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A love song of Ottoman period

Üsküdara Gideriken (When Going to Üsküdar) – A love song of Ottoman period

This is a Turkish folk song about the love between a man & a woman from Ottoman era. Our guide in Istanbul Yeliz Bolsoy was describing this story and told that it has a song too. When requested, Yeliz was kind enough to sing it for me. The bonus was that she translated the song in English !

The story goes like this.
Most of the rich women in Ottoman period had male secretaries and

Flamenco dancers on video

I hope you’ve read my article on Flamenco dancing. If not, please do so to understand the intricacies before you watch the video.

Flamenco is a traditional dance form of Spain. A genre of Spanish music, song, and dance from Andalusia in southern Spain, Flamenco dance is an expressive Spanish dance characterized by four elements namely, cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps) to portray emotion to an audience.
It started with just the singing, along with hand clapping. Later the Spanish flamenco guitar was added. The movements also have traces of Indian Kathak dance steps form.

Here is an short version of video I shot during the performance.

Another video involving

Street performer in Spain

Street performer in Spain
This was in Segovia. We were entering the Alcázar of Segovia, literally, Segovia Castle… a stone fortification. He was at the gate singing soulful heart rending songs. His voice had emotions.
A stool, an amp, a mic, a guitar and an opened guitar case with some notes & coins in it. His possessions could be counted on one hand. But his real possession was his voice.

He asked where we are from.
“India”.
Oh, I have been to Goa. It’s a lovely place.”
I thanked and smiled. And wondered how many street artists in India knew about his country! Time to bridge the gap. 🙂

Below is a short video of his beautiful singing.

I loved the way he

Video of Shoh – a dice game of Sikkim

If you are following me on Twitter, you’d have known that we had stopped at a small place called Sevok in West Bengal to satiate our hungry stomachs.

There, a little far from our table, we saw a group of locals playing this game. The group was making some sounds which made us curious. Language barrier and lack of time played against us in understanding the game.
Later when I came back, I searched on the net but could not find any information. I have already written here whatever I could gather from them, including the name and its spelling.
They did not tell me about wooden bowl or leather plate. It was me who looked at those things curiously and found out. 🙂

Here is a small video of this game.

Next time

Street Performers at Circular Quay

Before I start telling you the details of Aurangabad trip or show you more photos, I take you to Sydney in Australia.

Here is a video shot on the streets of Sydney near Circular Quay, one of my favourite places to spend time. Come weekend and like in any other tourist place in this world, the streets are full of activities.
A street performer was demonstrating his art of doing spray painting to earn a few bucks. And he took less than 4 minutes to do it.
Even before he completes his first work of this art, he gets enough orders to spend the whole evening.

While he completes his work within minutes, we spectators watch him

LRT train in Kuala Lumpur

LRT = Light Rail Transit (metro or local as you wish to call it)

Masjid Jamek is an interchange station in Kuala Lumpur where you change LRT trains to catch trains for other lines. (Indian examples are Dadar in Mumbai or Rajiv Chowk in Delhi).
Lost in my thoughts, I was waiting at the station to take a train on Ampang line to go to my hotel. It was raining off & on making me wonder what would I do once I reach my destination. My hotel was around 8-10 minutes walk from station and I wasn’t carrying anything to protect myself from rain.

Then I saw my train pulling up;