Sometime ago, flipping through some airline travel magazine, I came across an interesting article about a wonderful country – Turkey… An ancient land of rich, diverse culture… Whose melody I could get a glimpse of, when I read a quote of their novelist, Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006… Asked about his creativity, the writer said: “”I am just listening to an inner music, the mystery of which I don’t completely know. And I don’t want to know.” (btw… Net Info says Orhan Pamuk is partner with Kiran Desai, Man Booker Prize winning novelist… Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam -> वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् … The world is one family….. )
A statement like that of Pamuk surely invites you for more… And surfing around during moments of ‘creative pause’ in the workaday ‘fast-forward or perish’ mode of life, I came across some old Turk wisdom….
Ok… Proverbs time…
The Rig Veda says: आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः… Let noble thoughts come to us from all the world… And so, here comes…
Translations of some ‘Atasozleri’, the Turkish word for proverbs….literally means – “Ancestor Words” …
- Do not roll up your trouser-sleeves before you see the stream
- The person who holds the honey, licks his fingers
- If dogs’ prayers are answered, it would rain bones from the sky
- He who wants yogurt in the winter must carry a cow in his pocket (meaning: if you want something difficult, you must be willing to take the trouble to obtain it)
- He who has burned his mouth on milk blows on yogurt before eating it
- If they said there was a wedding in the sky, women would try to put up a ladder
- It’s not a festival time, it’s not a pleasure trip, then why did my brother-in-law kiss me? (Meaning: There must be a reason behind this… daal mein kuch kaalaa hai…)
- A defeated wrestler is not tired of wrestling.
- Even if you know a thousand things, still ask someone who knows
Sharp vinegar only damages its container
- A bachelor feels like a sultan
- To a bachelor, divorcing a wife comes easy
- The fly is small, but it can upset your stomach
- The tree branch should be bent when it is young
- Free vinegar is sweeter than honey
- The one that falls in to the sea grabs even a snake
- If you give him cloth, he’ll ask for the lining
- Stretch your feet according to your blanket
- I tell it to my daughter, for my daughter-in-law to understand
- Reversing losses at whatever point is a profit
- A village that you can see in a distance does not require a guide
- The one who enters a Turkish bath, sweats
- Demand a task from a lazy person, and be ready to receive advise
- It is better to walk around a bush than fight with a dog.
Wanna hear the sound of ‘ancestor words’?
- “Ben ağa, sen ağa, bu ineği kim sağa”
Meaning: I’m a chief and you’re a chief, who will milk the cow?
OK… folks… Have a Thoughtful, Happy, Good Friday!