Exuberant read: ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’


Bold, vivacious and unexpected! 

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Elif Shafak, the Turkish famous novelist commonly known as the writer of ‘Forty Rules Of Love’ has again impressed her fans and avid readers with her bold work ‘The Bastard Of Istanbul’.

Briefly, the novel is swarming with a number of distinctive and extraordinary characters; each has a peculiar style to deliver dialogues. The story revolves around a Turkish girl named Asya Kazanchi and Armanoush, an Armenian-American girl, who visits Istanbul to unfold the issues ,happened earlier in 1915, against Armenians by the Turks.

The contrasting novel is a complex swirl that discusses the life of great-grandmother, who is still alive and fighting against Alzheimer’s disease; a grandmother who is angry and loud; her four completely different daughters and one son and her great-granddaughter.

To my interest, ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’ has aroused my interest and desire to visit Istanbul one day in my life. Elif Shafak has beautifully opened up the mesmerizing city in her book and it’s glittering tales of every day will make you fall in love with the city and the Turkish cuisines (Shafak has also revealed the recipe of famous Turkish dessert ‘ashure’ in the book).

The book also draws attention toward amazing quotes or the articles (as mentioned in the book); each article delivers a message which is motivating and inspiring for the readers.

Many of you might have read Shafak’s book and it’s unique story, but I found these articles impactful and poignant. Although, every article is striking, but I picked few notes to pertain to the individual’s life.

Article one – If you cannot find the reason to love the life you are living, do not pretend to love the life you are living.

Article two -The overwhelming majority of people never think and those who think never become the overwhelming majority, Choose your side.

Article three – If you cannot choose, then just exit; be a mushroom or a plant.

Article four – If you have no interest in their answers, then do not ask questions.

Article five – If you have no reason or ability to accomplish anything, then just practice the art of becoming.

Article six – If you have no reason or ability to practice the art of becoming, then just be.

Article seven – If you have no reason or ability to be, then just endure.

(All the above articles are taken from the book ‘The Bastard Of Istanbul’, written by Elif Shafak)

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Favorite book from favorite author


I just finished “And the Mountains Echoed”.
Another master piece by Khaled Hosseni, who is an Afghan-American writer and it is his third book after Kite Runner and The thousand Splendid Suns.
The book has gained much popularity in short span of time, this is a superstar storyteller and Khaled once again proved his spectacular writing skills in the novel. I say it with no doubts.
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“And the Mountains Echoed” begins with a fable that a father, named Saboor, tells his children Abdullah and Pari. In the story, the gaint takes away children of the village and disappears. The residing farmer of the village forced to sacrifice their one favorite child to div, but the farmer tracked div and found his child in happy mode in a garden with happy faces. The farmer decided to leave after seeing his child in a better environment and as a gesture of kindness, the giant gave him some portion of land, which will make him forget his son and that will overcome his poverty.
Khaled Hosseni has connected this story tale with family of Saboor from Shahdabagh village. The book is about inseparable love between Pari and Abdullah, the bond between siblings is pure and filled with emotion, tenderness and affection. The story is how the relation of Pari and Abdullah gets disconnected for many years, how their family suffers, how their lives move from countries to countries and how their other family connections reunite their relation at the end. It is beautiful simple story that captures the essence of the readers. One always becomes curious to know what happen next with Pari and Abdullah. There is involvement of many other characters, which are interesting and has a connection with each other. It has many words from French. To be honest, I found some of the parts of book little confusing but over all this is an amazing story, not to be missed out from your collection of favorite books.

The book has some letters from Pari’s uncle,Nabi to Pari, which tells another interesting story. I really find them engaging as it reveals the story that happened years back. As a storyteller, he draws attention toward every character in detail and comes up with truth about human experience.
I suggest all my followers to read the book and I assure you will definitely love it.