Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Taste of Istanbul

Donair kebab & hungry cat. Istanbul, Turkey. Historically donair kebabs were used to be horizontally placed over fire. But nowadays they are vertically placed and slowly cooked.

There are so many stray cats and dogs on the streets of Istanbul. Compared to Tehran, cats are less scared of people in Istanbul.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Nagar Kirtan: Parade of the Sikh Community in Edmonton

According to the Sikh Encyclopedia "The word "Nagar" means "town or neighbourhood," and "Kirtan" is a term describing the singing of Shabads (divine hymns). The term refers to the possession of Sikh Sangat (Congregation) through the town singing holy hymns".

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Bazaar in an Ancient City - Kermanshah

The colorful traditional market place of Kermanshah in western Iran. This place is known to outsiders and some residents as "The Kurdish Bazaar". You can find many things including but not limited to Kurdish traditional clothing, fabrics and ornaments, handmade leather hunting equipment, carpets, spices, and even Boswellia resin that is a traditional natural chewing gum. The current building of this market place is around 200 years old but the market itself is way older. This city according to wikipedia was "one of the cradles of prehistoric cultures such as Neolithic villages" dating back to 10,000 years ago.

A bazaar is a market: and originates from the Middle Persian word Vāzār; a permanent enclosed merchandising area, marketplace, or street of shops where goods and services are exchanged or sold. Souq is another word used in the Middle East for an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter. -- Wikipedia.