• Titled “ The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”, the 2nd istanbul Design Biennial is seeking to answer the question, “What is the future now?”  A total of 53 projects in areas like...
  • One of the most important sporting events staged in Turkey, the 36th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, which includes Turkish Airlines among its sponsors, started on November 16 from the...

DESTINATION

  • Life Is Good In Isparta

    Life Is Good In Isparta

    We could have gone to Isparta in May and joined the rose-pickers, but unfortunately we missed the season. Vestiges of Ottoman times loom before us in this city where we stroll around going gaga over the carpets and rose products for which the area is famous: Firdevs Paşa Mosque, one of the city’s oldest, Kutlubey Mosque, built in 1429 and...

CULTURE

  • The Baroque Side Of Istanbul

    The Baroque Side Of Istanbul

    Even an imperfect pearl is a precious stone with highlights and shadows. The Baroque is a bit like that. Slightly more slender minarets, slightly more curving tendrils in the decorations, colorful stained glass windows, chiaroscuro frescoes in place of tiles… It is in the architectural monuments themselves that we can read the relations...
  • New Show From İpek

    New Show From İpek

      Featured in the show, at Galeri İdil in Nişantaşı from December 11 through January 17 are the artist’s most recent works in the style of Expressionism. İpek, in whose canvases we see traces of the traditional-academic approach characteristic of Balkan painting, depicts scenes from his travels as well as women flower sellers in...

PEOPLE

  • Wedding Night In Konya

    Wedding Night In Konya

    What events will be part of the “Night of Reunion” ceremonies this year?As well as the whirling dervish rituals, visitors who come to Konya as guests of Mevlâna will again have a chance to attend a number of artistic, cultural and scholarly events: national and international symposia, panel discussions, lectures, Mathnavi readings, and...
  • Drogba vs. Messi: The Big Scramble For Epic Food

    Drogba vs. Messi: The Big Scramble For Epic Food

    The best airline in Europe, Turkish Airlines strives to be the best not just in products and services but in every area of the business. One of those areas is advertising. The airline in recent years has worked with some of the biggest names in sports, like Caroline Wozniacki, Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant. Its 2013 advertising film, Kobe vs...
  • Getting Pleasure Out Of Life

    Getting Pleasure Out Of Life

    You have said that a life can be dedicated to an idea. To what idea have you dedicated your life?My purpose in this life is to help alleviate, even to a small degree, suffering from any one of man's major health problems. That is my highest goal. More specifically, I want to leave behind some contribution towards treatment for metabolic...

CUISINE

  • The Taste of Pastırma...

    The Taste of Pastırma...

    One of mankind’s earliest techniques for preserving meat, salting and drying is encountered in all the culinary cultures of the world today. But the process is slightly different in Turkey: as it begins to dry, the meat is coated in a paste of finely ground spices called çemen to produce the legendary taste of pastırma. Pastırma is...
  • Mushrooms Have a Special Place

    Mushrooms Have a Special Place

    Mushrooms significantly enhance the flavor of food because of the glutamic acid they contain. Rich in minerals like phosphorus, calcium and potassium, they also contain the B complex vitamins. Mushrooms should be consumed fresh to preserve their nutritional value, roughly half of which is lost within four days of their being picked. To preserve...

FROM THE MAGAZINE

  • Curiosity Is As Important As Intelligence

    Curiosity Is As Important As Intelligence

    There seems to be wide support for the idea that we are living in an “age of complexity”, which implies that the world has never been more intricate. This idea is based on the rapid pace of technological changes, and the vast amount of information that we are generating (the two are related). Yet consider that philosophers like Leibniz (17th...
  • A Speech Is Not An Essay

    A Speech Is Not An Essay

    Reading an essay to an audience can bore them to tears. I recently attended a conference where a brilliant man was speaking on a topic about which he was one of the world’s experts. Unfortunately, what he delivered was not a speech but an essay. This renowned academic had mastered the written form but mistakenly presumed that the same style...
  • Get Your Brain Unstuck

    Get Your Brain Unstuck

    Your wife calls, asking if she should wait up. “Leaving any minute,” you tell her, staring up at an empty screen. You haven’t produced anything substantive for hours. Yet for reasons you can’t understand, it’s been impossible to walk away. Even now, the answer seems so close. If your work involves creative thinking, you are bound...