpo Bridge.

Bani Adam (the Children of Adam) and One of Shaadi’s Bayts

“Humans (lit., ‘children of Adam’) are the limbs of one/the same body,
and are from the same essence in their creation.
When the conditions of the time hurt one of these parts,
other parts will suffer from discomfort/restlessness, as well.
If you are indifferent about the misery of others,
it is not deserving to call you a human being.”

– Shaadi Shirazi

Original of the bayt:

 بنى آدم اعضاء يک پیکرند
که در آفرينش ز يک گوهرند
چو عضوى بدرد آورد روزگارد
دگر عضوها را نماند قرار 


Photo: Kobani, Western Kurdistan. Aftermath of Isis’s Siege