Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Room With A View

''The Land of Eternal Blue''
is Homer's description of Bodrum as seen below

Because, it has got one of the most beautiful bays in the world! One of the famous and largest holiday resorts on the coast. Center of tourism and yachting.

The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria civilization in ancient times.
South-western corner on the Aegean Sea, in Mugla province, Turkey. Bodrum has been the cradle of several civilizations including Persians, Macedonians, Roman Empire and Byzantines.

A Turkish writer, Cevat Sakir,
who also known as Halicarnassus fisherman said:
'' The heavenly bliss of life in Bodrum is better than
any eternal bliss that may await us ''

* Originally photographed by T. Hartevioglu


  1. That chair has my name on it. As the kids say "I call dibs!".

    What a lovely view of part of your country.


  2. aaah halicarnassos... in search for alexander...

  3. What a captivating blue! Cevat Sakir sounds like a Zen master enjoying the bliss of Bodrum in the HERE AND NOW.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. And tesekkurler for teaching me some Turkish. Interesting to know the Turkish name for India. We call it Bharat, and also Hindustan. You may already know that the name "hindu" came from the river Indus (Indian name Sindhu). But the Persians called it "hindu". So that is the word we have now. A Hindu is a person following Hinduism (although there was no such name in Indian languages but that is another discussion.) On the other hand "Hindi" is the name of the language spoken mostly in North India and it is also the national language of India. It is interesting to know about Grand Bazaar. You mean you can get stuff like in my pic in Indian shops there? Or you mean Turkish shops?

    BTW, Princess Esra was in news again here for commissioning a large amount to renovate their palace here. In the news it said that she is former Miss Turkey. She was the wife of the eighth Nizam of Hyderabad. The website of the palace is

    BTW, may I ask what foreign language do you teach? Since you are interested in automotives, you may find this interesting - that a company called TATA originally announced that they will make a small car in India for USD 2500. This is so that the common man in India can buy a car. (It is a bad idea for India now because of lack of space and high fuel costs, but that is another issue.) Recently, Nissan announced that they also plan to build a USD 2500 car here. They even plan to sell it in the USA for around USD 5000!

  4. @ Hyderabad: Thanks for your nice comment. Regarding your questions, let me see now...

    1)Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is one of the largest ''covered'' markets in the world with 4,000 shops and ~ 250,000-400,000 visitors daily. They are mostly Turkish shops, but they also sell many imported items from many countries such as India, China, Russia, Egypt, Europe, even Africa... as well as items made-in-Turkey. When I go to there, I see many Indian stuff in the shops like lightenings, hand-made textiles like bed-covers, pillows, authentic women dresses etc. All are so fancy and interesting!

    2)I teach Japanese, Turkish and English. A part-time work.

    3) I follow up that India automotive industry has begun an ambitious development programme, which it hopes will make it a global production hub by 2016. Automakers are keen to tap the potential of India’s growing auto market. The country will move from being the 12th largest producer of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to the fourth-largest by 2016, according to automotive research worldwide. Did you know India is the world’s fastest-growing automotive market in those categories, with an annual growth rate of 14 per cent compared with 9 per cent in China! Yes, ramping up in India would also bolster Nissan’s slowing sales of cars and trucks in Japan. Not only Nissan, but also for Renault's entry into India to meet ambitious sales targets and diversify from Europe’s saturated market which accounts for a majority of the French automaker’s sales. This summer Renault agreed to jointly assess with the production of ''very competitive vehicles'' in India. Renault you know already has a joint venture with Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra, which launched the Logan sedan in India this spring. In sum, many foreign firms are eager to participate in the likely profits to be derived both from the growth of the Indian market and from the development of India as a major producer and exporter of cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and automotive components. Tata Motors operates in Turkey since 1997. I can tell that Tata found high-growth potential also in Turkey where it exports pick-ups, cars, trucks and buses, for your information:)

  5. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer in such great detail!! I am amazed to know about the largest covered market in the world. I am happy to be learning a lot from your blog.

    I did not know that -

    1. Indian auto mkt is growing at 14% vs China at 9%. There is a lot of pent up demand in India, and now people have the resources. Incidentally, banks lend money for buying cars but when people can't pay back, they use strong arm tactics. I was surprised to read a few years ago that "agents" of the bank beat up people and take away the cars. Even banks like Citibank are known to do this. Recently, courts have issued a statement saying that they will hold banks responsible for any violent tactics that their agents will use to recover the loan amount.

    (You know so much about the Indian auto market. I am very impressed.)

    2. Tata is in Turkey since 97. That is a surprise to me.