September 01, 2010

getting to know the area

i ordered these books online;
In the name of Honor: A Memoir by Mukhtar Mai
Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence by Jan Goodwin

and i got the following books as PDf:s, should be an interesting read.
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
Ed Husain's The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left

the turks then;

towards the end this article by Claire Berlinski gets very political, but the first chapters describe turks very well. what is truth? it depends where u are in the world. round here... "If it feels true, it is true."

"The Turks, as everyone knows, are insane and deceitful. I say this affectionately. I live in Turkey. On good days, I love Turkey. But I have long since learned that its people are apt to go berserk on you for no reason whatsoever, and you just can’t trust a word they say."

and as Claire's friend puts it “It’s not that they’re bad. They don’t even know they’re lying.”. this is absolutely true.

and Turkish diplomat Namik Tan said; “that in this region, two plus two doesn’t always equal four. Sometimes it equals six, sometimes ten. You cannot hope to understand this region unless you grasp this.”

a little while ago i had a situation in which the finnish me was in a hard spot. i had agreed to something, it was kind of official - meaning not with a friend, and i didn't know how to back off from it once i realized i didnt feel like it at the last moment. i couldnt just say flat out why. i realize turks lie, its normal and everyone does it, yet i had hard time coming up with a typical lie. its not that im a saint and never lie, but perhaps finnish lies are more subtle, rely on avoiding or something else, im not quite sure what the difference is. what i did was i asked the help of the doctor, i asked him to give me a lie i could use. he gave several. they were all fantastic, something i couldve never come up with. but unlike a turk, i carry a guilt for lying like that. i should get over it.

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