Monthly Archives: July 2012

Monumental

Inspired as I am by my recent sojourn to Istanbul (I have repainted my room in ‘Turkish Tile’ – my delusions are my sanity), I was excited when a friend asked me to accompany him to the Lahore Fort Archives. … Continue reading

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Istantinople: Part 2

I’m having a hard time figuring out the Turks. And that’s fine. I suspect they have the same problem. Walking around in the old city (well, older – they measure time in millennia), I meander through little cramped streets that … Continue reading

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Istantinople Part 1

The first thing I saw when I arrived in Istanbul a few days ago was loud blond Tunisian women beating up a Turkish immigration officer at passport control. I could relate, having wanted many times to hurt the people behind … Continue reading

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Mortified

Many years ago, there was a very proper middle-aged English couple on holiday in Pakistan. One night they came over for dinner to our house. Both were in their early fifties; he had a beer belly and she wore a … Continue reading

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Some Like It Hot

Summer is here, and everyone in Lahore is like a walking pore. I keep trying to pull off the Lawrence of Arabia/white linen look but enough people have asked me why I dress like Govinda for it to be an … Continue reading

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