15-19 October, 2008/ Today’s Culture (A Special Supplement By Today’s Daily News The Frankfurt Book Fair)
Elif Şafak, a prominent Turkish novelist, spoke to Today’s Culture about her 15-year journey of writing, what literature means to her, where she sees herself in Turkish literature and what feeds her writing. In her first interview since giving birth to her second child, she announced that a new novel was on the way.
Elif Şafak: Literature is a love, and, like every love, it is irrational.
I guess you aren’t going through postpartum depression this time like you experienced after your first pregnancy. Can you write?
I haven’t experienced similar problems this time. Both the pregnancy and the post-pregnancy period have been much easier, calmer, softer and more peaceful this time. I think writing “Siyah Süt” [”Black Milk,” her last book] has a great role in this. That book healed me. “Siyah Süt” tackles postpartum depression, but it does this with humor. Writing the book had a positive impact on me. And I have had many readers tell me that reading the book had a similar impact on their lives. As a writer, this makes me happy.
Halil Karaduman, one of the world’s leading “kanuni” (those who play kanun, or Turkish zither), is known as a fabulous musician of unlimited talents who uses the kanun in a very dynamic way and with a great deal of ability.Having played kanun for decades, the wide range of music he makes has inspired many young kanun players to imitate him and has made the kanun an indispensable instrument in Turkish music and one of the most desired instruments in world music. Sunday’s Zaman interviewed Karaduman, a kanun-playing genius.
November 23, 2008, Sunday / Published at Today’s Daily News
The kanun, an oriental zither, is a music instrument unique to Turkish music and is painstakingly difficult to manufacture as it requires long labor and great expertise, says a veteran kanun-maker. Kenan Özten, one of the finest kanun-makers alive, explained to Sunday’s Zaman that “while the kanun has been a traditional musical instrument in Turkey, we have started to see a great interest lately especially among our youth.”What makes the kanun unique, he said, is the instrument is strung with nylon strings in contrast to a similar instrument that is played in the Alpine countries. Interestingly the bridge does not stand on a wooden soundboard but on a parchment (drum skin), similar to the banjo. This results in a characteristic tone.
November 27, 2008, Thursday/Published at Today’s Daily News
Specialists from Turkey and around the world will gather today at İstanbul’s Swissotel The Bosphorus for the first International Gold Summit, organized by Active Academy, to discuss the latest developments and future expectations of the Turkish precious metals sector.
Though the summit will attract all facets of Turkey’s precious metals sector, Today’s Zaman talked to İstanbul Gold Exchange (İAB) Deputy Chairman Osman Saraç about the current situation of the Turkish gold and jewelry sector.
November 10, 2008, Monday/ Published at Today’s Daily News
While the global financial crisis and the rise of the value of the dollar are taking their toll on the non-financial economy, tourism — one of the cornerstones of the Turkish economy — had a productive season in 2008, attracting 21.5 million tourists in the first nine months of the year — a 13.3 percent increase over the same period of the previous year — according to data from the Security Directorate.
October 09, 2008, Thursday/ Published at Today’s Daily News
The Arkitera Architecture Center, which has been working since 2000 for the development and construction of high-quality architecture in Turkey, is preparing to host an event named ArkiPARC 2008 in İstanbul between Oct. 15 and 17. Around 25 to 30 speakers will attend the event, which will take place at the Military Museum and Cultural Complex in İstanbul’s Harbiye neighborhood, with the theme of “Dialogue for Urban Quality.”
September 10, 2008, Wednesday/ Published at Today’s Daily News
Furniture and household product retail chain IKEA is continuing to expand in the Turkish market and is hoping to open a branch in Bursa in November, the company said yesterday.
IKEA Turkey released its 2009 catalog to the public during a press briefing yesterday at IKEA’s Bayrampaşa store. The catalogue, constituting an invitation to consumers, contains 3,250 products. Distribution will begin on Sept. 11 in İstanbul, İzmir and Bursa, and the catalogues will be free of charge. The 2009 Ikea catalogue features the campaign slogan “Your home will reflect your lifestyle.”
September 15, 2008, Monday/Published at Today’s Daily News
Defne Data Processing, a solutions provider for telecom operators in many countries, including Turkey, has signed a new project with Media Phone Plus, Kuwait’s leading mobile entertainment services company. The project, called “Value-Added Service Platform,” which is planned to be an entertainment service for landline and mobile networks, will be put into operation in many Middle East countries in addition to Kuwait beginning in October 2008. Competitions, polls and chat rooms are some of the planned services.
Defne Data Processing General Manager Oğuz Haliloğlu said: “Entertainment services are in high demand from consumers, and they increase revenue for mobile operators. … As such, the diversification of services plays an important role in promoting brand names and contributes greatly to operator revenues.”
Defne has planned various projects in more than 15 countries in addition to Turkey. “Since the competition is getting very fierce among operators, value-added services provide an edge for mobile operators,” Haliloğlu said. According to Haliloğlu, the importance of value-added services will increase much more when third-generation networks and virtual operators take a place in our lives. He says, “Video feed call center services, mobile TV and interactive commercials are among the value-added services that will be available with the third-generation networks.”