It is midnight time in Rome, first minutes of Wednesday. A song of Mark Eliyahu is accompanying my thoughts at the moment.
It has been almost 45 days that I came to this city. A lot happened in this journey so far. But in one word I can describe it as ‘thought provoking’. Even if nothing else will happen this year, living in Rome, witnessing a different culture, awareness of new possibilities, getting the chance of knowing people from different parts of the world would be enough to feel satisfied/blessed. Nevertheless, there are a lot of things to explore like blockchain, social farming or some others like Italian cuisine, cycling in this eternal city or just simply experiencing the sunrise. That’s of course, when I am not a night owl like today.
I took a different route today to reach my favorite library in the city. It was a cloudy afternoon. Unfortunately, It was not open for studying due to some conference. In that case, the second stop was the big book-shop nearby which also has café upstairs for reading, conversations, studying or simply resting.
While walking around the books, I came across with a book of one of my favourite authors. It was an interesting feeling to find Elif Shafak’s novel, Bastard of İstanbul in İtalian. I felt like seeing an old friend of mine after very long time.
The first book that I read from Elif Shafak was called 40 rules of love. What an interesting and inspiring story. She is definitely one of the writers along with Orhan Pamuk, who are able to reflect the situation of Turkish society about the transition from tradition to modernity, the dilemma of being from East or West.
Elif Shafak and Orhan Pamuk are two great authors that I could recommend fully for anyone interested to explore. It is possible to find them in English and it seems like also in Italian.
At the moment, I am reading one book from a Serbian writer, Ivo Andriç called The Bridge on the River Drina. The story is happening in Vişegrad, a town that Mehmet Pasha Sokolovich built a bridge which became center of life of the residents in the following centuries. The book is covering many historical events from the perspective of the bridge and ordinary residents.
Perhaps, the next one to read should be from an Italian author. Every author you read from a different country will benefit you almost like learning a new language. Because books are like windows to different worlds. Every author you read from another country, the way of storytelling, the story itself may take you to another planet.
Actually, there was something else that I wanted to share with you which came to my mind after seeing the book of Elif Shafak in the bookstore. But, it seems like those thoughts are gone at the moment. During the day, a lot of thoughts are coming and going. Many disruptions…
Some thoughts may not stay too much like today, some may never leave you. Usually, I try to apply the approach of Rumi to this kind of situations. He describe this in this poem called guest house.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!